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History & Archives

Beginning in the 1850s, the story of the Episcopal Church in Los Angeles and greater Southern California is enlivened by people and places of faith and action. For example, L.A.’s Church of the Epiphany played a key role in advocacy with Chicano movement, regularly hosting civil rights leaders Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in early years of their activism, as recently highlighted by KCET television.

More historical highlights

  • “From Civil War to Civil Rights: Episcopal Church Ministry in Los Angeles 1864-2014,” marking 150 years of parochial


  • View video: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Anaheim, Orange County’s oldest sanctuary in continuous use


Archival Collections

As part of the Digital Diocese initiative, work continues to scan and post numerous historically significant texts, including the journals of Diocesan Convention and back issues of diocesan publications. Links will be posted here as they become available. Meanwhile, requests for baptismal and marriage records, as well as other historical research requests, may be directed to Canon Robert Williams, diocesan historiographer and archivist as appointed by Diocesan Convention. Email: rwilliams@ladiocese.org; 213.482.2040, ext. 240. For resources from wider history across the denomination, visit the Archives of the Episcopal Church, https://www.episcopalarchives.org/.