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Digital Resources

Browse below for access to digital content and translations.

More and more collections are being digitized and placed online. Access to digital content is available through our online finding aid.

Access to the Records of the Moravian Missions to the American Indians is provided by Gale Cengage Learning.

In 2018 the Moravian Archives began to systematically digitize its holdings. Thanks to a bequest of Nomi Budelier and a grant from the R.K. Laros Foundation a professional book and manuscript scanner was purchased. We are now able to produce professional scans of most material in our collections.

Digitization of the fragile records from the Eastern West Indies is now underway with the help of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Translations of material not (yet) accessible through our online finding aid can be found here.

Moravian Church Periodicals

Featured Digital Project: Archiving Antigua: A Digital Record of Pre- and Post-Emancipation Antigua, 1760-1948

By visiting the Archiving Antigua page on the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), users may access digital copies of the following records genres from the Moravian Church in Antigua:

  • Membership catalogs, including “speaking books,” which contained a concise record of pre-Communion conversations with each church member, with references to exclusions or absences from worship services.
  • Baptismal registers and marriage records.
  • Exclusions registers, containing records of allegations of so-called “infractions” for which members of various congregations in Antigua were excluded from partaking in worship services. These sources help reveal ways in which Euro-American missionaries stigmatized the actions, or alleged actions, of church members during the colonial period, and ways in which members responded to reprimand.
  • School records, including student registers and report cards from Moravian educational institutions in Antigua.
  • Landscape views, maps, photographs, and surveys.
  • Diaries, kept by pastors and missionaries.

All materials featured are from the holdings of the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem.

The Archiving Antigua project was supported by a Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Digitization was carried out by the Conservation for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between 2017 and 2019. Additional materials have since been digitized by the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem, 2019-present, in a continued effort to improve access to materials from Antigua.

Other Digital Projects