Archives and History Tools
All Methodist churches should have a designated local church historian who coordinates the maintenance of church records and preservation of church history at the local church level.
These "How-to" Archives and History resources are a great place to get started:
- GCAH Guidelines for Managing Local Church Records
- GCAH Guidelines for Managing Electronic/Digital Records
- Guidelines for the Local Church Historian (a Cokesbury publication)
- Collections Preservation Guide (by Gaylord Archival)
- GCAH Archival Preservation Leaflets
- Oklahoma Conference Records Retention Schedule
- "Memory and Ministry" DVD
- (a 31 minute video that churches may borrow from the Conference Archives)
If you cannot access these resources online, they are also available by contacting the Conference Archivist, Christina Wolf, at (405) 208-5919 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oral History Recording Equipment:
The Oklahoma Conference Archives has recording equipment that can be borrowed and used by local churches to conduct Oral History interviews. Read the Video Equipment Procedures and contact the Conference Archivist (above) about availability.
More helpful links:
- GCAH: How to Write a Local Church History
- GCAH Resources for Collecting, Managing, Writing and Celebrating Local Church History
- GCAH Archives Center Catalog
- GCAH Grants and Awards
NOTE: The "GCAH" is the General Conference Commission on Archives and History, the international archives and history agency for the United Methodist Church worldwide.