Digital Documents and Images Collections

Institutional Archives and Manuscripts

We have begun a new initiative to create digital collections available to all researchers, using a digital archiving tool that is part of our Library’s catalog.  This method enables us to post information from the history of Union Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education online.

Collections of historical photographs, institutional documents, and finding aids to the personal papers of faculty in the Archives are being made available in digital formats.  Our intention is to focus upon unique materials in our Special Collections that otherwise are inaccessible for study, and that represent significant developments in the history of our institution and the Presbyterian Church in the United States (1861-1983).

A central connection point in our catalog for the existing digital collections is available HERE.

For an ongoing list of the digital collections created so far, please see below.

The Seventeenth Street Mission, 1911-1963 :  A social service and Christian Education ministry created and maintained by students of Union Theological Seminary, and later also the General Assembly’s Training School (ATS/PSCE).

The Josephine Newbury Demonstration Kindergarten :  An innovative ministry in early childhood development and Christian Education, created by Professor Josephine Newbury of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in 1957.

The March on Washington, 1963 :  Artifacts, correspondence, images and information generated by the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  The collection concentrates upon the reactions of churches and clergy in the PCUS to the proposed March, the involvement of students and faculty at Union Seminary, and the coverage of the issues raised by it in The Presbyterian Outlook and the correspondence of its editor at the time, Aubrey Brown Jr.

Robert Lewis Dabney Army Sermons, 1858-1865 :  A collection of manuscript sermons prepared and delivered by Union Seminary professor and theologian R.L. Dabney during the Civil War, while he was serving as chaplain on Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s staff.

The Ku Klux Klan and Christian Churches :  Documents and artifacts representing the activities of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s-60s and responses by churches (particularly the PCUS) and Christian organizations.