Books and Pamphlets
The SBHLA actively collects publications that reflect Baptist life and thought. The more than 25,000 books in the circulating collection, a balance of the old and the new, relate to general Baptist history and religion in America.
Specific items include biographies of Baptist leaders, sermon collections, Bible study aids, works on Christian doctrine, church polity, and histories of churches, associations, conventions, and agencies.
The SBHLA's extensive pamphlet collection (4,500 items) focuses on the response of Baptists to theological and social questions during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Archives and Manuscripts
The SBHLA houses selected official records of the following current and former denominational agencies: The Foreign Mission Board, Home Mission Board, Executive Committee, Christian Life Commission, Historical Commission, Stewardship Commission, Annuity Board, Brotherhood Commission, Radio and Television Commission, the Baptist Join Committee on Public Affairs, Sunday School Board, and the American Baptist Theological Seminary Commission as well as the personal papers of pastors, missionaries, and denominational leaders. Records of other related Baptist institutions/organizations are also included.
Annual proceedings and minutes of national, state, and associational Baptist organizations are rich resources for information. Annuals include reports, motions, resolutions, lists of ministers, and statistical information on churches. Some annuals are available in hard copy; others are available on microfilm.
The massive microfilm collection (16,000 reels) includes church records, annuals, pamphlets, books, Baptist periodicals and newspapers, and music. Materials related to African-American Baptists, British Baptists (including the Baptist Missionary Society Archives), and Baptists in other countries are also available to researchers.
More than 300 current periodicals are available including Baptist publications from other countries. Newspapers, journals, and serials published by and about Baptists make up most of the collection. The holdings cover mainly the 19th and 20th centuries. Indexes are available to some of these publications.
Recordings of oral history interviews with denominational leaders, proceedings of meetings and conventions, sermons, and music are available in this collection. Audiotapes of Southern Baptist Convention meetings date back to 1954.
Videotapes and motion picture films produced by Southern Baptist Convention agencies and SBC meetings (since 1976) as well as other denominational meetings are also located here.
Our photograph collection contains some 12,000 images of Baptist leaders,
pastors, missionaries, buildings, and events.
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