The Archives and Special Collections house the records of Meadville Lombard Theological School. We are also responsible for the safekeeping of materials of historical and cultural significance to liberal religion, Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism.
Meadville Lombard's holdings range from the 17th century to the 21st. Our emphasis is congregational records, Unitarian Universalism in the west, and individuals and communities traditionally underserved by archives. We have an extensive holding of personal papers of UU ministers and lay leaders.
Our most used collection is the UUA Congregational Records, which include a file on every Unitarian Universalist congregation that existed between 1930 and 1980. To explore this collection, please go here.
We currently have over 20,000 images digitized and that number grows every month. A list of our digitized collections can be found here. We also have a full-text search function you can use below.
Because the mission of our archives is to make increase access to the rich history of Unitarian Universalism, we make our unprocessed collections available to researchers. To use any of our physical collections listed below, please contact our archivist. In most cases, materials are only available for use on campus. In some cases, and within reason, we can scan selected material at your request and send you a high-quality scan of the item(s) you need. Because some of our materials are stored off-site, please contact the archivist at least two weeks before you need to use the materials.