Church and Agency Records
The bread and butter of the Moravian Archives is preserving the history of Moravian churches and agencies of the Southern Province. The Book of Order (2018) instructs Provincial and Interprovincial agencies and Congregations of the Southern Province to deposit their records with the Archives (“Church Life in the Southern Province,” Chapter 1: Congregational Life, F. Deposit of Records in the Provincial Archives, pages 78-79). The bulk of our holdings consists of these records, including minutes, correspondence, histories, church registers, diaries, memorabilia, deeds and land records, and so much more. In the 18th century and early 19th century, the church was also the center of public life, so though our records are those kept by church-based institutions, they reflect life in North Carolina at the time.
If you are a researcher, please visit Searching Our Manuscript and Archives Collections to find out more about what we have for you to explore.
If you are affiliated with a church or provincial agency, please visit our page about transferring your records to the Archives and reach out to us to make sure your organization’s history is preserved.