The Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society was formed in 1934 when the Reformed Church in the United States merged with the Evangelical Synod of North America.

Holdings of the Lancaster Archives

From the former Reformed Church, the ERHS collection includes minutes of synods, classes, congregations; records of all boards, committees, and commissions; hymnals; liturgies, and important publications such as the Reformed Church Messenger and the Mercersburg Review.

Most records from former branch archives at Catawba College in NC (North Carolina Classis and Southern Synod), Heidelberg University in OH (Ohio Synod and classes) and Lakeland College formerly Mission House in WI (northern classes) are now housed at the Lancaster Archives on the second floor of the Schaff Library at Lancaster Theological Seminary 555 W. James St. Lancaster, PA (717)290-8734 erhs@lancasterseminary.edu

Especially noteworthy are original manuscripts of the Mercersburg theologians, John W. Nevin, Philip Schaff, Henry Harbaugh and Emanuel Gerhart. Also valuable are the manuscripts and transcriptions of records of early German Reformed churches and ministers in America which the society received from the library of William J. Hinke in 1947.

Holdings of the Archives at Eden Theological Seminary

The records of the Evangelical Synod of North America, which include records from the Conference and districts, boards and committees, local church records, and papers of important denominational leaders and clergy, are housed at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, MO.

Services

The resources of the society are available without charge to its members and to ministers and local congregations of the United Church of Christ. Local churches celebrating anniversaries or wanting information concerning their history may receive assistance from the society’s staff. Confirmation classes and other church groups are welcome to visit the archives. Scholars who are conducting research and genealogical researchers are required to pay a daily fee or become an annual donor.

While the Society is open Monday through Wednesday, visitors are encouraged to call or email and make an appointment.

Lancaster Archives Phone:  717-290-8734

Lancaster Archives Email:  erhs@lancasterseminary.edu

Evangelical Synod of North America Archives Phone: (314)252-3140

Evangelical Synod of North America Archives Email: sholl@eden.edu 

Personnel
Office Administrator & Archives Assistant: Alison Mallin

Collections Processor: Kathleen Kuzmiak

ERHS Board President and Archivist: The Rev. Richard Berg

Evangelical Synod of North America Archivist: Scott Holl

Financial Support

The Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society receives support from donations, contributions, investment income, and the annual UCC Historical Council appeal. Churches and individuals are encouraged to add to the society’s endowment to help assure the continuance of its mission. They are invited to contact ERHS for further information. The ERHS is a sponsored agency of the United Church of Christ.

Donor Benefits

All current donors receive two newsletters a year, are welcome at public programs and are entitled to research help from and tours of the archives

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The society holds an annual meeting at which lectures are presented and business is conducted. All are invited to participate in these meetings and share in the work of the society.

Research Services

If you are unable to visit in person, ERHS staff can perform limited genealogical or general historical research. The fee is currently $35 an hour with a one hour minimum for non-annual donors. Pre-payment of the research fee is required. Fees are non-refundable.