The Moravian Archives is the official repository for the records of the Moravian Church in America - Northern Province. The Northern Province covers the Moravian churches in the United States (except for North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Virginia) and Canada.
The Bethlehem Moravian Archives also holds records from the Moravian Church in Alaska, Labrador, Nicaragua and the Eastern West-Indies. Contact information on other Moravian Archives can be found on the links page on this website.
Visiting the Moravian Archives
The Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is a major special collection of the Moravian Church, Northern Province. The Archives is located in a modern 9,200 square foot building with two climate-controlled vaults. Both vaults are equipped with a fire suppression system. The Moravian Archives contains approximately 8,000 linear feet of material.
These records document the history of the province beginning in 1740 and include records of many congregations. There are over 1,000,000 pages written in 18th-century German script, large amounts of English-language documents, over 20,000 printed volumes and thousands of pamphlets, paintings, prints, maps, and photographs as well as selected personal papers.
Researchers can study our holdings in the reading room. Use of the Archives in the reading room is free, but we charge for special services such as reproductions or doing research for people who cannot come to the Archives. Please make an appointment for your visit to the Archives.
Many of our paintings are on display in the gallery. The Archives has begun to make the catalogs available on the internet. It is only the beginning, so contact us if you cannot find what you are looking for.
41 West Locust Street
Phone: (610) 866-3255
Fax: (610) 866-9210
Monday-Friday • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Due to renovations the reading room will remain closed to the public until the summer of 2013.
The Moravian Archives will be closed on
the following days in 2013:
• January 2 (New Years' Day)
• January 21 (Martin Luther King Day)
• February 21 (Presidents' Day)
• March 29(Good Friday)
• April 1 (Easter Monday)
• May 27 (Memorial Day)
• June 3 – 14 (German Script Course)
• July 4 + 5 (Independence Day)
• Sept. 2 (Labor Day)
• Nov. 28-29 (Thanksgiving)
• Dec. 23 - Jan. 1 (Christmas/New Year)