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Columbia Seminary library launches new archives online catalog



Decatur, GA. A new archives online catalog at Columbia Theological Seminary provides public access to records of archival holdings relating to Southern Presbyterian history. The holdings, part of the Special Collections and Archives of the seminary's John Bulow Campbell Library, include records of more than 800 congregations, 500 individuals, and 80 presbyteries.

Formerly located at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Montreat, NC, the records were transferred to Columbia seminary in 2007. The archives include primarily materials from the Southern Stream of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and its predecessor bodies. The Southern Stream is identified as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Virginia. 

At present the archives online catalog contains records for about half of the materials transferred from Montreat, and more records are being added regularly. Legacy finding aids are attached to the catalog records when available. Books and periodicals are not included, but can be searched through CALVIN, the library’s online catalog. For additional information please contact archivist Chris Paton at 404-687-4638 or
Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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