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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives:
A Guide to Resources in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia

Table of Contents - Preface/Acknowledgements - Abbreviations
Lists of Entries: District of Columbia - Maryland - Virginia

Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia
Bishop Payne Library

Also known as Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS)

Address: 3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304-5201
Telephone Number: (703) 461-1731
Fax Number: (703) 370-0935
Contact Persons: Mitzi Jarrett Budde, Librarian

Access Policies

Open to the public: No
Photocopying:: No
Interlibrary loan: No

The Bishop Payne Library exists to support the research needs of Virginia Theological Seminary faculty and students and to provide a foundation for the Seminary's curriculum. It is a major resource for the study of the Anglican communion and tradition, both for the Seminary community and beyond. Access and services may be restricted.

Borrowing Privileges:
The Library lends to VTS faculty, staff, students, and alumni. There is very limited lending to northern Virginia ordained clergy with approved letter of reference.

Networks/Consortia:
OCLC, Washington Theological Consortium

Background Note:
Founded 1823.
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Description of Collections

Books and monographs:
141,000 volumes. The particular strengths of the collection are in the areas of biblical studies, church history, theology, the Protestant reformation and denominations, the history of Anglicanism, and liturgical music. A project to collect representative source materials from all the provinces and dioceses of the international Anglican communion is underway.

Periodicals and newspapers:
920 current subscriptions. See above for strengths of the collection.

Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
500 linear feet of manuscripts and papers relating to the history of the Seminary and the Diocese of Virginia. The half-time Archivist is Julie Randle.

Microforms:
6,380 microforms. See monograph section above for the strengths of the collection.

Subject Headings

Anglican Communion--Doctrines; Anglican Communion--History; Biblical studies; Church history; Church history--United States; Church music; Church of England--Doctrines; Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia; Protestants; Reformation

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