Episcopal Diocese of Haiti and San Pedro de Macoris of the Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana. Records

Identity elements

Reference number


Level of description



Episcopal Diocese of Haiti and San Pedro de Macoris of the Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana. Records


  • 1897-1898 (Creation)


.15 cu.ft. (1 envelope)


The Episcopal Church in the Dominican Republic began as a mission for English speaking residents when Benjamin Isaac Wilson, a self-taught priest, founded the Church of the Holy Trinity at San Pedro de Macoris. It operated under the Episcopal jurisdiction of the independent Haitian Orthodox Apostolic Church until 1913, when the church in Haiti, faced with collapse, was received into The Episcopal Church in the United States as a missionary district. The Episcopal Bishop of the Missionary District of Puerto Rico, the Rt. Rev. Charles Blayney Colmore, assumed responsibility for the Dominican mission. In 1928, jurisdiction over the Dominican church was transferred to the Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of Haiti. Though a Missionary District of the Dominican Republic was formed by General Convention in 1940, the Bishop of Haiti continued as Bishop-in-Charge, under the direction of the Presiding Bishop, until 1959, when the first Bishop of the Dominican Republic, Bishop Paul A. Kellogg, was elected.

Content and structure elements

Scope and content

This record group consists of seven hand-written documents which record the founding of the Dominican Episcopal Church in 1897, and the ordination of its leader, Benjamin I. Wilson, in 1898, under the aegis of the Haitian Orthodox Apostolic Church. Other historic documents, typescripts, and photographs represent the genesis and development of the Dominican Episcopal Church. Included are a “Covenant of Understanding” signed by Wilson and Bishop James Holly of the Haitian Church, and a testimonial in French signed by Monsieur A. Battiste, Chancellor of the Haitian Church. Also noteworthy are the Articles of Government of the Church of the Holy Trinity, a one-page document signed by representatives of the Church.


Arranged chronologically

Conditions of access and use elements

Access conditions

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

Technical access

Rights and permissions

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

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

Language and script notes

Descriptive inventories

Acquisition and appraisal elements


Related materials elements

Related records and archives

Related descriptions

Notes element

Description control element

Access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Accession area