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Bishop Payne Library


Mission Statement:

The mission of the Virginia Theological Seminary Archives (VTSA) is to solicit, collect, arrange, describe, preserve, and make available the historical records of the origin, development, programs, ministry, influence, liturgical practices, and people of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) and the Bishop Payne Divinity School (BPDS). Please see our Collections page and collection development policy for more information about our holdings.

The VTS Archives is also the proud home of the African American Episcopal Historical Collection
(AAEHC), 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.


The Virginia Theological Seminary Archives is the honored recipient of gifts of manuscript collections, personal papers, and historical documents from generous alumni, faculty, and friends throughout its history. These gifts have enriched the collections immeasurably, helping us to document VTS’s history, ministry, and influence throughout the Anglican Communion. 
Gifts of papers and documents pertaining to the Bishop Payne Divinity School augment the fragmentary remaining official records. The Archives continues to welcome donations of personal papers and related documents in its respective collecting areas that further its mission.  Persons interested in donating personal papers or related materials should contact the Archivist.

Contact Info


Mailing Address: 
Admissions Office
Virginia Theological Seminary, Box 139
3737 Seminary Road 
Alexandria, VA 22304 

On Campus: 
the Archives office is located in 
Bohlen Hall, building #4 on the campus map.
3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22304  |  Phone: 703-370-6600 or 800-941-0083 | Employee Directory