VTS Announces New Travel Grant Program to Support AAEHC Research


Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: 703-461-1782
Email: cprather@vts.edu

Alexandria, Va. -
Virginia Theological Seminary announces a new travel grant program to support research in the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC). Funded by the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church (HSEC), the program was developed to offset travel expenses for researchers to use the collection, which is curated at the seminary’s Bishop Payne Library.

“This gift was presented by the HSEC at the annual meeting of the collection’s Steering Committee in June, and our archivists immediately began working to bring it to fruition,” said Virginia Seminary’s head librarian and professor Mitzi J. Budde, who is also co-chair of the AAEHC Steering Committee. “I am happy to announce that the travel grant is a reality, and the application period is now open.”

Faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, independent researchers, and Episcopal clergy are encouraged to apply. Funds may be used for transportation, meals, lodging, photocopying, and other research costs.

The AAEHC was established at the Bishop Payne Library in 2003 as a joint project between Virginia Theological Seminary and the HSEC. Through documents, institutional records, oral histories, personal papers, and photographs, the collection documents the history, heritage, experience, and contributions of African American Episcopalians.

Highlights of the AAEHC include documentation pertaining to the Afro-Anglican conferences, black Episcopal parishes, networking and mentorship among black clergy, Union of Black Episcopalians, the Conference of Church Workers Among Colored People, Lift Every Voice and Sing, the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity, and such individuals as the Rt. Rev. Walter Decoster Dennis, the Rev. Canon Thomas W.S. Logan, Sr., and author Verna Dozier.

The full program announcement and application may be found at http://www.vts.edu/aaehc. For further information or questions concerning the grant program, contact the Assistant Archivist for the AAEHC, Dr. Joseph Downing Thompson, at jthompson@vts.edu.


Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women, representing more than 40 different dioceses and nine different countries, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.