Browse Exhibits (5 total)

Austin Seminary and the African American Experience: Toward Beloved Community


This online exhibit looks at the history of African American students, faculty, and staff at Austin Seminary.

Featured are photographs and documents chronicling Austin Seminary from the 1940s to the present. These selections from the archives tell the stories of some of the people who have helped shape the Seminary into a more inclusive and diverse institution and community.

This exhibit was created in 2019 and may not reflect ongoing changes to our community. Although we were only able to feature selected members of our community in this exhibit, the archives has documentation on other community members and is always happy to help with research or information gathering.

We are on the lookout for more contributions to our historical collections -- if you have photographs, documents, video, or stories that you would like to share, please contact us at

Throughout the exhibit, you may click on the images to open up a larger version.

For Home & Country: Austin Seminary during World War I


Photograph of For Home & Country: Austin Seminary during World War I exhibit case, Stitt Library, 2018

Chronicling Austin Seminary during World War I, this exhibit describes the effects of the conflict on Seminary operations, faculty, and students.

Featured are letters, photographs, pamphlets, maps, and other ephemera from the following Austin Seminary Archives collections: the Austin Seminary records, the Cecil H. Lang papers, and the Arthur Gray Jones papers.

This online exhibit is based on the 2018 physical exhibit of the same name, "For Home & Country: Austin Seminary during World War I."


Christmas Hostesses, 1972-73

Austin may be known for its hot summers and mild winters, but as the weather cools down we are reminded that the holiday season has always been a festive time at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. 

Please view our Wintertime & Holiday Exhibit by clicking on the “It’s the Holiday Season!” link to the right and share your favorite photos with your friends on social media! 

If you recognize anyone in the photos please use the "Contact Us" button at the top of this page.

A Look at Presbyterian Life

Youth at Camp Cho Yeh

The online exhibit "A Look at Presbyterian Life" chronicles the lives of Presbyterians as well as the growth of the church in Texas.

These photographs are part of the Presbyterian Photograph collection held at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Archives. The Presbyterian Photographs collection is an artificial collection of Presbyterian-related still images donated to the Seminary by a variety of donors, some unknown.

The photographs primarily document the early 20th century history of the Presbyterian Church, with a focus on Texas and the southwest, with some portraits dating back to the 1860s.

Navigate through the three themes of the exhibit as you explore the people and places that make Presbyterianism come alive.

Winsome Winners: The Polity Bowl

An APTS student runs with the ball in a 1980s Polity Bowl

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary students play football against the students of the Seminary of the Southwest every year in the Polity Bowl. APTS and SSW fans and players look forward to the football game for its spirit of both competition and fellowship.

Although there have been reports of the game being played as far back as the 1950's, our photographic records in the APTS Archives have proof of the game only back to the early 1980s. Since that time at least, the game has been a fairly consistent part of the fall schedule. A series of practices (for both the players and the cheerleaders) and pep rallies culminate in the final, exciting event. Two teams bring their all to the gridiron, but only one gets to take the Polity Bowl trophy home.

"California has the Rose Bowl. Texas has the Cotton Bowl. Yet, surpassing them all is a bowl game filled with honor, tradition, and pride. Each year, two teams battle for glory, for honor, and bragging rights.

We are speaking, of course, of Polity Bowl." -Kairos Newsletter, November 16, 2007