Presbyterian Historical Society

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 in Philadelphia is the oldest denominational archives in the United States. PHS serves as the national archives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and 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 over 30,000 cubic feet of records from congregations, presbyteries, and synods from across the country, and from national agencies charged with overseeing Presbyterian mission work both in the United States and abroad. The PHS collection also includes personal papers and a library of over 250,000 titles germane to Reformed history from the sixteenth century to the present.

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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.

Image specifications

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

Overhead Scanner: Cruse CS 220 ST

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