Presbyterian History Index

The Presbyterian Heritage Center is posting General Presbyterian History Resources from articles and source materials. This page is under construction. We will be posting links to key books over the next several months. These original books deal with the history of the Presbyterian Church and various denominational disputes, such as the 1837-38 New School-Old School split. Check back on our progress. Click on the underlined book name or item to see.

General

Who Are Presbyterians? A brief discussion of John Calvin and John Knox, founders of Reformed Theology and the Presbyterian Church respectfully.

Resources: Books, Letters & More

A history of the Presbyterian church in America, from its origin until the year 1760. With biographical sketches of its early ministers. By the Rev. Richard Webster ... With a memoir of the author, by the Rev. C. Van Rensselaer ... and an historical introduction, by the Rev. William Blackwood Webster, Rev. Richard. Philadelphia: J.M. Wilson, 1857. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library

A history of the new school, and of the questions involved in the disruption of the Presbyterian church in 1838. Baird, Samuel John. Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger, 1868. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library

A historical vindication of the abrogation of the plan of union by the Presbyterian church in the United States of America. Brown, Isaac Van Arsdale. Philadelphia: W. S. & A. Martien, 1855. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library A treatise by an Old School proponent.

History of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, Volume 1. Gillett, E. H. (Ezra Hall). Philadelphia: Presbyterian Publication Committee, c1864. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library

History of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, Volume II. Gillett, E. H. (Ezra Hall). Philadelphia: Presbyterian Publication Committee, c1864. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library

The constitutional history of the Presbyterian church in the United States of America. Part 1 (1705 - 1741). Hodge, Charles. Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (Old School). Board of Publication. Philadelphia: Presbyterian board of publication, 1851. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library

The constitutional history of the Presbyterian church in the United States of America. Part 2 (1741 - 1788). Hodge, Charles. Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (Old School). Board of Publication. Philadelphia: Presbyterian board of publication, 1851. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library

What is Presbyterianism?: An address delivered before the Presbyterian historical society at their anniversary meeting in Philadelphia, on Tuesday evening, May 1, 1855. Rev. Charles Hodge, D.D. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (Old School). Board of Publication, c1855

American Presbyterianism, Its Origins and Early History. Briggs, Charles Augustus. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1885.

African-American

A semi-centenary discourse, delivered in the First African Presbyterian church, Philadelphia, on the fourth Sabbath of May, 1857: with a history of the church from its first organization: including a brief notice of Rev. John Gloucester, its first pastor. Catto, William T. Philadelphia: J. M. Wilson, 1857.