Our Collections

  • Archives, Artifacts, Library & Photographs

    The Presbyterian Heritage Center in Montret houses a wide range of materials. There are more than 35,000 volumes in our library, more than 10,000 photographs and negatives, more than 1,500 artifacts and hundreds of manuscripts. The materials range from 1,500 B.C.E. (or B.C.) up through today.


Manuscripts, rare documents, etc.



Cultural objects, sculptures, more


Books and Periodicals

Rare volumes and reference books



Photos, film, slides, tapes, etc.


Inside the Collection

Congo Missions & Art

The Presbyterian Heritage Center has one of the top 10 collections of Congo artifacts and art in the United States. Presbyterian minister and Congo Mission leader Rev. William H. Sheppard was one of the early collectors of materials from the Central Congo.


The Presbyterian Heritage Center has several thousand photos of Montreat and events, ranging from 1897 to the present.



The PHC contains photographs, drawings, artifacts and documents about chaplains from the 1820s to the Vietnam War. Our collection is especially extensive in Civil War chaplains. Finding aids are being posted of this collection.

Glass Lantern Slides

More than 1,200 glass lantern slides are a significant collection at the PHC. Dated from 1890s to the mid-1920s, these black-and-white and handcolored slides cover a wide variety of subjects -- Calvin, Knox, missionaries throughout the world, religious topics, Montreat, World War I, Presbyterian colleges and much more. Finding aids are being posted of these slides.