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Theological Seminary Archives has been the honored recipient of gifts of manuscript collections, personal papers, and historical documents from generous alumni, faculty, and friends.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.
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.
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.