American Baptist Historical Society

Founded in 1853, the American Baptist Historical Society is the historical interpreter of the American Baptist Churches, USA. Its six miles of shelving hold the archives of the national mission societies of the American Baptist Churches, the personal papers of prominent Baptist leaders, original church records, periodicals representing the world-wide Baptist press, and books and pamphlets that are by, about, for, and against Baptists. Its collections include unparalleled resources documenting African-American church associations, women’s work, local church and association minutes and the social gospel movement.
Time Travelers are invited to stop by to look at the current temporary exhibit as well as the permanent exhibit on 19th century missionaries. Pictured here are items from Adoniram Judson’s trunk and desk. Time Travelers are eligible for one free day of research in the Reading Room. To make a research appointment or for more information about ABHS, visit our website at ABHSarchives.org.

Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, excluding major holidays and certain other days. Please check the calendar on our web page for exact dates

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