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Welcome to Concordia Historical Institute

Welcome to the searchable online catalog of Concordia Historical Institute’s (CHI) archival holdings. CHI is the official Department of Archives and History for The Lutheran Church­—Missouri Synod located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The scope of this collection is North American Lutheranism – its global mission activities and its European roots.

Tips for searching the catalog:

  1. Place "OR" between search terms to look for either term
    1. (example: mission OR evangelism)
  2. If you are looking for specific media types it may be helpful to include one of the following terms in your search: cassette, compact disc, reel, DVD, VHS, filmstrip, microfilm, photo, coin, or museum (for 3-dimensional artifacts)
    1. (example: prayer AND filmstrip)
  3. If you are looking for an exact phrase, place quotes around the phrase
    1. (example: "For God so loved")
  4. Use the asterisk (*) wildcard:
    1. (example: film*) will include film, films, filmstrip, and filmstrips in the result.
    2. (example: mission*) will include mission, missions, missionary, and missional
  5. To locate print books visit our library catalog at:

We would love to be able to serve your research needs as we Move Lutheran History Forward Together. Please contact us at 314-505-7905 or