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Bishop Payne Library
Archives

Policies

Donations

The Virginia Theological Seminary Archives has been the honored recipient of gifts of manuscript collections, personal papers, and historical documents from generous alumni, faculty, and friends. These gifts have enriched the collections immeasurably, helping us to document the 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; a sample Deed of Gift can be found on this page.

Access

The VTS Archives is an open access repository.  Our primary responsibility is to serve the students, faculty, and administration of VTS by meeting its information and research requirements. As an extension of its mission, the Archives welcomes access to the collections by researchers from outside the VTS community.
 
Prior to accessing the collections, all researchers must complete a Request for Use and Research Policies form and acknowledge receipt and compliance with the reading room policies, and present picture proof of identification, such as a valid driver’s license. The signed Request for Archives Use form and a copy of one’s identification will be kept on file at the Archives.
 
All archival materials shall be used within the Archives Room reading area under the supervision of the Archivist or his representatives. The VTS Archives will be open daily (except Tuesdays & holidays) 9:00-4:00 P.M., September - June, and by appointment only on Tuesdays and during July and August. The VTS Archives is closed daily 12:00pm – 1:00pm and on weekends. The collection stack areas are closed to all researchers.

Reference Assistance 

VTS Archives staff provide all patrons (students, staff, faculty, and the public) with professional, equitable, and courteous reference assistance. Reference assistance will be provided to patrons in need of research aid.  For those researchers unable to visit the collections in person, Archives staff can provide up to 30 minutes of research time and a report of findings free of charge. Please allow at least 2 weeks.



Contact Info


E-mail:
Phone: 
703-461-1850

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.

Archives Policy

List of 2 items.

  • Gifts

    Throughout its history the Archives of the Virginia Theological Seminary has been the honored recipient of gifts of manuscript collections, personal papers, and historical documents from generous alumni, faculty, and friends. These gifts have enriched its collections immeasurably, helping it to document the history, ministry, and influence of its graduates in the Episcopal Church. Other 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. All donations are documented by a Deed of Gift transferring full rights title to the collection to the Virginia Theological Seminary.

    Persons interested in donating personal papers or related materials should contact the Archivist:

    Christopher Pote, CA
    Archivist
    Bishop Payne Library
    Virginia Theological Seminary
    3737 Seminary Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304-5201
    703-461-1850
    FAX 703-370-0935
    cpote@vts.edu
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  • Reference

    Archives reference assistance is available to VTS faculty, staff, students, and the general public. Reference assistance will be provided to patrons in need of research aid, but the archives staff is not able to perform detailed research work for patrons.

    For those researchers unable to visit the collections in person, Archives staff can provide up to 30 minutes of research time and a report of findings free of charge. Please allow at least 2 weeks for a response due to the number of reference questions received and other duties associated with the management and operation of the Archives. All reference requests will be answered. Inquiries by mail, email, or FAX are preferred and should be addressed to:

    Christopher Pote, CA
    Archivist
    Bishop Payne Library
    Virginia Theological Seminary
    3737 Seminary Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304-5201
    703-461-1850
    FAX 703-370-0935
    cpote@vts.edu
    Read More
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