Archives and History

The C. Wesley Christman Archiveof the NY Annual Conference

Welcome! The Christman Archives collects and preserves conference records, closed church records, personal collections, journals, and monographs relating to the history and mission of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Archives answers reference questions regarding New York area Methodist history and genealogy, and also provides workshops and other records management services to New York Annual Conference local churches.

The Archives receives its funding through Shared Ministry Apportionments and is guided by the Commission on Archives and History of the New York Annual ConferenceSee below for current news, and see the links to the right for additional information.


What's New at the Archives


  • The Commission has developed educational posters that tell the stories of 25 persons significant to the history of the New York Annual Conference, to be used for Bible study and discussion.

                                     Explore the stories of the 25 luminaries from the NY Conference 


  • Attend a workshop on Church Archives and Records Management led by archivists Beth Patkus and Leslie Reyman, on Saturday March 5th at John Street UMC, 44 John St., New York, NY.  For more information, see the flyer


  • Apply to the Local Church Grant Program to help preserve your church's historical records. This year's application deadline is February 29, 2016. 


  • The Commission on Archives and History will be celebrating 250 years of United Methodism in the New York/CT area throughout 2016! See our 250th Anniversary page for more information.