for finding lists for Original Church Records and Manuscript Collections.
ABHS serves as keeper of the record of the modern missionary movement. Our shelves hold unparalled resources documenting African-American church associations, women's work, and the social gospel movement. Our resources include more than 80,000 volumes and 225,000 periodicals, pamphlets and manuscripts.
We do not keep a searchable database of our archives online. They are best explored at our Atlanta location. Make an apppointment with us.
See Special Collections for a selection of finding lists for Original Church Records and Manuscript Collections. Although extensive, these are not complete lists of our holdings.
Materials held in the Archives Center include:
- original correspondence of home and overseas missionaries,
- official denominational minutes and publications,
- documents from the Baptist World Alliance,
- personal papers of Baptist leaders,
- photographs and glass slides,
- artifacts and mementos.
Among our rarest materials are:
- An original printing of the London Confession of 1644, the first statement of Baptist principles
- Manuscript letters written by missionary pioneers Adoniram Judson, Ann Judson, Sarah Judson, and Emily Judson as well as their children
- African-American Baptist association minutes as early as 1829
- Official denominational minutes and publication for ethnic Baptists, including Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Italian, and Slovakian immigrant congregations
- Official records of the Baptist World Alliance
- Records of missionary Marian Boehr, letters of Lott Carey and Luther Rice, and the ex-slave narrative of George M. Horton