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Tappan-Zee Conference
Peconic Conference
Frederick Lutheran -- Virgin Island
Brooklyn Conference
Bethlehem -- 3rd. & Pacific (inactive)
Christ Evangelical -- 1070 59th St.
Gloria Dei Church (inactive)
Good Shepherd -- 7420 4th Ave.
Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Epiphany
Incarnation Lutheran -- 5313 4th Ave. (inactive)
Holy Redeemer -- 2424 Linden Boulevard
Holy Trinity -- Ave. R Hendrickson St. (inactive)
Holy Trinity -- Cumberland & Lafayette (inactive)
Lutheran Church of the Messiah -- 129 Russell St.
Our Saviour's -- 414 and 80th St.
English Reformation -- Barbey St
Salem Danish -- 345 Ovington Ave. (inactive)
Salem Danish -- 128 Prospect Ave. (inactive)
Salem Swedish -- 450 67th St. (inactive)
St. Jacobi -- 54-06 4th Ave.
St. John's of New Utrecht -- 84th St. & 16th Ave.
St. John-St. Matthew-Emmanual -- 283 Prospect
St. John's -- New Jersey & Liberty (inactive)
St. John's -- Greenpoint
St. Luke's -- 259 Washington Ave. (inactive)
St. Paul's -- 392 MacDonough St. (inactive(
St. Paul's -- Ave. J and East 40th Street
St. Paul's -- 334 South 5th St.
St. Peter's -- 1004 Bedford Ave. (inactive)
St. Stephen's -- 2806 Newkirk Ave.
St. Philip's - 287 McKinley Ave.
Trinity Lutheran -- 411 46th St.
Zion -- Bedford Ave. (inactine)
Zion Lutheran -- Bedford and Flatbush (inactive)
Zion Norwegian -- 63rd and Fourth Ave. (inactive)

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ELCA Archives

The Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 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.

ELCA Regional Archives

Regional Archives

The ELCA synodical and regional archives collect records relating to synods and congregations, including records from dissolved congregations. Some may also have records from early ELCA predecessor bodies.


Region 1

The core of the collection at the Region 1 archives is mainly from ELCA synods in that area and the Norwegian and Swedish predecessor districts and conferences, but the collections also include such items as the recently deposited records of Holden Village, Chelan, Wash, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington


Kerstin Ringdahl

ELCA Region 1 Archives

Archives and Special Collections

Mortvedt Library Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA 98447

(253) 535-7586



Region 2

Materials on the work of synods in the region are found at the Region 2 archives, as well as core collections from The American Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church in America districts and synods and their predecessors. A recent addition to this collection was the records of the former LCA Rocky Mountain Synod.  Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming

Carol Schmalenberger

ELCA Region 2 Archives

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

2770 Marin Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94708-1597

(510) 524-5264



Region 3

The Region 3 Archives holds records of the work of ELCA synods in the region. It also houses materials from the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America, later named the

Evangelical Lutheran Church, which merged in 1960 into The American Lutheran Church, and records from the NLCA's predecessor bodies: The United Norwegian Lutheran Church, the Hauge Synod, and the Norwegian Synod. The records of the Lutheran Free Church are also deposited here. In addition, it has district and congregational information and materials from Lutheran foreign missions. Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota


Paul A. Daniels

2481 Como Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55108-1496

(651) 641-3205



Though not a current synodical archives, the Lutheran Church Archives at Gustavus Adolphus College holds administrative records of Minnesota affiliates of the Lutheran Church in America (LCA), and its predecessors, the Augustana Synod and the United Lutheran Church in America. Predecessor and supporting synods have included the

Minnesota Conference and Synod, the Red River Valley Conference and Synod, and the English Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the Northwest. In addition, there are congregational histories, biographical files regarding clergy and church leaders, and microfilmed Swedish Lutheran church records (ending about 1930).

Jeff A. Jenson

College and Lutheran Church Archivist / Academic Librarian

Gustavus Adolphus College

800 West College Avenue

St. Peter, MN 56082-1498

(507) 933-7572



Region 4

For Arkansas, Oklahoma:

Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod:

6391 S. 66th E.Ave. Suite 310

Tulsa OK 74133-1760

(918) 492-4288


For the Central States Synod, the archives are located at Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan., which had been the traditional location of the archives of the former Augustana Kansas Conference and its successors. For Kansas and Missouri:

Bethany College Archives

Wallerstedt Library

335 E. Swensson Street

Lindsborg , Kansas 67456-1897

(785) 227-3311, Ext. 8342

Archivist E-mail:

The collection at Texas Lutheran University has materials relating to Texas and Louisiana, with the earliest items dating back to the Texas Synod, starting in the 1850s.

For Texas and Louisiana:

The Rev. Luther W. Oelke

ELCA Region IV-South Archives

Texas Lutheran University

1000 W. Court Street

Seguin, TX 78155

(830) 372-8021


Some materials related to the current Central States Synod territory of Kansas and Missouri may also be found in the archives of the Nebraska Synod, which are located at Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, Neb. That collection has both Augustana materials and records from the German Nebraska Synod, part of the former United Lutheran Church in America.

For Nebraska:

The Rev. Gary Panko

Nebraska Synod

4980 S. 118th St., Suite D

Omaha, NE 68137-2220

(402) 896-5311

Fax: (402) 896-5354


Region 5

In addition to holding material from the districts and synods of The American Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church in America, it is also the main repository for the former Iowa Synod, a church body that existed from 1854-1930.

Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Upper Michigan

Nancy Carroll

ELCA Region 5 Archives

Wartburg Theological Seminary

333 Wartburg Place

Dubuque, IA 52003-5004

(563) 589-0320


Region 6

In Region 6, the collections are particulary rich for the former American Lutheran Church districts and the former Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Lutheran Church in

America and its predecessors.

Indiana, Kentucky, lower Michigan, Ohio

Jennifer Long

ELCA Region 6 Archives

Trinity Lutheran Seminary

2199 East Main Street

Columbus, OH 43209-2334

(614) 235-4136, ext. 4606


Region 7

Among the files of the Region 7 archives at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia are those of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania, which was the first North American Lutheran church body, founded in 1748. The papers of the founder of that organization, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, are among the oldest records on file for ELCA history.

For all synods except Metropolitan New York and the Slovak-Zion Synod:

John E. Peterson

Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia

7301 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19119-1794

(215) 248-6383

Fax: (215) 248-6327



The Metropolitan New York Synod's Sutter Memorial Archives are located at Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y. Materials in this archives date to the beginning of the New York Ministerium in 1786.

For Metropolitan New York Synod:

Sutter Memorial Archives

Horrmann Library

Wagner College

One Campus Road

Staten Island, NY 10301

For Slovak Zion Synod:

Bishop Wilma S. Kucharek

P.O. Box 1003

Torrington, CT 06790-1003

(860) 482-6100


Region 8

Older material in the Tri-Synod Archives collection relates to the former Pittsburgh Synod of the General Council.

For Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia- Western Maryland:

Sarah (Sally) Roth

Tri-Synod Archives

Thiel College

75 College Avenue

Greenville, PA 16125

(412) 589-2131

For Central Pennsylvania, Delaware-Maryland & Metropolitan Washington, DC:

Derrick D. Little

A.R. Wentz Library

Lutheran Theological Seminary

61 Seminary Ridge

Gettysburg, PA 17325-1795

(717) 339-1313



Also housed in the Gettysburg Seminary's archives are the records of the first large confederation of American Lutheran synods, namely the General Synod. This archives also has significant personal papers collected by the Lutheran Historical Society.


Region 9

The archives in Columbia, S.C., hold material relating to the United Synod of the South, a church body that originated in 1863. For Alabama, Florida-Bahamas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Caribbean Synod:


Jeanette M. Bergeron, Director

James R. Crumley Jr. Archives

4201 Main St.

Columbia, SC 29203 USA



For Virginia, also contact the Virginia Synod offices on the campus of Roanoke College, Salem, Va.

Keith Brown

ELCA Virginia Synod

P.O. Drawer 70

Salem, VA 24153

(540) 389-1000

Fax: (540) 389-5962



























Concordia Historical Institute

Concordia Historical Institute is the Department of Archives and History of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.

Lutheran Historical Conference

The Lutheran Historical Conference fosters effective cooperation among persons and institutions concerned with research, documentation and preservation of the resources revealing experiences of Lutheranism in North America.

Lutheran Archives Center At Philadelphia

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 (churchwide) archives in the ELCA.