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Bishop Payne Library


Welcome to the VTS Archives!  Please feel free to contact the Archives directly or check back soon for new content.

The VTS Archives collects documents pertaining to the Seminary and to the Episcopal Church in Virginia. Located on the lower level of the Bishop Payne Library, the archives houses the Seminary’s collection of records, manuscripts, photographs, recordings, and other written materials of unique value.

The Archives serves as the official repository for the records of both the Virginia Theological Seminary and the former Bishop Payne Divinity School. The Archives collects a wide range of manuscripts and personal papers of alumni, professors, officers, and other individuals connected with either seminary. To further document the founding, development, and influence of these seminaries, the Archives also collects records and personal papers of persons and institutions of the Diocese of Virginia.

Since 2003, the Archives has been the home of the African American Episcopal Historical Collection, a joint project with the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church to document the experience of African Americans in the life and ministry of the Episcopal Church.

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