Archives

Access During the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Thank you for visiting the School of Theology Archives and Research Collections page. Our access policy for the 2021-2022 academic year is as follows:

Reference Inquiries must be sent to the Archivist and Preservation Librarian via email kjackman@bu.edu  or through the Ask The Archivist form.

On-Campus Schedule

The Archivist and Preservation Librarian is on campus at the following times.

Monday 10:30AM – 4:00PM

Tuesday 10:30AM – 4:00PM

Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday 1:00PM – 7:00PM

Friday 10:30AM – 4:00PM

Saturday CLOSED

Sunday CLOSED

Access For Boston University Students, Faculty, and Staff 

The archives may be accessed by appointment only to Boston University students, faculty, and staff that are part of the COVID-19 symptom attestation and testing program.

Appointments are required for access. Please contact Kara Jackman, Archivist and Preservation Librarian via Ask the Archivist or email kjackman@bu.edu to find a date and time.

Access For Non-BU Community members

Inquiries from the public are welcome via email (kjackman@bu.edu) or by using the “Ask The Archivist” form to submit their inquiries. Please allot 2-4 weeks for a response by the Archivist.

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 (kjackman@bu.edu). 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 4-6 weeks to receive a response to your inquiry.

Reference

Set up a Zoom reference interview to discuss your research topic, resources required, how to find resources online. Email Kara at kjackman@bu.edu.

Research Collections Access

All books are non-circulating and must remain in library at all times during use. Books can be accessed at the following days and at the following times.

Monday 10:30AM – 4:00PM

Tuesday 10:30AM – 4:00PM

Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday 1:00PM – 7:00PM

Friday 10:30AM – 4:00PM

Saturday CLOSED

Sunday CLOSED

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 (kjackman@bu.edu).

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
Exhibitions
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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