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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. Visit our page of frequently asked questions.

Research Visits, Directions, and Hours of Operation

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. Hours of operation for the School of Theology Library and Archives and Research Collection can be found in the Library Hours widget on the side of our webpage and directions to the library can be found here. It is recommended to take public transportation to visit the library, if at all possible; the School of Theology Library building (745 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02215) is conveniently located directly across from the BU Central stop of the MBTA’s Green Line (B Train). Note there are several other MBTA buses and trolleys that service the area.

Collection Information

exhibit 002The 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.

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.

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