Advice & Procedures

  1. Please be aware that the early Moravians in America spoke and wrote German. Consequently, a large part of our records is written in German script, different from our modern handwriting. This script is not always easy to read and is something which must be learned. It is no longer taught in Germany. If you are interested in learning German script, you can sign up for our annual German script course. For more information, klicken Sie hier.
  2. We also have many materials written in English.
  3. Unfortunately, we are not able to translate materials for you. If you come across unfamiliar terms, we are happy to assist you but otherwise the staff cannot translate for researchers. We can refer you to experienced translators if you need assistance.
  4. In order to preserve our documents, we do not make photocopies from originals or from any bound materials. For this reason researchers are permitted to bring a digital camera to make their own reproductions at no cost, or you can order reproductions through the Archives according to our fee schedule. Scanners are not allowed.
  5. While conducting research at the Archives, please keep documents with their original folders and boxes. Documents should be requested and referenced according to their title and date, and their box and folder’s name and number. Order forms for reproductions should be completed in the same manner.

Rules of the Archives

  1. New researchers must complete the Archives’ registration form and provide personal identification.
  2. You may use one of the lockers outside the reading room to store personal items. Bags, etc. are not allowed in the reading room.
  3. When handling documents and books, make sure you have clean hands. Researchers must wear gloves when handling photographs, maps, and objects.
  4. Researchers must work in pencil.
  5. All materials must be handled with care. Do not write on materials or take notes on top of materials. If you have questions on how to handle items, please ask the archivist for assistance.
  6. Food, drink and smoking are prohibited.
  7. Researchers may not enter the vaults.
  8. Researchers must maintain an atmosphere of quiet in respect of other researchers. Accommodations can be made in advance for groups who wish to work together and discuss their research.
  9. Researchers may be warned and/or asked to leave if they do not abide by Archives’ rules.