Archives & History

Archives & History

The General Commission on Archives and History serves the church through the memory of ministry, allowing United Methodists to learn from their past and anticipate our future. Its work not only preserves the history of the denomination and its antecedents but makes it accessible. Many resources and guidance are available to those capturing and preserving the history of their congregation and conference.

Read more about the people, places and events that have shaped the rich texture of The United Methodist Church. Photo by United Methodist Communications.

History of the Church

Discover the timeline of the United Methodist Church.  This resource captures all of the significant dates of the evolution of the United Methodist Church.

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Annual minutes from the Methodist Episcopal Church from the collection of Archives and History. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communication.

Managing records for Annual Conferences and Local Churches

Guidelines to facilitate the planning and creation of retention schedules for your local church and annual conference records.

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Scenic photo of Epworth by the Sea, the Christian retreat center in St. Simons Island, Ga. named to honor the boyhood home of John and Charles Wesley. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Heritage landmarks: A traveler’s guide

The Herie Landmarks of United Methodism help keep our denominational legacy alive. 

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Articles and Resources


Contact Information

The General Commission on Archives and History is located in the United Methodist Archives and History Center located on the campus of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, USA. Train service to Madison via New Jersey Transit is available from Hoboken or New York's Penn Station. Newark International Airport is approximately 25 miles from the Center. Hotels, motels, and a reasonably priced retreat center are nearby, but beyond normal walking distance.  Directions to the campus and a campus map are located on the Drew University web site.  If you would like to arrange a tour of our facilities, please contact us at

Address 36 Madison Ave | Mailing Address P.O. Box 127, Madison, NJ  07940, USA | Phone 973-408-3189