Preparing For Your Visit

How can a researcher prepare for an in-person visit?

When contemplating an in-person research visit to the Archives, researchers should consider the following questions:

  • Have I done enough preliminary research to be aware of the names of people or places involved or key events in the subject I am researching?
    • If the answer is no, conducting thorough research in the minutes and periodicals in the Online Archives ( should provide the researcher with enough contextual information to make their research visit productive.
  • Have I determined that the General Conference Archives most likely has materials relevant to my research inquiries?
    • If the answer is no, the researcher should work with the Archives staff to identify materials that could be relevant to their subject. The researcher should also consult any available finding aids prior to submitting an application for a research visit.