In-Person Research

Scheduling in-person research

In-person research is available to paying members of the Historical Society, student members, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations researching their own history and ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The amount of research time available is determined by membership level. See "Research Time" below.

In-person research at the Historical Society's Thomas W. Phillips Memorial Archives is available Tuesday through Fridays. Research visits must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Submit an In-Person Research Request.

Borrowing Privileges

Members may borrow any book of which the Society has multiple copies. The member will be billed for postage and handling and will pay return postage. Non-members may borrow a second copy of a book through the Interlibrary Loan department at their local library for a charge of $5.00 per book (plus postage & handling) which must be paid in advance to DisciplesHistory. The loan period is 1 month, with one renewal permitted.


Researchers should bear in mind the restrictions on photocopying and publication imposed by the Copyright Act of 2003. It is the researcher’s responsibility to determine the copyright status and obtain the necessary permission before publication of material from the Society’s collections. (Please see Copyright Information.)

Research Time

Additional Research Fees

Please familiarize yourself with all policies and fees.

Your Visit

Getting to the Historical Society
Our address, phone number, hours of operation are all found on the Visiting Disciples of Christ Historical Society page.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide free parking for our guests. We reside in a beautiful building, but it is land-locked, with no provision for parking. There is a parking garage behind our building (on Scarritt Place). Metered-parking is also available curbside.

Overnight Accommodations
The Scarritt-Bennett Conference Center is located across the street from the Historical Society and offers reasonably priced accomodations and meals. For more information, visit their website.

Submit an In-Person Research Request