At Meadville Lombard, archiving is a form of justice making. We take special steps to preserve the richness and diversity of Unitarian Universalism within the archival record. We have been collecting history for over 170 years and hold material from students and scholars, laity and ministers, and churches and organizations around the world. As the only exclusively UU archive, we take seriously the trust the community has placed in us to preserve our shared history.
Meadville Lombard Archives currently holds nearly 30,000 pages of digitized archival material, stretching from the early 1800s to the early 2000s.
Because the mission of our archives is to increase access to the rich history of Unitarian Universalism, we make our unprocessed collections available to researchers. To use any of the physical collections listed below, please contact us. In most cases, materials are only available for use on campus. In some cases, and within reason, we can scan selected material on request and send a high-quality scan. Because some materials are stored off-site, please contact us at least two weeks before you need to use the materials.
Meadville Lombard Archives is proud to house six special collections of archival materials related to communities of Unitarian Universalists that have been historically underrepresented within the broader movement and/or its historical narratives: People of Color, Latinx individuals, women, humanists, international Unitarian/Universalist/UU communities, and religious educators.
In addition to the special collections, the Meadville Lombard Archives also houses the recently-acquired collection of Unitarian Universalist Association Congregational Records.