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
1857 Salem congregation sells a tract of land to the newly incorporated Salem Cemetery Association, which will lay out a public burial ground in town to the east of the Moravians’ God’s Acre.
1923 The Southern Province organizes the Foreign Missionary Society of the Moravian Church, South, Inc. It is now known as the Mission Society of the Moravian Church, South, Inc.
1948 The Building and Expansion Program is launched to coordinate the various construction projects that are springing up throughout the Province in the postwar boom. Its goal is to raise $500,000 over the next 10 years.
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