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Baptist Roots ~ Collections & Depositories
Baptist Church History & Genealogy

Collections & Depositories

This page is not all inclusive, and is being added to on a daily basis. If you are looking for a depository/collection in a particular state that is not listed here, please email me at [email protected] and I'll turn my efforts in that direction. I won't make any promises on what I might or might not find, but I'll give it a shot. If any of the below phone numbers do not work, please let me know. Thanks!




Samford University Special Collection
Birmingham, Alabama. This collection is recognized as the world's most complete on Alabama Baptists.

Riley-Hickingbotham Library
Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Ouachita Baptist University


Canadian Baptist Archives
McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Vaughan Memorial Library
Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Acadia University. Includes an Atlantic Baptist Historical Collection which is very extensive, including demoninational newspapers, mission materials and Baptist Church records.


John Rylands Main Library
Manchester, United Kingdom, University of Manchester. Northern Baptist College Archive.

Georgia Baptist History Depository
Mercer University Library, Macon, Georgia

Primitive Baptist Library
Carthage, Illinois. 217-357-3723

Franklin Trask Library
Newton Centre, Massachusettes. Andover Newton Theological School. Features a searchable library database. A search on "Baptist" yielded 3365 results, including church histories and other books.

Carl H. Lundquist Library
St. Paul, Minnesota, Bethel Seminary.

Southwest Baptist University Library
Bolivar, Missouri. 417-328-1621

Partee Center for Baptist Historical Studies
William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri. Founded in 1981, the Center supports Missouri Baptist churches and the Missouri Baptist Archives, which has been housed at the College since 1885. 816-781-7700, x5341

New York

Samuel Colgate Historical Library
Rochester, New York. American Baptist Historical Society. Established in 1853. Its resources include more than 80,000 volumes and 225,000 periodicals, pamphlets and manuscripts. Archives located in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. 716-473-1740. Alternate site here
North Carolina

Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University. A search of "baptist" in the online catalog yielded 6585 entries, including some books and a lot of association minutes with historical value. 336-758-5472. Additional Information

Samuel Colgate Historical Library
Valley Forge Archive Center, American Baptist Historical Society. Established in 1853. Its resources include more than 80,000 volumes and 225,000 periodicals, pamphlets and manuscripts. 716-473-1740. Alternate site here
South Carolina

Furman University Library
Official archives for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and the South Carolina Baptist Historical Collection. Specific contents of their holdings are located at They are located in Greenville County, South Carolina. The main phone number for the U is 864-294-2000


Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
Nashville. Established in 1938 as a part of the Southern Baptist Historical Society. Central depository and archives of the Southern Baptist Convention. The library's resources include over 25,000 books, more than 71,000 annuals (minutes and proceedings) of Baptist associations and conventions, comprehensive files of Baptist newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets, audio and video recordings and photographs. 615-244-0344.

James Branch Cabell Library
Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Black History Archives. Several Baptist Collections. Includes an online exhibit highlighting one of Virginia's most historic churches, Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church of Richmond. 804-828-1108.

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Special thanks to Jan Daamen of the International Internet Genealogical Society (IIGS)
for his assistance in the research for this website.

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