Papers of the Lambeth Conference

Scope and Content

The Papers of the Lambeth Conference, which met first in 1867 and roughly every ten years thereafter, comprise verbatim accounts of the proceedings, committee minutes, correspondence and photographs. The subjects covered by the Conferences were wide-ranging, spanning social and political issues as well as matters of ecclesiastical and theological significance throughout the world (see the published reports and resolutions, and Davidson, R.T. (ed.), The six Lambeth Conferences, 1867-1920, 1929).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Lambeth Conference first met at Lambeth Palace in 1867, and has met roughly every ten years thereafter, moving to Church House in Westminster in 1968, and to Canterbury from 1978. The Conference is an assembly of the bishops of the Anglican Communion under the presidency of the Archbishop of Canterbury.


The material is arranged by conference, with proceedings and accounts, correspondence and papers, and in some cases minutes and papers of the committees appointed by the Conference. There are also photographs for some years.

Conditions Governing Access

A full readers ticket is required for this material.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogue of the records of the Lambeth Conferences, 1867-1958, and of the Central Consultative Body, 1897-1954 (typescript). Barber, M. (ed.) Index to the Lambeth Conference Papers, 1867-1958, (typescript, 1993). This provides an index of correspondence, speakers at the Conferences, and photographs of the bishops.

Conditions Governing Use

Custodial History

The Library was founded as a public library by Archbishop Bancroft in 1610, and its collections have been freely available for research ever since. The archives of the Archbishops of Canterbury have been deposited in the Library.



Related Material

Archbishops Papers; Manuscripts sequence.


A.M.G.Stevenson The first Lambeth Conference (London: SPCK, 1967). R.T.Davidson (ed.) The six Lambeth Conferences, 1867-1920 (London: SPCK, 1929). A microfilm of the proceedings, 1867-1958, and correspondence, 1867-1888, is held by the archivist of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas.