Church History: A Short Guide to Reference Tools

All the following sources are located in the Graham Library College. While this list has an Anglican emphasis, it contains sources concerned with general church history as well. (See guide Short Bibliography for the Study of Church History). Specific call numbers are given below for specific books or series; general call numbers are given for general topics. The following abbreviations refer to locations:

  • TRIN=circulating collection
  • TRIF=reference collection
  • TRIN/WYC=circulating collection
  • TRIF/WYC=reference collection
  • TRINSTOR=in storage: please ask for items with this in the call #
  • TRIN/WYC STOR=in storage: please ask for items with this in the call #

General Surveys

Recent Sources

  • Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church BR 95 .08 (3rd.rev.ed., 2005) TRIF/WYC; TRIN
  • Westminster Dictionary of Church History(1971) BR 95 W47 TRIF/WYC
  • Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity (1990) BR 145.2 086 TRIF
  • The Christian Tradition (Pelikan) 5 vols. (1971-1989) BT 21.2 P42 TRIN
  • New International Dictionary of the Christian Church (1978) BR 95 D68 TRIF/WYC
  • World Christian Encyclopedia (Barrett) (1982) BR 95 W67 TRIF
  • The Cambridge history of Christianity (2005-) BR 135.3 C35 TRIN
  • Turning points: decisive moments in the history of Christianity Mark A. Noll.(2000) BR145.2.N65 TRIN WYC
  • A history of medieval Christianity: prophecy and order. J. R. Russell. (20000 BR252.R8 TRIN
  • A World history of Christianity. Adrian Hastings. (1999) BR145.2.W67 TRIN
  • Jesus and the rise of early Christianity: a history of New Testament times. P.W. Barnett. (1999) BS2410.B277 TRIN WYC

Classic Sources

  • Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics (1908-1927) BL 31 E5 TRIF/TRIN/WYC STOR/TRINSTOR
  • History of the Christian Church (Schaff) (1884) BR 145 .S32 TRIN/WYC STOR; TRINSTOR
  • Creeds of Christendom (Schaff) (1883) BT 990 .C72 TRIN
  • Library of Christian Classics (series) BR61 L59 TRIN/WYC STOR

Early Church Period

  • Ante-Nicene Fathers (series) BR 63 AN8
  • Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers (series) BR63 N53
  • Encyclopedia of the Early Church (Di Berardino) (1992) BR 66.5 D5813 TRIF
  • Cambridge Ancient History (1970-) D 57 C 25
  • Patrology (Quasten) BR 67 Q37 1992
  • Apostolic Fathers (Lightfoot) BR 63 L62
  • Augustine literature BR 65 A80

Medieval Period

  • Cambridge Mediaeval History (1911) D 117 C10
  • Church History: Middle Ages BR 251+
  • Wycliffe literature BX4905

Reformation Period

  • Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation BX 302.8 093 TRIF
  • Parker Society (series) BX 5130 (Search under "Parker Society" as author)
  • Luther literature BR330
  • Calvin literature BX 9420
  • Cranmer literature BX 5199 C83

Post-Sixteenth Century

  • Cambridge Modern History D 208 C10 TRIN
  • History of Christian Missions (Neill) BV 2100 N7 1979
  • Wesley literature BX 821

Anglican Sources

General

  • Anglicanism (Neill) (1977) BX 5035 N24 A52 TRINTRIN/WYC STOR
  • The Study of Anglicanism (Sykes) (1998) BX 5005 S78 TRIN, TRIN/WYC STOR
  • Dictionary of English Church History (Ollard) (1948) BX 5007 D51 TRIF
  • The Anglican Tradition: A Handbook of Sources (Evans) (1991) BX 5005 A54 TRIN, TRIN/WYC STOR
  • Love's redeeming work: the Anglican quest for holiness (Rowell et al) (2001) BX5006.L68 TRIN/WYC
  • Anglican history and theology : documents ed. C.T. McIntire, A.Hayes, D. Neelands. (1998) BX 5005.A53 TRIN

Church of England

  • Prayer Book BX 5145
  • Liturgy BX5141
  • Thirty-Nine Articles BR5137
  • Parker Society (series) BX 5130
  • Anglican biographies BX5199
  • Lives of the Archbishops of Canterbury (Hook) BX 5197 H68
  • (General Works) BX 5035
  • (Pre-Reformation) BX4900+, BX5056+
  • (Reformation) BX5067
  • (Post-Reformation) BX5073+
  • Grove booklets: Worship, Liturgy BX 5003

Anglican Church of Canada

  • Diocesan histories BX 5611+
  • Parish histories BX 5617
  • Biographies BX 5618

World-Wide Anglicanism

  • Lambeth councils BX 5021
  • Ireland BX 5410+
  • Asia BX5671+
  • Africa BX 5691+
  • Australia BX 5701+
  • United States BX 5880+

Other Denominational Sources

  • New Catholic Encyclopedia (1967-1996) BX 841 N46 TRIF
  • Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (1992) BX 9406 E56 TRIF
  • Encyclopedia of American Religions (Melton) (1999) BL 2525 M449 TRIF

Country-Specific Sources

  • English church history BR 741-BR 767
  • North American church history BR 515-BR 600
  • (New) Dictionary of National Biography (UK) DA 28 D51 TRIF (Available online through UTL; see also the CD-ROM version of the older DNB available online in the Graham Library
  • Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches BR 513 Y4TRIF

Atlases

  • Historical atlas of Christianity by F.H. Littell. 2nd ed. (2001). G1046.E4 L5 TRIF WYC.
  • Atlas of the Christian Church (Chadwick) (1987) BR 98 A74 TRIF
  • Atlas of the Bible and Christianity by T. Dowley. (1997) G2230.A84 TRIF .A84 1997 TRIF.

See other Church History resources listed under the following guides:

Prepared by Gary Graber, January 1998; revised Nov. 2012 by Tom Power.