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Archives & History

The General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) gathers, preserves, and disseminates materials on the history of The United Methodist Church and its antecedents. It maintains archives and a library in which the historical records are kept.

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P.O. Box 127
Madison, NJ  07940

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A student works in the vault at the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History, based at Drew University in New Jersey. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

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