Dates from 1753, making it one of the oldest archives in North America, older than any state archives as well as the United States Archives;
Houses more than a million pages of handwritten documents representing the total community, not simply church or religious records (collections include the records of industrial, commercial, civic, ecclesiastical, educational, medical, and musical institutions as well as personal diaries and correspondence, ethnographic materials, prints, broadsides, photographs, and maps);
Maintains a Research Library of 1,600 titles, many from the 18th century;
Serves more than 470 users per year;
Answers approximately 110 genealogical inquiries annually, more than half requiring substantial research;
Provides ongoing research guidance of various graduate degree studies, having fostered numerous doctoral dissertations and masters theses over the years;
Publishes books, monographs, and periodicals;
Operates on a budget supported 100% by the Moravian Church, Southern Province, Salem Congregation, our Friends of the Archives (see our Friends page), and grants.
This Day In History
1784 Salem’s tavern is destroyed by fire. This leads the community to order two hand-pumped fire engines from Europe. Over the next 73 years of church supervision, no home or major building in Salem is destroyed by fire. Meanwhile, plans are made to rebuild the tavern, and construction material already gathered to build the Sisters House is appropriated for the more immediate need.
1931 Edward Rondthaler, bishop of the Moravian Church and pastor of Salem Congregation for more than 50 years, dies. He led the Southern Province for 39 years as president of PEC before retiring in 1929.
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Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101