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Resources from Emory University for research in the Baptist tradition.
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"Baptist" is a term claimed by congregations, associations, and conventions who share a doctrine of believer baptism, scriptural authority, congregational autonomy, and separation of church and state.

This guide will point to some basic resources and research strategies for exploring this very diverse group within the Protestant tradition.

Web Links

  • Baptist Family Tree
  • Southern Baptist Convention
    The largest of all Baptist groups in the US. Historical and interpretive materials as well as resources for ministry.
  • American Baptist Churches USA
    Web site has general interpretive material and resources for leaders. Some statistical reports are password protected.
  • Alliance of Baptists
    "A clear voice for Christian freedom, distictly Baptist and intentionally ecumenical in an interfaith world." Headquarters in Atlanta.
  • National Baptist Convention
    Web page pf the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the largest African American Baptist Convention in the nation. Has links to resource pages, a brief history, and contacts.
  • New Baptist Covenant Celebration
    Gathering of a new movement which allies dozens of Baptist conventions in North America with moderate theology, strong social action, and still solidly Baptist in values. Endorsed by Jimmy Carter.
  • Baptist World Alliance
    Founded in 1905, this international organization proclaims the world-wide unity of Baptist believers.
  • Center for Baptist Studies  
    The Center for Baptist Studies in Macon sponsors and encourages the scholarly study of Baptists through instruction, emphasizes Baptists’ ecumenical relationships to the entire Body of Christ, and interprets issues and trends in contemporary culture.
  • The Baptist Observer
    A web directory of many links helpful to Baptist studies.
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
    See the CBF constitution and other information about this cooperative group that first formed loosely in 1990 and has since expanded to include more than 1800 local churches.
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Archives
    The Archives and Special Collections department of the James P. Boyce Centennial Library acquires and preserves rare books, manuscripts, Baptist church, association, and convention minutes, photographs, and institutional history. We support the research needs of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College community as well as assist outside researchers who seek to use our collections.
  • ALABI List of Baptist Historical Collections and Archives
    A list of links created by the Association of Librarians and Archivists at Baptist Institutions, linking to Baptist historical collections and archives. The list includes a number of state and institutional collections.
  • The International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities
    Formerly the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools. The Association is owned and operated by its 51 member schools located in 18 states. IABCU member schools include 48 colleges and universities, 2 Bible schools and 1 academy.
  • is a website sponsored by the Association of Librarians and Archivists at Baptist Institutions (ALABI) to provide researchers a one-stop location to digital Baptist resources and basic information on Baptists and Baptist history. An ALABI committee is assigned the responsibility of recommending additions, updates, and changes to the website.

Finding Books

Books in the Pitts Theology Library are organized using the Library of Congress system.

Library of Congress Call Numbers for Baptist Studies

  • BX6201-6227
  • BX6231-6328
  • BX6329
  • BX6330-6331.2
  • BX6333
  • BX6334
  • BX6335-6336
  • BX6337
  • BX6338-6339
  • BX6340-6346.3
  • BX6349-6470
  • BX6480-6490
  • BX6493-6495
  • General
  • History, Local divisions
  • Baptists and other churches
  • Doctrines
  • Sermons/Tracts
  • Controversial Works
  • Creed Catechisms
  • Service. Ritual. Liturgy
  • Sacraments
  • Government. Discipline
  • Individual Branches
  • Individual Baptist churches
  • Biography

To search the catalog, use the general subject term "Baptists."

Follow with history or doctrine or missions or periodicals or a geographic area such as Georgia or a type of literature such as sermons.


Reference and General Works

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Sourcebook for Baptist Heritage - McBeth, H. Leon
Call Number: REF BX6231 .M38 1990
A collection of primary sources from the 17th to 20th Centuries.

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Historical Dictionary of the Baptists - Brackney, William
Call Number: REF BX6211 .B73 2009
Besides having a broad international emphasis in entries, the volume has a helpful chronology of Baptist history. It is the work of one person who taught Baptist history for thirty years. Brief unannotated articles, but extensive topical bibliography.

Dictionary of Baptists in America - Leonard, Bill J.
Call Number: REF BX6211 .D53 1994
Short entries on persons, places, organizations, and ideas; most with bibliographical references.

A Baptist Bibliography - Starr, Edward C.
Call Number: REF Z7845 .B2 S8
Comprehensive, multivolume work of importance, despite it's obvious date limitations.

Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists
Call Number: REF BX6211 .E5 1958
Two volume work with supplements in 1971 and 1982. Articles from brief to several pages and annotated.

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Baptists in America - Leonard, Bill J.
Call Number: BX6235 .L46 2005
A comprehensive examination of all sub-groups of the Baptist tradition from the largest Southern Baptist Convention to the small primitive sects in the hills of Appalachia.

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The Tweve Baptist Tribes in the USA: A Historical and Statistical Analysis - Albert W. Wardin, Jr.
Call Number: BX6235 .W37 2007
ISBN: 9781578430383
Publication Date: 2007
Provides a general history and statistics for Baptist groups according to 12 general subdivisions, including: Ecumenical Mainline, Conservative Evangelical (Northern), Conservative Evangelical (Southern), General/Free Will, and Primitive.

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The New National Baptist Hymnal
Call Number: REF M2122 .N49 2001
Several editions of this hymnal are in the library, with the newest in reference.

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Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism - Randall Balmer
Call Number: REF BR 1640 . B35 2004
ISBN: 193279204X
Well documented, brief entries.


Book Series

Studies in Baptist History and Thought is an excellent scholarly series published by Paternoster Press.



Find these journals in the Periodicals Room at Pitts Theology Library.  Find articles using the ATLA Religion Database.


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