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Reference Guides

Subject guides for the Reference Collection at the Theodore Sedgwick Wright Library

History & Ecumenics Guide

The History & Ecumenics reference guide provides an overview of some basic resources. It is important to remember that specific call numbers appear in a range of numbers where similar subject matter can be found. Please take the time to browse; you may discover your own ideal go-to resource.

Church History

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General surveys

Encyclopedia and Dictionaries

Cambridge History of Christianity BR 145.3 .C35 2006 v.1-9

Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church BR 95 .093 2005***

Realencyclopadie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft (Pauly-Wissowa-Kroll) 

Brill’s New Pauly DE 5 .P33 – .P33313 (2002)***

Theologische Realenzyklopadie [=TRE] BR 95 .T4364 1977



Primary Source Collections in translation

Ante-Nicene, Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers BR 60 .A4 (Link to open access version below)

Classics of Western Spirituality [series] BL 70 .C52

Library of Christian Classics [series] BR 45 .L52

Luther’s Works BR 330 .E5 1955***


Research Tools and Methods/Study Guides/Atlases


Augsburg Historical Atlas of Christianity BR 98 .A52 1967




Early Church/Patristic Period

Encyclopedia of Early Christianity BR 162.2 .E53 1997***

Patrology BR 67 .Q39 1992

Patrologia Graeca / Latina BR 60 .M5311532***


Byzantine, Medieval, and Renaissance Periods

Cambridge Mediaeval History D 117 .C17 1966

Dictionary of the Middle Ages D 114 .D55 1982 - 1988

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance CB 351 .E52 1999 v. 1-6

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium DF 521 .093 1991***

Women in the Middle Ages HQ 1143 .W643 2003 v. 1-2


Reformation Period

Calvin literature BR 301; BX 9418

Luther literature BR 325

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation BR 302.8 .O93 1996***




Catholic (General)

Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils BX 825 .A 1990

Documents of Vatican II BX 830 .A3 G3 1989

New Catholic Encyclopedia BX 841 .N44 2003

The Papal Encyclicals BX 860 .A4 E5 1981



Dictionary of Greek Orthodoxy BX 230 .P37 1992

The Orthodox Church: an introduction to its history, doctrine, and spiritual culture BX 320.3 M34 2008 (non-reference)


Presbyterian/Reformed (American)

Presb. Church: General Assembly Minutes (various years) BX 8952.1

Book of Order [PCUSA] BX 8969.6 .P74




International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements BR 1644 .D53 2002

The Baptists BX 6235 .B628 1988

 Charismatic Movement: A Guide BR 1644.5 .U6 J66 1995


U.S. History (General)

Churches and Church Membership in the U.S. BR 526 .C48 1992

Encyclopedia of American Religious History BL 2525 .Q44 1996

Handbook of Denominations BR 516.5 .M38 2010


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