Lutheran Libraries and Archives
Lutheran Church of Australia - Lutheran Archives. The Lutheran Archives is the official repository of historical material relating to the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA). It holds records of the present LCA, as well as records of the earlier Lutheran Synods in Australia which in time amalgamated to form the present LCA. Most records are available for inspection. (Some records have closed or restricted access. Private records of church departments which are less than 30 years old are generally not open for research, unless special permission is gained.) The Archives has a limited collection of items from the Lutheran Church of New Zealand. (If further details are required, researchers can contact the President of the Lutheran Church New Zealand, or the Archives collection at the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.)
Evangelisches Zentral Archiv in Berlin, Germany. As a result of the division of Germany after the Second World War, the Evangelical Churches of the GDR, formed their own "Union of Evangelical Churches of the GDR" (BEK) in 1969, and from 1972 the EKU was divided into two areas. The BEK, together with the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg, established a "Joint Archive" in 1987 in Berlin-Mitte. In 1992, the holdings of the BEK and the EKU-Section GDR were transferred to the Central Archive of the Evangelical Church in Berlin (EZA). The EZA is responsible for all archival material from offices, organizations and institutions of the EKD and the EKU and their legal and functional antecedents. In addition, the EZA has collected archival material from independent supraregional organizations and associations that work closely with the Evangelical church and support it in its message and work as well as from the estates of important individuals who were active within the sphere of the church and related activities.
- Genealogy - How to use the archives for genealogical purposes.
- Information for Beginners
- Library of the EZA. The library has a holding of about 70.000 volumes. The library is composed of materials from the official libraries of the organizations whose files are kept in our archive as well as a collection of other literature that has been collected according to certain criteria. Thus the library reflects the holdings of the archive. By and large, the literature found here dates from the 19th and 20th centuries, although some older titles may also be found.
- Parish Register
Repository. About 7000 Parish Registers from Protestant
parishes which belonged to the former eastern provinces of
the Protestant Church of the Old Prussian Union. These
areas today belong to Poland, Russia, and Lithuania. German
Protestant parishes no longer exist in these areas. About
763 military church records of the Military Church
Registers of the former Prussian army and the German
Wehrmacht. About 70 Parish Registers from German - speaking
congregations outside of Germany.
- Society for German
Genealogy in Eastern Europe. This web site is devoted to
the study of those people with German ancestry (generally of the
Lutheran, Baptist, or Moravian faiths) who lived in present-day
Poland and northwestern Ukraine. Special emphasis is placed on
those who lived in the pre-WW I province of Volhynia (generally
from the city of Kiev on the east to the present-day Polish
border on the west) and on the pre-WW I region of central and
eastern modern Poland known as Russian Poland or Congress
Poland. Peripheral studies include the Kiev and Podolia
provinces in Ukraine, and the regions of West and East Prussia,
Posen, Silesia, and Pomerania as well as Galicia which was under
- Concordia Historical
Institute (CHI) is the Department of Archives and History of
the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). The Institute assists
in researching LCMS parish records and/or a pastor. It does not
offer a database of names of American Lutherans. In 1927 the
Institute was incorporated by interested individuals in the
church to provide for the preservation of its records. In 1959
the Synod designated the Institute as its official repository.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in
321 Bonnie Lane
Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
Telephone: (847) 690-9410
The ELCA Archives are the collective memory of the ELCA churchwide organization, including records of predecessor church bodies, inter-Lutheran organizations, and certain records relating to ELCA synods and their predecessors, as well as leaders and congregations of the church.
Genealogy Help from the ELCA Archives - Includes clergy
files; microfilm of congregational records, mainly
Norwegian, some Swedish, Danish and Midwestern German; and
congregational histories. There is no index to all
Lutherans, are no records for Lutherans outside of the U.S.,
and there is microfilm for less than 10% of all ELCA-related
congregations. There is no charge for inquiries.
ELCA Library - The Library at the Lutheran Center in
Chicago serves those who work and study in the
congregations, synods, schools, social service agencies, and
the church wide office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America. (8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, Illinois, 60631)
Regional Synodical Archives -
The church wide archives also works in partnership with ELCA
synodical and regional archives where records of more local
interest for synods and congregations may be found. Included
are archives for nine regions.
Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia
Phone 215-248-6383; Fax 215-248-6327
Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia is the Northeast Regional Archives (Region 7) for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It is a part of a network of nine regional archives programs and a national level (church wide) archives in the ELCA. The service area is limited to Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Upstate New York (excluding the Metropolitan New York City area) and New England.
- Pacific Lutheran
University - Robert A. L. Mortvedt Library ~
Archives and Special Collections
- ELCA Region I Archives (Alaska, Southwest and Northwest Washington, Eastern Washington/Idaho and Oregon)
Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection
A depository of historical materials relating to immigrants to the Pacific Northwest from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Closely tied to the Regional Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
- Archives and Special Collections
- Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia
- Genealogy Help from the ELCA Archives - Includes clergy files; microfilm of congregational records, mainly Norwegian, some Swedish, Danish and Midwestern German; and congregational histories. There is no index to all Lutherans, are no records for Lutherans outside of the U.S., and there is microfilm for less than 10% of all ELCA-related congregations. There is no charge for inquiries.
- Connecticut Historical Records Survey. Inventory of the
Church Archives of Connecticut, Lutheran. New Haven,
Connecticut: The Survey, 1941.
- Knubel, Helen M. An Introductory Guide to Lutheran
Archives and Collections. New York: Archives of Cooperative
Lutheranism (Lutheran Council in the USA), 1981.
- Lundeen, Joel W. Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow: A
Guide to the Archives of the Lutheran Church in America.
Chicago: Archives of the Lutheran Church in America, 1977.
- New York Historical Records Survey. Inventory of the
Church Archives in New York City, Lutheran. New York City,
History Records Survey, Division of Professional and Service
Projects, Work Projects Administration, 1940.
- United Lutheran Synod Of New York. Committee on Documentary History. The Lutheran Church in New York, 1649-1772. New York: New York Public Library, 1946, 1944.