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The history of a social or cultural institution often provides researchers with a unique perspective on the development of a nation.
Such is the case with the Archives of Old Christ Church, Philadelphia.This microfilm collection documents the history of Philadelphia's Old Christ Church, a cornerstone for the Protestant Episcopal Church in America. Researchers will be interested in the parallels between the growth of the church and its impact on the city of Philadelphia and the United States.
Founded in 1695, Old Christ Church defined the plan for Episcopal Church Government after the American Revolution. It was also one of the first parishes to embrace the Sunday School movement--a phenomenon described in this catalog. (See The American Sunday School Union Papers, 1817-1915.)
Among topics of research suggested by the minutes, registers, reports, and personal papers in this collection are:
This collection is also a valuable record for genealogists and local historians researching Pennsylvania and its history, and was originally sponsored by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.