Access During the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Thank you for visiting the School of Theology Archives and Research Collections page. There have been some changes to access to the archival and research collections during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.

The Archivist and Preservation Librarian is available via email at Appointments are required for access. Please contact her to set up a Zoom reference interview to discuss your research topic, resources required, how to find resources online, and finally to set up an in-person time to review library and archival materials that do not circulate (On-campus access is available to BU STH students, faculty, and staff only. Appointments are required.).

On-Campus Schedule

The Archivist and Preservation Librarian is on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30AM to 6:00PM.

Boston University School of Theology Students, Faculty, and Staff

In-person access to the archives and research collections will be limited to students, faculty, and staff of Boston University. Appointments are required for access. Please contact Kara Jackman, Archivist and Preservation Librarian via Ask the Archivist or email to find a date and time.

Non-Boston University School of Theology Researchers

If you need access to any of the STH Archives holdings, including but not limited to, New England Annual Conference church records, STH Archives, and other collections, please contact Kara Jackman via the Ask the Archivist form or email ( Ask for scans of specific folders in our archival collections or chapter(s) from a book in our Research Collections. Search for archival material here, and for research collections through Boston University Libraries Search catalog.

Please be aware that it may take some days or weeks to receive a response to your inquiry. Also note, that I am working on it, and I will most definitely get back to you with a response.

About the Archives

The School of Theology Archives, located within the School of Theology Library, collects, preserves, and provides access to records of enduring, historical value relating to, or created by, the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Boston University School of Theology. The New England Conference Collections contain Local Church Records, Conference Records, conference journals and other publications. The School of Theology Collections contain records of the administrative offices, organizations and institutes. We also hold personal papers and artifact collections donated by prominent New England Methodists and School of Theology faculty members. All together, the archives contains approximately 2,000 linear feet of records. Records exist in a variety of different formats including documents, photographs, audio and moving image recordings, artworks and artifacts. An appointment is required to access the church records and the other archival collections at Boston University School of Theology Library. Before you plan your visit to the School of Theology Archives, please contact the Archivist and Preservation Library via the Ask the Archivist form or via email (

Kara Jackman has served in the role of Archivist at the Boston University School of Theology Library since 2005. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning her Master of Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Studies and Records Management. She attended the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in Art History. She enjoys writing, exercise, tennis, and watching her beloved Boston Red Sox.

Archives Quick Links

Search Archival Holdings
Ask the Archivist
Research Inquiries
Archival Policies
New England Conference Commission on Archives and History
Records Donation and Management
Floor Plan, Hours, and Directions

Archives Highlights

Click on the collapsible box to get a brief overview of some of the more popular collections the Archives hold; for further holdings, explore our archival holdings or collections page.