Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Archives
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Documents from the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Archives
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About the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Archives
After the American Revolution, Anglicans became Episcopalians. Led by the Reverend William White, they organized the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania in 1784. White became its first bishop three years later. Initially, the Diocese spanned a vast area, extending from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, encompassing the whole of Pennsylvania. By 1910 there were five Episcopal dioceses in Pennsylvania, and the Diocese of Pennsylvania consisted of Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties.
The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania's Archives are home to a vast array of material relating to the people and parishes comprising the Diocese as well as the Diocese itself. Within its stacks are material relating to parishes that have closed, the registers, the vestry minutes as well as documents making up the life of these churches which are no longer with us. It also holds a large volume of histories, both at the parish level comprising both active and closed parishes, as well as histories of the diocese and its various organizations.
The Archives also holds a large volume of material related to those committed to running the Diocese. There are records from the various Bishops, Standing Committee and General Conventions, to better understand the direction we have come from. There are also various print runs of the publications the Diocese has put out as well including a long run of the Church News.
Image standards and specifications
The materials from the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Archives on OPenn were scanned as part of a CLIR-funded project to digitize the early records of Philadelphia’s oldest congregations. Materials were digitized at the Regional Digital Imaging Center of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
Archival masters are at least 300 ppi 24-bit color uncompressed TIFF images. Most images are scanned at 600 ppi. Archival images have been cropped and rotated, but have not been sharpened or color adjusted. The images use the AdobeRGB profile.
Imaging and processing equipment
Book Scanner: BookEye 4 V1A Professional
- Maximum scan size: 25 x 33.5 inches.
- Maximum resolutions: 600 dpi
- Scanner has a V-cradle for open volumes, as well as a glass plate to hold originals flat. Depending on the original item, one of these features may be used to complete the scan.
- Scanner provides automatic page splitting and cropping
Overhead Scanner: Cruse CS 220 ST
- Scan bed / size: 48 x 72 inches magnetic platform with vacuum table
- Focus system: Autofocus - Scanner: 24 or 48 bit color
- Maximum scan size: 14.4k x 26.64k pixels
- PPI: 48 x 72 inches at 300 ppi ; 23 x 45 inches at 600 ppi
- Maximum file size: 1.1 GB, 3x8 bit
- Lighting: High frequency cold-cathode, 4 x 55 Watts with texture lighting effect
The documents on OPenn
Interment records, 1811-1852
(United States, Between 1811 and 1852)
Lottery account book, 1773
(United States, 1773)
Lottery book, 1774
(United States, 1774)
Record of marriages at St. Paul's Church, 1759-1835
(United States, Between 1759 and 1835)
St. Paul's P.E. Church, Marriage Register, 1760-1802
(United States, 1760-1802)
Volume 1: St. Paul's Phila. Parish Registers: Marriages (1821-1829); Funerals (1821-1829); Baptisms (1821-1829); Confirmations (1820-1826)
(United States, Between 1821 and 1829)
Parish register, 1829-1865
(United States, Between 1829 and 1865)
Parish register, 1866-1888
(United States, Between 1866 and 1888)
Receipt book, 1794-1809
(United States, Between 1794 and 1809)
Register of burials, 1856-1869
(United States, Between 1856 and 1869)
Marriage register, 1786-1813
(United States, Between 1786 and 1813)
Journal of the meetings that led to the formation of the diocese, 1784
(United States, 1784)