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Our Collection:


The Crumley Archives collection is one of the largest non-government archives located in South Carolina. It holds more than 4,000 cubic feet of records related to southern and Caribbean Lutheran synods, churches, other institutions, ministers, and church staff.  In addition to paper records of manuscripts, reports, newspapers, and other materials, the holdings contain microfilm, photographs, artifacts, and various audio, video, and digital media.  Watch our video to learn more about our scope and content!


Synod Holdings:


  • Caribbean Synod ELCA selected records dating from 1952; congregations dating from 1666

  • Florida-Bahamas Synod ELCA Archives, dating from 1929

  • General Synod South and United Synod South Archives, 1861-1918

  • Holston Synod minutes, 1861-1922 (was in Tennessee)

  • Mississippi Synod Archives, 1869-1961

  • North Carolina Synod ELCA Archives, dating from 1803

  • South Carolina Synod ELCA Archives, dating from 1824

  • Southeastern Synod ELCA Archives and predecessor Georgia-Alabama Synod Archives, dating from 1860

  • Tennessee Synod Archives, 1820-1922

  • Virginia Synod ELCA selected records, dating from 1820


Other Institutional Holdings:


  • Lutheran Association for Maritime Ministry Archives, dating from 1937

  • Lutheran Homes of South Carolina and Heritage at Lowman Archives, dating from 1911

  • Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Archives, dating from 1832; LTSS theses collection dating from 1895

  • Lutheridge/Lutherock Ministries Inc. Archives, dating from 1946

  • Newberry College selected records, dating from 1856

  • Region 9 ELCA Office Archives, dating from 1988


Additional Collections:


  • Assembly minutes of most early North American Lutheran national bodies, including synods outside the southeast

  • Clergy biographical information and selected records collections of pastors

  • Congregation histories

  • Early American Lutheran records including Salzburger records from 1733 and the Tryon document of 1771

  • Missionary artifacts and documents from work in Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Tanzania, Liberia and elsewhere

  • Parish registers of disbanded congregations, starting late 1700s; microfilm of registers of selected active congregations, starting late 1700s

  • Periodical journals of Southern Lutherans dating from 1864, including Our Church Paper, Lutheran Church Visitor, American Lutheran Survey and others

  • Library of synod histories, family histories and church liturgical materials

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