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Bishop Payne Library


The VTS Archives proudly maintain four unique collections: VTS Personal Papers, VTS Records, African American Episcopal Historical Collection and The Bishop Payne Divinity School Collection.



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.

VTS Personal Papers

The VTS Archives contains personal papers and collections of prominent members of the VTS community. Other manuscript collections document the Episcopal Church at the regional, diocesan, and/or local level. Subject areas of depth include VTS professors of the second half of the 20th century, 19th-century Virginia Episcopal sermons, 19th-century Virginia clergymen, and Episcopal Church liturgical development during the 20th century.
Collections marked with * have online finding aids. 

Archdeaconry of the Blue Ridge Collection
Bishop Payne Divinity School Records *
Bowie, Walter Russell, Papers
Bryan, Corbin B., Papers
Crite, Allan Rohan, Papers*
Dennis, Walter Decoster, Papers *
Gibbs, J. Lewis, Sermon Collection
Gibson Family Collection
Jacobs, Solomon, Papers
Mayo, George P., Collection
Morss, Jacob B., Sermon Collection
Murray, Archibald, Papers *
Packard, Joseph, Diary
Board of Trustees Minutes (VTS), 1823-1841, 1866- present
Whittle, Dennis, Research Collection on William Neve

VTS Records

The VTS Archives preserves the official records and documents related to the trustees, deans, faculty, faculty committees, offices, administrators, and student organizations of Virginia Theological Seminary. These records span the entire history of VTS from prior to its founding in 1823 to the present time; they include institutional publications, photographs, sound recordings, film, and video. The holdings of seminary records are most complete from 1955 to the present.

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  • The Seminarian

    "The Seminarian" was a monthly newsletter published by students at VTS. Click "read more" to read PDF files of issues from 1878-1880
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African American Episcopal Historical Collection

Through documents, institutional records, oral histories, personal papers, and photographs, the AAEHC documents the experience of African American Episcopalians. Individual collections contain significant references to religious faith and involvement in the Episcopal Church, particularly at the regional, diocesan, and local levels.
How to make financial and material donations to AAEHC

Bishop Payne Divinity School Collection

Bishop Payne Divinity School (BPDS) was founded in Petersburg, Virginia, in 1878, to prepare African Americans for ministry in the Episcopal Church. BPDS closed in 1949 but later merged with Virginia Theological Seminary in 1951.  At that time VTS inherited its records and the responsibility to preserve its history. The VTS Archives is the official repository for the records of Bishop Payne Divinity School and collects the papers of its students, faculty, individuals, and information important to its history.
Bishop Payne Divinity School was named in honor of the Rt. Rev. John Payne, VTS 1836 and First Missionary Bishop to Liberia.  Bishop Payne Library was named in honor of the Divinity School to keep alive its memory and heritage.
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