Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Sharon Taylor

Donald G. Miller Librarian and Director of the Clifford E. Barbour Library
Started at PTS: 2007

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Ph.D., Boston College / Church History 2004 
Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary / History of Christian Thought, 1986
M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary, 1983
M.L.S., Florida State University / Library Science, 1972
B.A., Florida State University / History, 1971


Dr. Sharon Taylor is the Donald G. Miller Librarian and director of the Barbour Library. Before coming to the Seminary in 2007, she served for 17 years as the director of the Franklin Trask Library, Andover Newton Theological School. A native Virginian, she received her B.A. and M.L.S. from Florida State University, her M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary, her Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and her Ph.D. from Boston College. Taylor has served as president and member of the board of directors of the American Theological Library Association. Other professional activities include membership in the American Academy of Religion and the American Society of Church History. She has also served on several accreditation teams with the Association for Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Her scholarly interests include 19th century American church history, Presbyterian and Congregational history, and the history of missions, particularly the early movements in the United States. She is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Church Association

Ordination: PC(USA), 1997 as Elder

Local Church Membership: Shadyside Presbyterian Church (PC[USA])

Professional Competencies

Areas of Expertise

  • 19th century American church history
  • Presbyterian and Congregational history
  •  History of missions, particularly the early movements in the United States

Professional Service

Board Service

  •  American Theological Library Association (Board of Directors 1988-1991, 1995-1998, 1999 -2005) 

Leadership for Professional Societies

  • American Theological Library Association (former president, former vice president, and former Nominations Committee chair)
  • Presbyterian/Reformed Theological Library Association (former president)
  • Mississippi Library Association

Additional Resources

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Barbour Library
Chapel Audio 1