Explore our new online catalog.  The catalog contains entries for our holdings of personal papers, missionary correspondence, and more.   Several entries contain digital images of items from the collections.  This catalog is a work-in-progress, with new entries being added on a regular basis.

Visitors are welcome, we have exhibits and displays that feature parts of our collection.

We are open for research by appointment only; call us at 678-547-6680 or use the  Contact us page. 

Hours: M – Th, 10 – 5 (by appointment).  We are closed to researchers on Fridays.  Exceptions can be made, but we are reserving Fridays to do processing and shelving.  Please check our CALENDAR page for specific dates we are closed.

See an interview with one of our researchers, Kristen George.

ABHS serves as keeper of the record of the modern missionary movement. Our shelves hold unparalled resources documenting African-American church associations,women’s work, and the social gospel movement. We publish the oldest Baptist journal, the American Baptist Quarterly, interpreting for modern readers the lives and issues of the past that shape who we are today.

Among our rarest materials are:

  • An original printing of the London Confession of 1644, the first statement of Baptist principles
  • Manuscript letters written by missionary pioneers Adoniram Judson, Ann Judson, Sarah Judson, and Emily Judson as well as their children
  • African-American Baptist association minutes as early as 1829
  • Official denominational minutes and publication for ethnic Baptists, including Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Italian, and Slovakian immigrant congregations
  • Official records of the Baptist World Alliance
  • Records of missionary Marian Boehr, letters of Lott Carey and Luther Rice

For those who are looking for information in the Edward Starr Baptist Bibliography, it is on line through a collaboration with Baylor University.  Here is a link to that work. 

If you are setting out to do genealogical research, learn more about what our holdings may have to offer you, and what they may not.
ABHS charges modest fees for research visits, staff-assisted research, duplication, publications, and copyright permissions.