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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.

Racism logo borrowed from the General Commission on Religion and Race. Kelly Fitzgerald, ed. Racism: The Church’s Unfinished Agenda, a Journal of the National Convocation on Racism (General Commission on Religion and Race, 1987).


Heritage Sunday 2021

This Heritage Sunday we examine the church's complicated history on racism and how Methodists have historically both combated racism and perpetrated it.

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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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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

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