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United Methodist Archives

The Archives of the United Methodist Conference in West Virginia are housed at the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library.  However, these items are not part of the library's collections, and library staff cannot provide access to these materials.

Individuals seeking access to information from the Archives should contact the United Methodist Archivist.

Archive Use & Research Requests

Requests for information should be directed to Brett Miller. Visits to the archive are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance. Because the archives are not regularly staffed, requests for information must be made in writing and should be mailed to the following address:

Brett Miller
United Methodist Archives
c/o Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library
West Virginia Wesleyan College
59 College Ave.
Buckhannon, WV 26201

Email queries may be sent to

Researchers interested in visiting the Archives are asked to schedule an appointment prior to coming to campus.  Please contact the archivist at least 24 hours in advance to schedule a visit.  Such advance notice allows us to ensure adequate staffing and to pull relevant materials for easier access the day of your visit.

Digital Collections

West Virginia Methodist Conference Journals and Minutes

  • Methodist Episcopal Church (1848-1939) - Digitized/Available
  • Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1877-1879; 1885-1939) - Not Yet Digitized
  • Methodist Protestant Church (1877-1938 with gaps) - Not Yet Digitized
  • Evangelical United Brethren Church (1869-1968 with gaps) - Not Yet Digitized
  • Methodist Church (1939-1967) - Digitized/Partially Available
  • United Methodist Church (1968-present) - Not Yet Digitized

Starting in 2018, the West Virginia Annual Conference Commission on Archives and History, in conjunction with West Virginia Wesleyan College, began working to digitize West Virginia Conference journals and make them accessible to researchers. This project is ongoing, with new journals being added regularly.

West Virginia Annual Conference Collection

  • contains a variety of photographs and documents related to West Virginia Methodism
  • contains photographs of numerous church commemorative plates donated to the archives over the years

Methodist Archives Collections

The United Methodist Archives of the West Virginia Annual Conference contains a number of collections that document West Virginia Methodism, including (but not limited to):

  • Active/open church files
  • Closed/discontinued church files (for many, but not always all closed churches)
  • Conference journals and minutes
  • Books on WV Methodism and general Methodist subjects
  • Minister files (for many, but not always all ministers)
  • Periodicals and WV Annual Conference publications
  • Conference-level and District-level administrative records
  • Conference agency and organization records
  • Audio-visual materials documenting many Annual Conference sessions

Contact Us

E-mail general inquiries and reference requests to:
Circulation Desk: 304.473.8013

Staff Directory 

Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library
59 College Ave.
Buckhannon, WV 26201