Research & FAQ

Research and Reference Inquiries

The C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives is an archive for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

A note on access: The policy of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is to restrict access to all official denomination records on deposit that are less than 50 years old. If researchers wish to access these records, we require that they secure written permission from the records’ owners. If you believe this restriction will affect your research, please contact us for further instructions prior to visiting.

Reproduction

Reproduction services such as photocopying are available, but may be limited due to donor restrictions, copyright law, condition of the item, or other reasons.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. All responsibility for copyright infringement, questions arising from copyright, and the use of the copies provided is assumed by the person using the materials.

Attestations for Living Individuals

Our staff will search for records of baptism, marriage, and church membership of living individuals. The request must be from the individual or his/her legal representative.

The search fee is $10 and payments can be made to Columbia Theological Seminary.  Please note that we cannot guarantee a record of the baptism.  There are no refunds if information is unavailable.

Please first contact the archivist to ensure that we have the records from a given church for a specific time period. Once you receive confirmation, please fill out the Attestation Request Form. Please allow four to six weeks to process your request.

Genealogical Research

Please be aware that requests for records of deceased individuals fall under Genealogical Research. Our staff will search for baptism, marriage, membership, and/or death records. We charge a fee of $30.00 for one hour of research (no split hours). The fee includes up to 10 photocopies, 10 PDF scans, or 10 JPG images per request. Payment is required in advance.

To request information on a baptism, marriage, membership, and/or death record please first contact the archive.

For information on hiring a local independent researcher, we recommend reaching out to the Georgia Genealogical Society and the Georgia chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Microfilm/Microform Use

A microfilm/microfiche reader/printer is available in the microform area on 2W where researchers can save and print material.

Copies cost 5 cents per page, payable at the circulation desk.

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