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Old Christ Church Preservation Trust (Philadelphia, PA 19106)
Carol Smith (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Preservation Assessment for Christ Church

A preservation assessment, undertaken by an expert conservator, for collections of rare books and manuscripts held by the Christ Church Preservation Trust. The collection includes parish registers, account ledgers, and manuscripts that record the names of people and their activities, providing primary sources that illuminate over 319 years of Christ Church’s history. These records date from 1695 to 1957 and document the role of the American Episcopal Church in Philadelphia and the early United States and the church’s development in America over three centuries.

The Christ Church Preservation Trust is seeking funding for a conservation assessment of a selected number of its 18th, 19th, and early 20th century significant materials by book and paper conservators at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. The archives of Christ Church begin in 1695 and include vestry minutes, parish registers, financial records, rector’s correspondence & sermons. The church’s archives are used heavily by researchers both online and onsite. Formal exhibits are regularly mounted in the Church and at Neighborhood House. The archival documents of Christ Church provide information on life in colonial America, the founding of our nation and reflect the changing demographics of the neighborhood. This project is the next step in carrying out a 2006 Preservation Plan conducted by Jill Rawnsley.

Project fields:
History of Religion; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,250 (approved)
$5,250 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016