Archives & Special Collections
Telling the rich stories of Unitarian Universalism

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The Meadville Lombard Archives and Special Collections are unique. They contain not just the history of the school but of Unitarian Universalism. For over 170 years, the community at Meadville Lombard has been collecting history. We have material from students and scholars (and students who became scholars), from the laity and ministers, and from churches and organizations across the world. As the only exclusively Unitarian Universalist archive, we take seriously the trust the community has placed in us to preserve our shared history. 

As a UU archive, that means more than simply having UU materials; it means applying our UU values and principles to how the archive functions. One way we do that is through our Special Collections. A Special Collection is a series of archival collections pertaining to a single event, theme, or movement within Unitarian Universalism. Special Collections are a vital part of the Meadville Lombard Archives and Special Collections because they empower communities underserved by archives to preserve and make accessible their history.

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