United Methodist Archives of the
Direct Inquiries to:
Office phone: (517) 265-5161 x4429
College is the repository for the archives of the Detroit Conference
of the United Methodist Church. The Archivist is hired by the
Detroit Conference Commission on Archives and History to manage
this collection. There is an agreement between the Conference
and the College as to the administration of this collection. Currently,
the United Methodist Archives collects Conference meeting minutes,
church histories and records, district records, and materials
related to closed or abandoned churches in the Conference. The
Archives also collects information concerning Conference pastors
and bishops, as well as of the history and development of the
Church, specifically that in eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
On-site visits are by
appointment only. See contact information above.
Commission on Archives and History
The Detroit Conference Commission on
Archives and History meets three times a year, including one with a guest
lecturer at Annual Conference, and manages the archives on the campus of Adrian
College in the Shipman Library.
a. maintain a fire-safe
historical and archival depository and see that all current items (of historical
nature) are preserved therein
b. provide for
ownership of real property and receive gifts and bequests
c. provide liaison
with shrines, landmarks, and conference historical sites in their bounds
d. assist the
bishop or conference program committee in planning for historical observances
at annual conference
e. establish retention
and disposition schedules for local church records under guidelines et by
the General Commission on Archives and History
f. encourage and
assist local churches in preserving their records and compiling their histories
g. engage with
other Wesleyan, Methodist, or Evangelical United Brethren-related denominations
in lifting up our joint heritage.
The Friends of the Archives
was formed in 1972. The purpose is to support and nurture the Historical Archives
of the Detroit Annual Conference and to support pertinent historical research
Membership is open to anyone interested in
church history. From memberships collected and gifts, the Friends underwrite
the newsletter of the Commission on Archives
and History, "The Historical Messenger" that is printed about 3
times a year.
Memberships are as follows: Regular - $6.00 for 1 year
Sustaining - $15.00 for 2 years
Supporting - $30.00 for 5 years
Life - $100
To join send check or money order made out to the
Friends of the Archives to:
Sharon Scott, Treasurer
214 E. Michigan Ave.
Clinton, MI 49236
The General Commission
on Archives and History is authorized by the Book of Discipline of
the United Methodist Church, 2000 (1703) "...to promote and care for
the historical interests of the United Methodist Church...gather, preserve,
hold title to library and archival materials, and...disseminate interpretive
materials on the history of the United Methodist Church...It shall maintain
archives and libraries in which shall be preserved historical records and
materials of every kind relating to the [UMC]...[and] provide guidance for
the proper creation, maintenance, and disposition of documentary record material
at all levels of the United Methodist Church."
The General Commission on Archives and History
is located at 36 Madison Avenue on the campus of Drew University, Madison,
NJ (973) 408-3189 or www.gcah.org/center.htm.
The West Michigan Conference
Commission on Archives and History has archives at the Albion College
Stockwell-Mudd Libraries Special Collections. Reference
assistance is provided by telephone at (517) 629-0487 or online.