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Seminary Archives

Seminary Archive of old VTS building covered in vines

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Virginia Theological Seminary Archives is to serve the seminary community by collecting, preserving, and making available through open and equitable access: the institutional records of Virginia Theological Seminary and Bishop Payne Divinity School; the papers of prominent individuals of the two organizations; and the holdings of the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC).  The AAEHC, charged with documenting the Black experience in the Episcopal Church, is a joint project of VTS and the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church.


The Virginia Theological Seminary Archives is the honored recipient of gifts of manuscript collections, personal papers, and historical documents from generous alumni, faculty, and friends throughout its history. These gifts have enriched the collections immeasurably, helping us to document VTS’s 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 accept donations of materials that further its mission.  Persons desiring to make a contribution to the collection should contact the Archives.

For general reference:

Mailing Address:

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

On Campus:

The Archives office is located on the lower level of Bishop Payne Library.