About the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research
From left to right, back row: Reiko Davis, Joel Nuthalapati, Benjamin Baker, Evelyn Torres, Kenrie Hylton, Magela DeSouza. Center row: Jaya Singh, Galina Stele, David Trim, Lisa Rasmussen, Ashlee Chism, Rosette Kibukka. Front row: Sonia Moses, Roy Kline, Rowena Moore, Kathleen Jones.
The Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR) is located at the world headquarters of the General Conference (GC) of Seventh-day Adventists just outside of Washington, D.C., in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. ASTR has its origins in 1904, in the appointment of a GC Statistical Secretary. That office took over production of the Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook, as well as the Annual Statistical Report, and until the 1950s also provided part of the recording staff for General Conference Sessions. In 1973, the General Conference Archives was founded and in 1975, the Archives and Record Center was combined with the department of the Statistical Secretary to form the Office of Archives and Statistics. In 2011, the department was renamed the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research; it was given part of the function of the discontinued Office of Assessment and Program Effectiveness as well as a new responsibility for analysis.
ASTR serves as the official records center and archives of the world headquarters and the North American Division. ASTR also conducts research projects for the General Conference administration; evaluates General Conference departments and agencies; produces the denomination's Yearbook and Annual Statistical Report; and provides other information on the suite of websites accessible from www.adventistarchives.org. ASTR is located in the lower level of the headquarters complex, and includes a fireproof, climate-controlled vault, as well as satellite and off-site storage; a research center and library; and staff offices.