Because of COVID-19 the Moravian Archives is closed to the public until further notice. Learn More
MAB will be closed to the public until June 15, 2020 in response to the extension of the PA state stay at home order and upon the completion of our German Script Class which is being held virtually. Please see attached document for new policies and procedures which will be implemented once MAB reopens to the public. MAB_COVID_19_Reopening
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The Moravian Archives is the official repository for the historical records of the boards, agencies, and congregations of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province.
The numbers between brackets refer to the Book of Order of the Northern Province, latest edition.
The following records are to be transferred to the Archives when they are no longer in current use (¶1034.a), preferably at regular intervals (10 or 20 years). By transferring the records to the Archives the records will be open to public access, except for sensitive records that remain restricted for 75 years after their creation. These records are marked here with an *; they can only be used by written permission of the pastor or chairman of the board concerned. (If a congregation closes, permission to see restricted records needs to be requested from the Provincial Elders’ Conference).
Materials should be organized in folders and placed in strong boxes (15 ½ x 12 ½ x 10 ½”). The height of the boxes is not to exceed 10 ½ inches. The folders should be labeled (e.g., “elders minutes, 1950-1955”). Please prepare a list of the content of the boxes. Sending us an electronic version of the list (e.g., by email) makes it easier for us to integrate the information into our records management system.
Do not hesitate to contact the archivist about any questions you may have!
The shelf openings in our vault are 11 inches high. Larger boxes will not fit. Sometimes congregations are creative and pack their records in boxes that came with television sets or garden hoses. In order to prevent unnecessary unpacking and repacking, we prefer you use the standard size bankers boxes.