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The School of Theology Archives 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. 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. Please call or email (617-353-1323 or before you plan your visit to the library.

Collection 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.

Donation Information

The Archives accepts donations that relate to the United Methodist Church, and its predecessor denominations, in New England. We also collect personal papers, artifacts, art, and other records that relate to the history of Boston University School of Theology. Other collecting areas include records relating to social justice and religion, art and theology, and Global Missions. Contact the Archivist to determine whether your records are eligible for donation.

Please fill out the Donor Agreement Form and submit this with the records you wish to donate. The Archivist reserves the right to reject any donations due to size, condition, and relevance to the School of Theology Archives collections policies. Please call and check in with the Archivist before donations are sent to the Library.

Archives Policies

Click on the collapsible box to learn the answer to these frequently asked questions!