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Mission of the Archives
The mission of the Commission on Archives and History is the stewardship of faith memories by collecting, preserving and making available to the public the publications, records and artifacts of the United Methodist Church in Wisconsin including data relating to the origin and history of the conference and its antecedents.
The Wisconsin Conference Archives houses the collection of historical materials concerning United Methodism in Wisconsin. Ancestral denominations of United Methodism in Wisconsin include: The Methodist Episcopal Church; The United Brethren in Christ; The Evangelical Association; The Methodist Protestant Church; and The Ethic Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church: The German ME; The Norwegian-Danish ME; The Swedish ME; and The Lexington ME (African) The collection consists of Minutes of Annual Conferences, disciplines, hymnals, periodicals and tracts, some local church records, and general reference books on United Methodist history. For a general overview of United Methodist history in Wisconsin, see The Flame and Cross, by William Blake, Worzalla Co., Steven Points, Wisconsin (1973), and The History of Methodism in Wisconsin by P. S. Bennett, Cranston & Stowe, Cincinnati (1890).
Several people have donated their photo collections, manuscripts, records and/or papers which pertain to Wisconsin United Methodist history to the Archives. In addition, there are many files of local church histories. An on-going project of the Archives is to catalog and confirm the professional and personal information of virtually every minister who has ever been assigned to a charge or circuit in the state.
Policies and Procedures - Collecting Policy
The Commission on Archives and History shall collect and solicit the following materials:
Policies and Procedures - Access and Use Policies
All patrons must read, understand and sign a copy access and use policies before gaining access to collections. These policies include:
The Archives serves all who are interested in the history of United Methodism in Wisconsin. In the past, we have helped researchers, church secretaries, local church historians and genealogists. We especially welcome questions concerning proper document preservation and management at the local church level. If you have you a specific research inquiry and are unable to visit the Archives yourself, we recommend that you submit a detailed request by letter and be patient. Staff time is limited but we will respond as soon as is possible.
Contact the Archives
The Archives of the Wisconsin Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is located in Suite 302 of Conference Headquarters at the corner of Windsor and Bird Street in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Sun Prairie is ten minutes northeast of Madison on Hwy 151. The Archives are open Monday and Thursday morning from 8:00 until 12:00 p.m. Other times may be arranged by appointment.
Send your questions to:
Lynn Lubkeman, Archivist
Phone: (608) 837-7328
Fax: (608) 837-8547
created 2 April, 2003 updated 11 November, 2012
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