Archives and History


We encourage you to visit This site is administered by the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. It has a wealth of information and resources especially geared to local church pastors, historians and members.

Among other things, this site includes: "Guidelines to Managing Records of the Annual Conference and the Local Church," "How to Write a Local Church History," "Guidelines for Managing Electronic Records" and "Heritage Sunday" resources.

Kansas United Methodist Archives

The Kansas United Methodist Archives is located at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. It is the main archives and repository for records of the Kansas area of the Great Plains Conference.

Special Collections: Journals of the former Kansas East and West conferences and their predecessor conferences; Books of Discipline of the United Methodist Church and its predecessor denominations; unpublished histories of present and former United Methodist, Methodist, Methodist Episcopal, Evangelical, United Brethren in Christ and Evangelical United Brethren churches in Kansas.

Holdings: Church records; newspapers; manuscripts; memoirs; obituaries; archives; reports.

Would you like to search our online collections? Click here.

Research requests: For assistance, including research requests, please contact Melinda Rittgers, archivist, at 785-594-8380 or email or

Location and Hours:

  • Lower Level of Collins Library, Baker University.
  • The archives are open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mailing Address:

Kansas United Methodist Archives
P.O. Box 65
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065

Nebraska United Methodist Historical Center/Archives

The Nebraska United Methodist Historical Center/Archives seeks to help individuals, groups and local churches who want to learn more about Nebraska United Methodist history. It is the main archives and repository for records of the Nebraska area of the Great Plains United Methodist Annual Conference (including predecessor Methodist, German Methodist, Swedish Methodist, Evangelical and United Brethren conferences).

Research requests: For assistance, contact Karrie Dvorak. Research conducted is $20 per hour (non-refundable, regardless of whether information is found). Ten photocopies are included in the hourly research fee; additional copies are $0.25/page. There is no charge for research conducted in person, but staff must make any requested photocopies (fee is $0.25 per page).

Individuals wishing to conduct research in person must arrange an appointment with the director at least one week in advance.

View the online book catalog and the photo search page.

Location and Hours:

  • Lower level of Cochrane-Woods Library, Nebraska Wesleyan University (handicap accessible).
  • The Nebraska United Methodist Historical Center/Archives is generally open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., or by special appointment. For an appointment, please contact Karrie Dvorak, director, at 402-465-2175, or email

Mailing Address:

Nebraska United Methodist Historical Center/Archives
Cochrane-Woods Library, Lower Level
Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 St. Paul Ave.
Lincoln, NE 68504