The Archives

The mission of The Commission on Archives and History is the stewardship of Conference faith memories. We collect, preserve and make available the publications, records and artifacts of The United Methodist Church in Wisconsin, including data related to the origin and history of our Conference and its antecedents. The collection consists of Minutes of Annual Conferences, Books of Disciplines, hymnals, periodicals and tracts, local church records and general reference books on United Methodist history.

Several people have donated their photo collections, manuscripts, records and documents that pertain to Wisconsin United Methodist history to the Archives. In addition, we collect local church histories, as well as professional and personal information on all clergy who have ever been assigned to a charge or circuit in the state.

The history of United Methodism in Wisconsin is rich and deep. Ancestral denominations of United Methodism in Wisconsin include: The Methodist Episcopal Church, The United Brethren in Christ, The Evangelical Association, The Methodist Protestant Church, The Ethnic Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, The German ME, The Norwegian-Danish ME and The Swedish ME.

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 a specific research inquiry and are unable to visit the Archives yourself, we recommend that you submit a detailed request by letter and we will respond to your request as quickly as possible.

Archives Policies

The Commission on Archives and History will:

  • Collect and solicit material relating to the origin and history of the Conference and its antecedents, including official Conference and Church publications, the minutes of all conference boards and agencies, reports of District Superintendents and Conference camps, and published and unpublished histories of the Annual Conference and its antecedents.
  • Encourage and assist local churches in preserving their records, compiling their histories and celebrating their heritage. The CAH will also provide workshops for on archival topics--such as records management--and direct the local church to others who can help in the preservation of materials and other historical concerns.
  • Maintain the historical records of all abandoned or discontinued churches in the bounds of the Annual Conference and its antecedents, as well as the historical records of any active church upon request.
  • Personal papers of clergy, missionaries, deaconesses and lay people associated with the conference and its activities may be donated to the Conference Archives. The Archives will accept manuscripts and printed material related to the history of the Annual Conference, United Methodism and their denominational antecedents.
  • The depository will be located at the Wisconsin Conference Headquarters in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and will be open to the public during regularly posted hours.