Board of Foreign Parishes. Records

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Board of Foreign Parishes. Records


  • 1883-1999 (Creation)


5.6 cu.ft. (15 boxes)


The Board of Foreign Parishes was incorporated in 1883 to establish and support Episcopal churches for the purpose of providing a familiar place of worship and ministry for Americans living in or visiting Europe. The Board's influence corresponded to the enthusiasm shown by wealthy American Church lay persons living abroad, the interest of the Anglican Communion in maintaining a presence in Western Europe's cultural and military arenas, and the ability of clergy to elicit financial commitments for a ministry among the English speaking population living in Europe. The Board also acts as a trusteeship for parishes in holding legal title to their property. It acts as both a fiduciary agent and a coordinating business entity for congregations of The Episcopal Church on the European continent. In addition to the Board of Foreign Parishes, Paul’s Church, Rome, and St. James’ Church, Florence maintain separate Boards of Trustees which own the buildings and certain financial endowments for their parishes. Together, the three boards manage endowments for the churches in the convocation.

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The Records of the Board of Foreign Parishes are an accumulation of documentation created or collected by officers of the Board and bear the stamp of several Board members, primarily Lindley M. Franklin, Jr., Jeffrey Hill, and Conner Fay. The nearly complete archive includes financial records, minutes, property records, by-laws, charters, estate records, printed material, and insurance records.

Of particular interest in the collection are the business and financial records, notably the correspondence. Other records reflect the administrative involvement of the Board including charters, minutes, estates and real property documents.


Administrative Records, 1883-1993
Financial Records, 1957-1999
Property Records, 1883-1992
Episcopal Churches in Europe, 1923-1993
The Convocation of American Churches in Europe, 1970-1999

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Access to Episcopal Church records is governed by the Archives Public Access Policy. Research requests must be submitted in writing.

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The Archives is able to respond to limited requests for reproductions subject to copyright restrictions, internal policy, and the condition of the source documents.

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Records of the Convocation of American Churches in Europe, 1959-1973

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