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The Archives

The Archives of Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS) maintains materials of three collections; ETS, First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Detroit, and Church Women United (CWU).  A rare book collection also comprises the materials of the archives.


The ETS collection contains:

  • Documents related to the seminary, it’s development, various locations, and administrative matters.  
  • Copies of the Haelan, a biannual journal of ETS.  
  • A nice photograph collection contains photos from the First Presbyterian Church of Detroit, of which material was bequeathed to ETS, when the building was acquired.
  • Other similar materials.


           The collection of the FPC includes:

  • Information on the various Pastors dating back to 1816.
  • Worship bulletins, minutes and notebooks of various committees, The Women’s Association materials and various other things  
  • Information on the widening of Woodward Ave from the 1920s – 30s.
  • Some Church registries. 
  • Other similar materials.

Additional material is maintained at the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library, main branch, and at the Bentley Historical Collection at the University of Michigan.


            The CWU collection contains:

  •   Minutes
  •  Events
  •  Photographs of their work.
  • Other similar materials. 


Additional material is maintained at the Bentley Historical Collection, which is located at the University of Michigan.


            The rare book collection houses:

  • Various yearbooks of the First Presbyterian Church,
  • Some Detroit History Books
  • A Copy of the Leningrad Codex
  • A 5 volume set published in 1712 called Interpretation and Commentary on Scripture in Latin,
  • Numerous other volumes related to Scripture and Theology.  This collection includes some books which are the only copies available in the Americas

While the Archives Collection is not generally available to the public, use of the Collection is possible via submission of the request form and approval of the Library Director.  If you would like to view these materials, please fill out and submit the "Request to Use Archive" form below.  Send to


The Biersdorf Library houses a special collection called the Detroit Collection.  This unique collection houses local history to Detroit, its churches, families, and some Michigan Pioneer History.  The material within this collection is non-circulating.

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