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Researching the AAEHC

Visiting the AAEHC

The collections of the AAEHC are available for research by appointment only and researchers are highly encouraged to contact AAEHC staff to determine the availability of materials and schedule an appointment: AskAAEHC@vts.edu; (703) 461-1752.

Due to VTS’s COVID restrictions, the archives and AAEHC are temporarily closed to all in-person visits from the general public, as well as VTS alumni, Washington Theological Consortium members, and local clergy at this time.  AAEHC staff are still responding to queries via email or telephone.

Using the Collection

The AAEHC is home to dozens of different collections, from the personal papers of prominent Black Episcopalians to recorded oral histories and everything in-between. These collections include photographs, videos, letters, diaries, sermons, and much more. Some collections are quite large, and some are smaller, but each one offers a unique insight to the history of African Americans in the Episcopal Church.  All are welcome to conduct research in the AAEHC.

Travel Grants

Thanks to a generous grant from the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, travel reimbursement grants are available to individuals who would like to use the AAEHC for research. Faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, independent researchers, and Episcopal clergy and laypersons are encouraged to apply. Funds may be used for transportation, meals, lodging, photocopying, and other research costs.

The Travel Grant Program has been temporarily suspended as we navigate the challenges of the global pandemic. The program will recommence when safe for everyone.

For general reference:


(703) 461-1752

Mailing Address:

Virginia Theological Seminary, Box 159
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304

On Campus:

The AAEHC is located in the Seminary Archives on the lower level of Bishop Payne Library.