Archives & Manuscripts Collections


Concordia Historical Institute is one of the world's largest repositories of information on Lutheranism in North America. With over 1,400 individual collections and more than 2.6 million documents, the archives and manuscript holdings document American Lutheran history from the 19th century "Old Lutheran" immigration movements to the present.

As the Department of Archives and History of The Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod (LCMS), the Institute preserves the records of boards, commissions, committees, task forces, officers and other official entities of the Synod. The holdings also include personal papers of theologians, professors, pastors, teachers and lay leaders of the church, as well as records of synodical districts, congregations, educational institutions and other Lutheran organizations.

For information on our policies regarding access to our collections, please see our Reference & Research page.

Database Search

To search the collections database enter your keyword(s) below, select how to search for the words, and submit the form. Separate keywords with spaces. Do not use any special characters (like commas) unless searching for an EXACT PHRASE. Found words will appear like THIS on the results page. Listings with associated Finding Aids will provide a link.

Please be as specific as possible with your keywords. Common words such as Lutheran, Church, Board, etc. should be avoided, as they can produce extremely lengthy results listings.

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Database updated on Monday, November 05, 2001.

Available Finding Aids

The forms below list all of the Finding Aids currently available on-line. We are constantly adding to these lists so check back often.

Archive Collections
(records of LCMS entities)


Manuscript Collections
(records of personal papers)



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