Presbyterian Historical Society
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Documents from the Presbyterian Historical Society
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About the Presbyterian Historical Society
Organized in 1852, the Presbyterian Historical Society is the oldest denominational archives in the United States and serves as the national archives for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations. PHS exists to collect, preserve, and share the story of the American Presbyterian and Reformed experience with Presbyterians, the scholarly community, and the general public.
The society’s holdings include more than 250,000 titles reflecting the history of the Presbyterian tradition in America and over 30,000 cubic feet of official records and personal papers. These include records of congregations, presbyteries, synods, and General Assembly agencies of the current and some predecessor Presbyterian and Reformed denominations in America.
These records are supplemented by the personal papers (including correspondence, diaries, and photographs) of significant Presbyterians and ecumenists, with a particular emphasis on mission history in this country and abroad. The society also serves as the archives for ecumenical organizations including the Federal and National Council of Churches, the American Sunday School Union, and Religious News Service.
OPenn includes some of the items from the Presbyterian Historical Society. For more information on all available collections see:
Image standards and specifications
The materials from the Presbyterian Historical Society 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
Burial records, 1804-1810, vol. 3
(United States, 1804-1810)