Other ELCA Archives

Churchwide Archives


ELCA Archives
321 Bonnie Lane
Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(847) 690-9410
FAX 847/690-9502
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ELCA Archives Website
Joel Thoreson, Archivist for Management, Reference and Technology
Catherine Lundeen, Archivist for Collections Management and Special Projects


Archives of the ELCA


Region 1 (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington)

Kerstin Ringdahl
ELCA Region 1 Archives
Archives and Special Collections
Mortvedt Library
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, Washington 98447
(253) 535-7586
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Pacific Lutheran University Archives Website

Region 2 (Arizona, California, Colorade, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming)

Carol Schmalenberger
ELCA Region 2 Archives
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
2770 Marin Avenue
Berkeley, California 94708
(510) 524-5264
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Region 3 (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota)

Paul A. Daniels
ELCA Region 3 Archives
2481 Como Avenue West
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108
(651) 641-3205
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Luther Seminary Archives Website


Region 4 (Arkansas and Oklahoma)

Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod ELCA
6391 South 66th East Avenue, Suite 310
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
(918) 492-4288
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Region 4 (Kansas and Missouri)

Bethany College
Wallerstedt Library
335 East Swensson Street
Lindsborg, Kansas 67456
(785) 227-3311 x8342
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Region 4 (Texas and Louisiana)

The Rev. Luther W. Oelke
ELCA Region IV South Archives
Texas Lutheran University
10000 West Court Street
Seguin, Texas 78155
(830) 372-8021
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Region 4 Texas and Louisiana Archives Website

Region 4 (Nebraska)

Rev. Gary Panko
Nebraska Synod ELCA
4980 S. 118th Street, Suite D
Omaha, Nebraska 68137
(402) 896-5311
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Region 5 (Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Upper Michigan)

Nancy Carroll
ELCA Region 5 Archives
Wartburg Theological Seminary
333 Wartburg Place
Dubuque, Iowa 52003
(563) 589-0320
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Region 7 (New York, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, New England)

John E. Peterson, Curator
Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia
Northeast Regional Archives, ELCA
7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19119
(215) 248-6383
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Region 7 New York, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, New England Website

Region 7 (Metropolitan New York Synod)

John R. Daggan
281 Oakland Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10310
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Region 7 Metropolitan NY Archives Website

Region 8 (Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia-Western Maryland)

Sarah (Sally) Roth
Tri-Synod Archives
Thiel College
75 College Avenue
Greenville, Pennsylvania 16125
(724) 589-2131
Region 8 Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia-Western Maryland Archives Website

Region 8 (Central Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C.)

Derrick D. Little
A. R. Wentz Library
Lutheran Theological Seminary
61 Seminary Ridge
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
(717) 334-6286, x2131
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Region 8 Central Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C. Archives Website

Region 9 (Alabama, Florida-Bahamas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Caribbean Synod)

Jeannette Bergeron
James R. Crumley, Jr. Archives
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
4201 North Main Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29203
(803) 461-3234
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Region 9 Alabama, Florida-Bahamas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Caribbean Archives Website

Region 9: Virginia Synod

Keith Brown
ELCA Virginia Synod
P. O. Drawer 70
Salem, Virginia 24153
(540) 389-1000
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Research Fee Policy

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Region 6 Archives strives to serve researchers and their various needs and requests. A key aspect of the Archives’ mission is to preserve and make available the official and permanently valuable records created by Region 6 synods and institutions. Requests for information are from researchers, genealogists, synods, and congregations. To better serve the entire research community, the ELCA Region 6 Archives has implemented the following Research Fee Schedule:
  • Each hour of research will be charged in half-hour increments at $30.00 per hour. The first half-hour will be free.
  • Photocopies are $0.30/page.
  • A $5.00 fee will be charged to patrons seeking verification of their baptisms and/or confirmations.
  • All researchers will be sent an invoice (either by postal mail or electronic mail) before the research results are sent. Upon payment, research results will be provided.
  • Invoices include information on research time and photocopy charges.
  • ELCA synods and congregations will not be charged for the time; however, an invoice statement will be provided showing the amount of time for research and the number of photocopies made. No fees will be listed on the invoice.
  • Researchers who do on-site research will be charged only for photocopies, in accordance with the Photocopy Policy of the archives. They will be provided an invoice for their records.

Collections

Publications of ELCA Region 6 Synods


TALC-The American Lutheran Church, 1960-1987

  • Ohio District
  • Michigan District

ALC-American Lutheran Church, 1930-1960

  • Ohio District
  • Michigan District

JS-Joint Synod of Ohio and other states, 1818-1930

  • Northern District
  • Southern District
  • Western District
  • Eastern District
  • First English District

LCA-Lutheran Church in America, 1962-1987

  • Ohio Synod
  • Michigan Synod
  • Indiana-Kentucky Synod

ULCA-United Lutheran Church In America, 1918-1962

  • Ohio Synod
  • Michigan Synod
  • Indiana Synod

General Synod and predecessors, 1820-1918

  • East Ohio Synod (1836-1855)
  • Miami Synod (1844-1845)
  • Wittenberg Synod (1847-1848)
  • Olive Branch Synod (1848-1850)
  • Northern Indiana (1855-1857)

General Council and predecessors

  • District Synod of Ohio (1869)

Personal Papers and Manuscripts

  • Barthelmas, J.
  • Beilharz, J.J.
  • Bergener, August George
  • Cantrell, Gerald
  • Dapper, Jacob B
  • Fuchs, Paul
  • Graetz, Robert
  • Hanes, Fred A.
  • Hess, A. Vernon
  • Huff, Ron and Maggie
  • Kuder, John H.F.
  • Lambert, Geroge
  • Lang, John O.
  • Lenski, R.C.H.
  • Long, Harry P.
  • Long, Simon Peter
  • Metzger, Simon A.
  • Miller, Ivan Harrisville
  • Ort, George B.
  • Ortlepp, E.E.
  • Schellhase, Gustaves
  • Schmalenberger, Jerry L.
  • Schodde, George H.
  • Sheatsley, C.V.
  • Staher, Ronald F.
  • Stellhorn, Frederick W.
  • Voigt, Louis C.
  • Westenbarger, Lewis C.
  • Wolf, C. Umhau

ELCA Resources

ELCA Region 6 Archives

Introduction


The Region 6 Archives is part of the network of ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Churchwide and Regional Archives. The Archives was established in 1992 with the cooperative support of the Region 6 synods to provide "for regional archives, associated with the institutions of this church wherever possible (ELCA Constitution 18.11.B91)." It serves the six synods in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

Archive Hours


Wednesdays
Thursdays
Fridays
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Patrons are encouraged to schedule an appointment prior to arrival. Please call 614-235-4136 or e-mail Jennifer, the Region 6 archivist, to schedule an appointment.

Purpose


  • To preserve and make available the official and permanently valuable records created by Region 6 synods and institutions.
  • To provide archival support to the Lutheran congregations and institutions operating in each participating synod of the Region 6 Archives.
  • To identify and collect the records of antecedent bodies (synods, districts, defunct Lutheran institutions and congregations.

Services


Reference

Reference services are provided on-site at the archives, by mail, phone, or e-mail request. Please see the Research Fee Policy for information on research and photocopy costs.

Support for ELCA Congregations and Organizations

Support is given to ELCA congregations and organizational archives through individual consultation and workshops. Topics include (but are not limited to):
  • Establishing a congregational archive
  • Celebrating a congregational anniversary
  • Compiling a congregational history
  • Suggestions for records retention
  • Caring for the parish register
  • Preserving electronic documents

Policies


Access Policy

The archive makes research materials available to all registered patrons in accordance with Region 6 Archives policies and practices.

Collection Policy

The Region 6 Archives is the official repository for the archival records of ELCA Region 6 synods and predecessor bodies.

The Archives preserves the records of disbanded ELCA congregations. Active congregations are responsible for keeping their own records. The archive does collect congregational histories and microfilm copies of congregational records for reference and preservation purposes.

Inactive records of institutions, organizations, and ministries supported by the Region 6 synods and predecessors will be collected when no other provisions for their preservation exist. The Region 6 Archives cooperates with ELCA Churchwide and other regional archives to preserve records of the ELCA ‘s predecessor bodies.

Roots of the Region 6 Archives (ELCA)


Memory is an important part of our Christian lives. Our faith and actions are based on His Word as it was written and preserved through the years. The church's identity is preserved through traditions and through conscious efforts to document and protect its history in archives.

The constitution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America acknowledges the importance of providing archives to preserve the memory of this new united church. It calls for the nine regions to provide "for regional archives, associated with institutions ofthis church wherever possible (18.11.B91)." To this end, a task force of knowledgeable representatives of Region 6 synods was appointed.

The work of the Region 6 Archives Task Force began in September 1990. The task force made recommendations for the basic structure of an archives. It solicited bids from Capital University, Trinity Seminary, and Wittenberg University for a site for the regional archives. In February 1991, Trinity Lutheran Seminary offered the use of its Mees Dormitory basement for the Region 6 Archives.

In 1992 the task force directed the renovation of the Mees basement. The Region 6 Archives opened in November 1992.

Jennifer Long Morehart is the current Archivist of the Region 6 Archives. Jennifer earned a Master of Library and Information Science in May 2006 from Kent State University. She also earned a Master of Arts in Religion from the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, CA, where she focused on the history of Christianity. Jennifer continues the tradition of excellence at the Region 6 Archives with a love for both perpetuating church history and serving people.

Archives History: Refreshing our Memory in Mid-America


The Mid-America region has played a notable part in the history of Lutheranism in America. One can learn much by examining the parallels between the challenges we face today and those met years ago.

The information preserved in archives enables us to remember accomplishments, failures, and even common details that help us to make informed judgments and take wiser actions in the future. The Region 6 Archives serves this purpose in several ways.
  • Preserving and making available the official and permanently valuable records of participating synods and institutions
  • Providing archival support to congregations and institutions
  • Identifying and collecting the records of predecessor bodies

These objectives are accomplished by actively collecting the official documents of the synods and helping them to identify the important records to keep. Congregations and other Lutheran institutions are responsible for establishing and maintaining their own archives. The Archives provides information and consultation to assist in establishing and maintaining congregational and institutional archives.


LOCATION

The Region 6 Archives is located in the lower level of Mees Dormitory at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 East Main Street. Patrons may phone ahead to (614) 235-4136 ext. 4606, and are encouraged to schedule an appointment or announce themselves at the information desk in the lobby of the seminary.

Parking: Visitor spaces are available in the parking lot at Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

To schedule a visit to the ELCA Region 6 Archives, please contact the archivist for an appointment.



region 6 archive location

 500 Years of the Reformation


2017 marks five hundred years since Martin Luther posted the Ninety-five Theses in Wittenberg, Germany. As we await this celebration in the church, we prepare for the milestone that 500 years is. In the coming months, we will feature different resources and publications here. We hope to engage you, in conjunction with Hamma Library, in celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! For now, these two websites offer additional information about preparing for the anniversary and about the Reformation's history. 

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