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


  • Do you have local church records that need to be preserved? Apply for the Commission on Archives and History's 2018 Local Church Grant Program. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 9, 2018.

  • The Commission on Archives and History will offer an Archives and Records Management Workshop on May 12, 2018 at the Conference Center in White Plains. A light lunch will be provided at noon, and a $15 donation will cover costs for lunch, meeting handouts and a tote bag. Sign up early - the workshop is limited to 15 participants! See the flyer for more information, and click here to register


  • The Christman Archives' historic saddlebags that belonged to Freeborn Garrettson, a prominent early Methodist circuit rider, are currently in Washington, DC as part of a Smithsonian exhibit entitled "Religion in Early America."