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The Presbyterian Historical Society's collections include archival records, published materials, and artifacts documenting the history of the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition in America.

To help patrons locate materials, the society has created several catalogs.

In this section, you will find:

Calvin, the society's online library catalog

Sheppard, the society's tool for searching the following databases:

  • Archives Database
  • Foreign Missionary Vertical Files Index
  • Biographical Vertical Files Index
  • Congregation and Other Organization Vertical Files Index
  • Hall's Index of American Presbyterian Congregations
  • Museum Database
  • Communion Tokens Database


Research Tools help you access the wealth of materials at PHS by providing more detailed descriptions than are found in our catalogs.

In this section, you will find:

Guides to Archival Collections

Hall's Index of American Presbyterian Congregations

Church Record Surveys

Subject Guides

National History Day

Many of the historic documents in our holdings have been donated by individuals and families who lived the history in those records, or by their descendants. In this section, you will find information about:

Pam Byers Memorial Collection 

African American Leaders & Congregations Collecting Initiative

Donating Personal and Family Papers

Visit Pearl our digital collections repository.