From the General Secretary, Robert Williams
This is my eighth annual meeting as General Secretary and it is difficult to realize that it is my last as these eight years have seemed very brief to me. It has been and continues to be a wonderful privilege to serve in this position. The longevity of our staff is a testimony to their love of this work and commitment to the “ministry of memory.” We are glad that we can share with members of the Commission, chairpersons of conference commissions, Historical Society members, and others in this annual meeting. All of us gathered for this meeting are committed to this work and understand the importance of heritage and records in order to maintain the collective memory of the church. We can point to many verses of Scripture and common experience to make this case. However, I was excited when I was given a copy of an article that appeared in the Harvard Business Review for December 2012, entitled, “Your Company’s History as a Leadership Tool, Take your organization forward by drawing on the past.” A few quotations will suffice to give a sense of the article.
When the history of an organization does come up, it’s usually in connection with an anniversary—just part of the “balloons and fireworks,” as one business leader we know characterized his company’s bicentennial celebration (knowing that the investment of time and money would have little staying power.)
The history of the enterprise can instill a sense of identity and purpose and suggest the goals that will resonate.
For a leader who hopes to take an organization into the future, one of the most powerful tools available may be a sophisticated understanding of its past.
Great leaders don’t talk about history only when planning their organization’s next anniversary. They always think and talk about the past—in the present and in living color.
The staff is first rate. Each year the report is the same. We celebrate the quality, dedication, and faithful service of the staff. Dale Patterson has served the Commission since 1994 and is highly respected in the denomination and in the Mid- Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. Mark Shenise demonstrates great care in processing acquisitions, working with students and researchers, and conducting the daily work of the commission for almost 30 years. Michelle Merkel-Brunskill manages the office with skill and dedication responding to phone inquiries, directing mail, handling financial details, and providing outstanding support for the publication of Methodist History the newsletter of the World Methodist Historical Society, Historical Bulletin. Michelle is in her 12th year with the commission. She continues to provide ever increasing service to the commission and I am pleased that we were able to alter her position description to Executive Assistant and move her one step up on the pay equity scale. Frances Lyons-Bristol handles research requests promptly, efficiently, and effectively. She has enabled Dale and Mark to accomplish much other work. The students have been an outstanding group accomplishing more than could be expected. It is a staff with longevity, dedication, and expertise. The Methodist Library staff handles the library materials that come to the Commission which includes all published works by Abingdon, conference journals, and many newsletters and are grateful for the service of Christopher Anderson, Methodist Librarian, and his staff.
Committee for the Elimination of Institutional Discrimination and the Committee on Agency Evaluation
The committee prepared an excellent report early in the last quadrennium. Last year’s staff report listed some of those goals but we must be alert to the subtle and not so subtle ways that discrimination is built into the very institutional fabric of an organization. There needs to be ongoing self-evaluation of the agency and the way the commission conducts its business. The Connectional Table is to provide oversight for agency self-evaluation but no instructions have been received at this time. What are measurable goals for GCAH? What are the metrics that can define accomplishments? The routine of our work and the fact of not being a program agency present challenges for evaluation.
Methodist History Magazine
Publication remains on schedule. Subscriptions remain at about 550 but may drop as more persons access the online version. The online version dramatically increases accessibility outside the United States but has presented challenges to the Historical Society as membership in the past included a subscription to the journal. Now there are two sets of dues for membership. Those who provide assistance are greatly appreciated especially Michelle who handles all page layouts, Chris Anderson, who has served as Book Review editor, Mark and Dale for selection of cover photos, Chris Rodkey as proof reader, Nancy Topolewski for editing papers, and others who review papers.
Prizes, Awards and Projects
A greater effort is needed to publicize the awards and grants as applicants are few and not all the grants are awarded each year. An ongoing concern is wider publicity for the available awards and grants but a press release has gone out to the UMNS announcing the awards. The limited number of applications does allow the Commission to respond affirmatively to many of the applications. Information about the recipients of the awards is available on the gcah web site.
The Josephine Forman Scholarship of $10,000 is awarded to a person of color pursuing graduate work in archival studies, made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Ms. Forman, long time archivist of the South West Texas Conference. The recipient for the 2013-2014 academic year is Kimberly Springer, who will be studying at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. Previously she had done archival work among the black communities in London. The selection process is carried out in cooperation with the Society of American Archivists.
The General Secretary’s Connections in the Connection
I have been committed to being as involved as possible in the various historical enterprises of the denomination as possible. These involvements include:
The Historical Society of The United Methodist Church - Board of Directors
The Charles Wesley Society - Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors
The Wesley Works Project - Board of Directors
Epworth Old Rectory - Board of Trustees
Methodist Heritage Committee, British Conference - Observer
World Methodist Council - Executive Committee
World Methodist Historical Society - General Secretary
African American Methodist Heritage Center - Board of Directors
Committee for the Study of Hispanic/Latino Church History – advisory to GCAH
The Evangelical United Brethren Heritage Center at United Seminary - Advisory Council
Adjunct Professor in Methodist Studies - Drew University
Editor of Methodist History
Methodist Review (an online journal) - Advisory Committee
Quadrennial Training Event – Nashville – Led workshop on Adaptive Change: Legitimate Child of the Methodist Past
Organizing Meeting of the Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships – New York – greetings
United Methodism After Tampa – training event at Candler School of Theology – Participant in panel discussion on the General Conference and theological education
General Board of Global Ministries – comments on new mural linking history and mission
Dedication of the Bishop Ole Borgen Research Collection, Oslo, Norway
Dedication of Historic Site marker and 150th Anniversary of The United Methodist Church in Fredrickstad, Norway
St. Peter’s UMC – Ocean City, NJ
Western Jurisdiction Commission on Archives and History – Pasadena, CA
First UMC - Santa Monica, CA
South Seaville Camp Meeting 150th Anniversary Celebration – New Jersey
Summit UMC – Summit, NJ
The Haven Collection of Letters: an exciting acquisition has been about 1000 letters to Bishop Gilbert Haven. In April we hosted a small reception for the family that included a display of some of the most interesting letters from Frederick Douglas, William Lloyd Garrison, U. S. Grant and others. We anticipate more material will follow.
The audit will be reviewed as part of the meeting agenda. We should feel very fortunate that the finances of GCAH are strong with ample reserves for the work to continue as its current levels. The Commission needs to stay committed to inclusion of $35,000 each year for the African American Methodist Heritage Center. Bishop Woodie White is now president of the Board of Directors of the AAMHC following the distinguished leadership of Bishop Forrest Stith. While it is largely a management and operational matter, the Commission should be informed about significant adjustments as to how payroll is now being handled. The Commission has always set compensation levels for all staff as annual salary and in accordance with pay equity requirements. A distinction is made between exempt staff (Dale and me) who are not subject to overtime and non-exempt (Michelle, Mark, and Frances) staff who must be paid overtime. Due to a new payroll computer platform, GCFA clearly distinguished between the two classifications as salaried and hourly. This was only important when it was decided that hourly employees would be paid on a two week delay while salaried employees would not be subject to the delay. Also, it was decided that the frequency of pay would be biweekly instead of semi-monthly. We have worked through most of this, but I trust that the Commission is committed, as I am, to insure that all staff are treated equitably and justly with no unnecessary distinctions.
Each of the jurisdictions and I’m sure the Central Conferences as well face the challenges of adequate funding, volunteer support, and space for caring for their archives and telling the stories of faith. What are the key strategic decisions that need to be made? Jurisdictional and historical society work needs to be more than planning for one meeting and then the next. I hope our Saturday morning time with jurisdictional and Central Conference reports will explore this. How will we care for this work if someday the Jurisdictions were eliminated? What would we do differently if money and personnel were not limited? What case would we make to a major donor?
The Archives Report and the Methodist Library Report follow. We are all grateful to make this accounting of our work over this past year and it is good to be together in this ministry.
During the past year, the Archives received a total of one hundred forty-eight accessions. Forty-six of them were small or single-item reference collections. This leaves one hundred and two accessions for the year comprising around 359.79 cubic feet of material. See the table for the breakdown on the sources of this material.
Accession Report for the Year
Number of accessions: 47
Number of non-reference accessions: 28
Extent: 305.50 cubic feet
Number of accessions: 98
Number of non-reference accessions: 17
Extent: 54.26 cubic feet
Number of accessions: 3
Number of non-reference accessions: 1
Extent: 0.03 cubic feet
Total number of accessions: 148
Total number of non-reference accessions: 46
Total Extent: 359.79 cubic feet
DIGITAL ACCESSION STATISTICAL RECORDS. This year we have accessioned 4,680 items. And the word item has a very elastic meaning. An item could be a news release from UMCom, which in this case would be a web page composed of many, 20 or more, individual files working together to create the one news release item. Or an item could be a single pdf file. Most of these items come from the collection of UMNews Releases which are being collected. There are a smaller number, less than 500, of files from agency and episcopal offices.
A total of 179.94 cubic feet of material has been processed by the staff during the past year. A little over one hundred twelve (112.68) cubic feet was GCAH material while sixty-seven (67.26) was Drew University Methodist archival material. A little over 8.25 cubic feet of material was disposed; some from processing and some under retention guidelines. During the past year Mark and his team of students processed ten collections, completing nine, as listed below. The number 10 may sound small, especially compared to the forty-nine processed last year. But if you compare the cubic footage you will see that the processing team completed almost the same amount of material. The smaller number represents the fact that we are working on agency records which tend to be large in size. Mark’s processing team was comprised of seven students (two were interns from area college’s library science programs). Everyone had a marvelous output this year, including Mark.
Anniemae White Scrapbook
Thomas MacFarlan Diary (Drew)
Frank Mason North Papers (Drew)
Sterling Junction Camp Grounds Site Plan (Drew)
Robert Drew Simpson Papers (Drew)
Edward W. Bauman Sermons
William Roland Phinney Papers (Drew)
General Board of Global Ministries Subject File
General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
Administrative Files of the Board of Missions
Cubic Feet: 179.94
We created or edited nine new finding aids this year: New finding aids were for the following collections: Thomas MacFarlan Diary, James Harrison Olmstead Papers, Sterling Junction Camp Grounds Site Plan, Robert Drew Simpson Papers, Frank Mason North Papers, John Wesley Papers, Wesley Family Papers, Edward W. Bauman Sermons, William Roland Phinney Papers.
The students also processed reference collections and took part in scanning the lion’s share of the approximately 2,121 images into our photograph database this past year. A part of this process includes additional metadata to fully identify the image and ownership. All images were scanned to present day archival standards.
ARTIFACTS AND CONSERVATION
Mark does a stellar job in managing our artifacts and basic conservation. Due to the nature of our focus and work flow this past year, we rarely worked on artifacts unless they were part of a large paper-based collection.
New students were trained in basic conservation skills such as encapsulation, document repair, cleaning documents and humidifying tightly rolled materials. All of the students used these skills during the processing of their assigned collections.
Managing Digital Records
This year we have accessioned 4,680 items into our digital management system. If we consider the 2,500 images scanned into our image management system, then around 7,180 digital records have been managed by the Archives systems during this past year. This is the largest number of digital items for a single year. Each item can be composed of hundreds of files, or just a single file. At this point we do not have an easy way to count the individual files, just manage them. A little over 4,500 of these items have been placed on our public access site. This includes documents like Methodist History, Missionary Voice, and UM News releases. Around 170 files have been accepted from agencies or episcopal offices and placed in our secure digital depository - UMDiV (United Methodist Digital Vault). This is a smaller number than last year, so we need to make known that the Archives is ready to accept and manage digital records.
Over the past year there has been 15,061 searches on these records and items have been viewed over 235,361 times.
Mark is very much involved in other ongoing projects which include: keeping almost all the computers in the Archives Department up to date with appropriate downloads, fixing hardware problems in printers, testing new or redesigned programs that Dale writes to help improve our work flow.
Mark has also been extremely helpful in setting up the Archives’ wireless network. It should be noted that neither Mark nor Dale are trained computer technicians.
This year marks the end of the website contract between GCAH, UMCom and Kintera. Dale, Mark and Michelle have been involved in designing the new GCAH website. For most of the past year, Dale has been involved in developing request-for-proposals from several vendors and has guided the project along; with the advice and assistance of Mark and Michelle. Along with the new web site we have been involved in getting a new vendor to manage our connection to the Internet. This has turned out to be Drew University. The switch to Drew as our Internet provider has encouraged us to move our last web server to an on-line hosting service along with our e-mail service. By the fall of 2013, GCAH should have switched to all of these new services, which will provide a faster connection to the Internet and for patrons to be able to experience text, videos and audio from our web site.
Archives Research Requests
Reference : 525
Referral : 156
E-Mail : 643
Mail : 75
Phone : 184
Grand Total: 902
These represent requests which come to us via the Internet, the phone or regular mail. Frances handles the majority of these requests. The next couple of sections detail what is involved in fulfilling these requests.
The Conference Memoirs Index continues to be very popular with patrons. There is a steady request for memoirs from patrons using the Index. The great benefit of the Index is that patrons can locate memoirs for multiple family members.
With the increase in the use of the Index there is a noticeable decrease in the number of patrons submitting a request for a full hour of research on their ancestor ($30 fee.) There is a continuing demand for obituaries from publications available on microfilm such as The Nashville Christian Advocate and The New York Christian Advocate.
There is also continuing demand for information on those who served as missionaries. These requests come not only from descendants of the individual, but also from churches, agencies and foreign institutions.
Most of the Reference Archivist’s time is taken up with requests that are genealogical in nature.
LOCAL CHURCH HISTORY RESEARCH
Examples of the types of research conducted on behalf of local churches:
• Provided memoirs of past pastors to Old Orchard Beach, Maine in preparation for an anniversary celebration
• Provided information on Shirley Juten to Kimball Avenue UMC, Cedar Falls, IA as part of the church’s 150th anniversary celebration. The Church members were longtime supporters of Ms. Juten’s mission to Japan.
• Provided appointment list for Groveville circuit in New Jersey Conference 1862-1887 to Pearson Memorial UMC
• List of appointments for Temple/Villa Rica circuits and list of District Superintendents to Temple UMC, Georgia
IMAGE SEARCH PROJECTS
Examples of Image Requests handled during the year:
• Images of teachers from Methodist Girls’ School, Penang for anniversary publication
• Images of Bennie Warner for use in DVD production “Black Marks on White Paper.”
• Images of bishops associated with the Arkansas Conference to Bob Crossman
• Images of bishops, maps, churches to John Coleman for various film projects
• Images to Judi Fergus, Moore Museum for use in “Women in Methodism” display
• Images of bishops provided to create an illustrated Bishops Ordination Chain
• Images of Wonju, Korea for use in exhibit on Wonju Severance Christian Hospital to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the Hospital, November 2013
RESEARCHERS VISITING THE READING ROOM
Assistance was provided to over eighty researchers and Drew University students visiting the reading room. This involves:
• registering patrons
• explaining reading room rules and procedures
• assisting in identification of collections relevant to research topic
• checking on availability of on campus accommodation on behalf of visiting researchers
GCAH works with two Drew University classes in particular, Hist 210 and the Foundations Course of the PhD/MA in History and Culture. This involves providing an orientation to the UMAC reading room policies and procedures as well as assisting students in deciding on a research topic of interest.
Other institutions represented by visiting researchers during the past year include NYU, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, University of Florida, Vanderbilt, The College of William and Mary, Ewha Womans University, Korea, Yonsei University, Korea and University of Basel, Switzerland.
Many of the researchers visiting the UMAC are self-sufficient and benefit from accessing the GCAH archival material and the Drew University Methodist Library printed collection in one place. Researchers are permitted to use a digital camera (without the flash) in the reading room. Photocopying/scanning services are also available to patrons.
Much of the research provided by the Reference Archivist is in response to questions submitted by email through the GCAH web site. Many are factual style questions seeking clarification of dates or locations that can be answered quickly. Others require referring the patron to other institutions or agencies, most often the appropriate Annual Conference Archives. GCAH continues to be asked to assist in locating baptismal certificates, cemetery records and marriage records.
Virtual researchers continue to request/expect that material be scanned on their behalf and emailed to them in lieu of making an expensive research trip, or in order to speed the research process.
Examples of research projects undertaken in the past year include:
• provide contact information for ministers
• assist college students/professors/authors by sending scans of material requested
• assist patrons in locating printed material on a particular subject
• assisted researcher looking for descendants of ministers who officiated at George Washington’s Inauguration
• research on various educational institutions (e.g., Philander Smith College) using conference journals and annual reports
• provided documentary evidence of ordination of a minister as requested by minister’s family
• assisted in identifying hymn to be used at the funeral of patron’s relative
• provided Order of Worship from 1912 to Chandler UMC, Arizona for anniversary celebration service
• locate and provide statistical information for various requests
provided information on Bishop Leonard and other Methodist ministers (victims of an airplane crash in Iceland 5/3/1943) to a patron working with the Icelandic government to dedicate a memorial to the victims 5/3/2013
We completed the microfilming of the Mission Board Administrative Records from the 1940s and 1950s. Over 165 cubic feet of records will have been filmed and preserved onto over 530 reels of microfilm.
The clergy memoirs project now has over 144,000 entries. We now have the index complete to 2000. Whenever a journal memoir is scanned for a patron, the scan is attached to the database record so that is available for download by future research patrons.
This past year we completed the scanning of Methodist History. Our periodical is not completely digitized and available on-line. All new editions of Methodist History are digital and are added to the web site.
The scanning of Missionary Voice-World Outlook-New World Outlook continues. At this point we have completed Missionary Voice and are within a decade of completing World Outlook. Hopefully with the addition of a new student this fall we will be able to continue with our momentum.
Outreach Activities, Staff News & Continuing Ed
Mark Shenise continues to serve on the Greater New Jersey Commission on Archives and History as both Vice Chairperson and Secretary. During the past year he was able to fight to restore appropriate funding levels for the conference commission, upgrading existing programs, plan and participate in the conference wide Aldersgate service and working on our hosting a future Northeast Jurisdiction CAH meeting here in North Jersey.
In January Mark attended a workshop on Best Practices for Museums and Archives sponsored by the State of New Jersey Historic Trust. It was a two part session with the second session at the Thomas Edison Factory historic site in March. The focus included intellectual planning and implementation of efficient management of a museum program which includes various segments of archival practice as well as other issues such as loans, disposal of artifacts and the law, preservation, building new structures, etc.
Dale Patterson was involved in the following activities:
1. July 9- 12, 2012 participated at the SEJ Historical Society meeting in Nashville
2. July 26,-29, 2012 participated in the Conference Archivists Convocation here at the Center
3. Jul 31 - Aug 1, 2012 participated at the SCJ Convocation of Archivists in Albuquerque
4. August 6 - 10, 2012 Attend workshop on digital forensics and the Society of American Archivists’ annual meeting in San Diego.
5. Sept 18-21, 2012 participated in South Georgia Conference workshop for local church historians.
6. Nov 9-11, 2012 participated in African American Heritage Center workshop in Los Angeles.
7. March 6, 2013 spoke at the Philadelphia Branch of the National Archives on UM genealogical resources.
8. April 11-14, 2013 participated in the WJCAH meeting in Pasadena.
Mark Shenise was involved in the following activities:
1. Took eight archival webinar courses which dealt with preservation issues, disaster preparedness and environmental issues. Four of the webinars awarded certificates when course requirements were met. Here is a breakdown of the courses:
a. Risk Evaluation (certificate)
b. Writing a Disaster Plan (certificate)
c. Object Handling
d. Digital Preservation (certificate)
e. HVAC Systems
f. Involving the Public in Your Preservation Efforts
g. Best Practices for Collecting and Analyzing Environmental Data
h. Caring for Photographs (certificate)
2. Mark continues to serve on the GNJCAH as both Vice Chairperson and Secretary. During the past year accomplishments include:
· increased our conference funding
· increased shelving space with GCAH
· worked on the digitization project for the conference’s vital records
· worked on the preparations for hosting the Northeast Jurisdiction Commission on Archives and History 2014 meeting being held here in Madison next May.
· The GNJCAH sent Mark to be one of their representatives at this year’s NEJCAH meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
· For the third year in a row he was one of the judges in the annual Robert B. Steelman Methodist History Award for best local church history.
Drew University/GCAH Methodist Library Annual Report
July 2012 – June 2013
Christopher J. Anderson
· Expended approximately $7,979 on book, journal/serial, and manuscript purchases/subscriptions (general budget)
Public Relations and Outreach
Served as Chair of the Drew Special Collections/University Archives Committee
Served as Chair of the Florence Bell Fund Advisory Committee
Served as a member of the Drew Library Dean’s Council
Served as a member of the Library Committee on Faculty
Served as a member of the University Faculty Professional Conduct Committee
Taught course on the history of US Christianity for Drew Religion Department
Processed and cataloged several hundred general Methodist and local church print publications·
Gave two presentations “American Catholics and Methodists: Apologists and Abolitionists of a Peculiar Institution,” The History Happening Conference, Drew University, Madison, NJ and “Hello, I’m Jackie Robinson, Your Host on Talk Back: Discovering a Baseball Icon in a Church Archive” Sports of Respect: Race, Faith, and Baseball Conference, Drew University, Madison, NJ
Gave presentation at Drew Theological School Graduate Division of Religion orientation
Gave presentation/orientation to United Methodist Archives and History Center for several courses at Drew University
Working with Methodist Library Associate (Eric Johnson-DeBaufre) to upgrade web presence on the Drew University Library website
Worked with Drew students from 12 courses who used materials from the UMAHC
Hosted one Bell Scholar (from Oxford University)
Gave 16 tours of the Methodist Center to 56 individuals
Attended 2 webinars for American Methodist digitization project
Attended 3 “Conversations on Collecting” talks at Drew Library
Interviewed by United Methodist Reporter and Drew Magazine for articles on Drew/Korea exhibit
Lunches with several outside researchers visiting the Methodist Center
Attended Greater New Jersey Commission on Archives and History meeting at Mendham United Methodist Church, Mendham, NJ
Digitized over 2,500 images to Flickr from the Drew Methodist Library Image Collection
Served as Book Review Editor for Methodist History
Served as an editor for International Journal of Religion and Sport
Attended Drew University Library retreat
Attended 2012 GCAH Annual Meeting held at Philadelphia, PA
Traveled to Oslo, Norway, for third meeting and library work related to a research center in Norway.
Assisted with formal opening of the Ole Borgen Research Center
Curated exhibit on the history of Drew Theological Seminary and early Methodist missionary presence in Korea
Submitted chapter manuscript to Scarecrow Press for a forthcoming book on innovative approaches to archival and special collections work
Submitted book proposal to Fairleigh Dickinson University Press on 19th century abolitionist and bishop Gilbert Haven (under review)
Published two books: Voices from the Fair: Race, Gender and the American Nation at a Methodist Missionary Exposition (Lexington, KY: Emeth Press, 2012) and The Centenary Celebration of American Methodist Missions: The 1919 World’s Fair of Evangelical Americanism (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2012)·
Published article “We Desire Everything Illustrating the History of Methodism That We Can Procure”: Examining the Methodist Collections at Drew University.” Theological Librarianship 6:1 (2013): 9-15.
Published essay “The Politics of Special Collections Exhibits: The Civil War or The War of Northern Aggression?” Summary of Proceedings, Sixty-sixth Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association. Chicago: American Theological Library Association, 2012, 157-164.
Published bibliographic entry “Doctoral Dissertations in Wesleyan and Methodist Studies, 2012” in Methodist History
Attended American Theological Library Association annual meeting in Charlotte, NC· Chaired session at 2013 American Theological Library Association meeting in Charlotte, NC
Served as Vice Chair of the International Collaboration Committee with ATLA
Served as Chair for the Methodist Librarians’ Fellowship with ATLA
Responded to 478 research questions from off-site users by email, phone, Facebook, or postal mailing (Methodist Librarian – 398 and Methodist Library and Archive Associate – 80)
Delivered 1025 items to 299 researchers in the Wilson Reading Room
Fulfilled 76 Interlibrary Loan requests
Delivered 904 items to 525 research of non-Methodist Drew University Special Collections and University Archives
Added 959 new titles (975 new items) and 15 new microform titles (11 items)
Added 7 new reference titles (12 new items) to Wilson Reading Room Collection
Plans and Goals for 2012-2013
Serve as the newly appointed Head of Special Collections, University Archives, and Methodist Librarian for Drew UniversityServe as Librarian for the General Commission on Archives and History
Serve as the Europe liaison for the International Collaboration Committee of ATLAServe on several committees with Drew University
Publish book chapter on American Methodists and Popular Culture for a forthcoming edited volume Cambridge Companion to American Methodism (Cambridge University Press, September, 2013)
Publish book chapter on insider theft and Special Collections/Archives for a forthcoming edited volume Innovative Practices for Management in Archives and Special Collections (Scarecrow Press, April, 2014)
Publish new electronic resource (6th edition) United Methodist Studies: Basic Bibliographies
Submit book proposal to the University of Arkansas Press for a book on American Protestants and the social history of foodways/food studiesPresent paper at the Oxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies at Oxford University, Oxford, England
Represent ATLA/Drew University/GCAH at the Bibliothèques Européennes de Théologie (BETH) at the European Theological Libraries Annual Conference in Paris, France
Curate an exhibit on the Drew student newspaper The Acorn
Curate an exhibit on the history of student life at Drew University
Continue outreach to Drew CLA, Theological and Caspersen schools
Work with faculty and students to promote use of Drew Special Collections, University Archives, and Methodist collections
Continue outreach to area churches to promote Methodist history and the GCAH
Continue tracking down back copies of newsletters and magazines (electronic and physical) from various UMC conferences. Will eventually reside on GCAH D-Space
Continue to track down local church histories for inclusion into Methodist Library collection
Continue the creation of research files to assist Drew faculty and graduate students with current and future research agendas
Continue pamphlet finding aid/database for Methodist Library (20,000 total)
Continue digitizing images from the Methodist Library Image File with Flickr
Robert J. Williams, General Secretary
Michelle Merkel-Brunskill, Executive Assistant
L. Dale Patterson, Archivist/Records Administrator
Mark C. Shenise, Associate Archivist
Frances Lyons-Bristol, Reference Archivist
Christopher Anderson, Methodist Librarian, Drew University