United Methodist Archives of the Detroit Conference

    Direct Inquiries to:

    Office phone: (517) 265-5161 x4429


    Adrian 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.



    Online Publications

    Archival Documents


    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.

    Commission Chair:
    Mary Whitman

    Commission Responsibilities:
    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 and publications.

    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.

    UPDATED: 2/18/2015

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