John Bulow Campbell Library

C. Benton Kline, JR. Special Collections & Archives


Welcome to the Archives

The C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives are home to CTS institutional documents, Presbyterian Women histories, presbytery and congregational records, and more.

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Dr. C. Benton Kline, Jr., greeting Drs. Catherine and Justo González

Using the Archives

Learn what we’re doing and how you can access the materials in our special collections and archives.

Reference services and on-demand digitization for the C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives are currently available on a limited basis. If digitization is not sufficient for research needs, researchers—including, but not limited to, current Columbia faculty, students, and staff—can make reservations to view materials in the Special Collections Reading Room, Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm.

For appointments and inquiries, please contact the public services archivist by phone at 404-687-4628 or by email at

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.

The Archives curates rotating physical exhibits in the display case in the main library reading room. These can be seen digitized along with other digital exhibits below.

The below timeline was constructed over the course of a year by Courtney Anne Henry, a 2024 MDiv/MAPT student.  This timeline is the beginning of an ongoing project to document the invisible history of queer people and their experiences at CTS—all information that Courtney was able to gather is contained within, and she knows (and we know) there is more to tell.  Many stories are still missing, and new history is always being made.  If you have information about the history of queer people at CTS that you would like to see added to the timeline, please contact the Archives.

The Presbyterian Women History Collection is unique to the C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections & Archives.  Presbyterian Women groups have been submitting annual congregational reports since the 1930s, first to Montreat and later to Columbia Theological Seminary.  Over 700 congregations are represented in the collection.

To access the histories, please contact an archivist.