United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History

The archives of the GCAH exist to promote and care for the history of the United Methodist Church.  The archive is located on the campus of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Internship Spring 2012

Jonathan Lawler: Processing the personal paper collections of two prominent Methodist leaders.  Alfred Waller Jr. and the Reverend Lynn James Radcliffe.  The majority of my internship at the United Methodist archives consisted of arranging and describing two collections.  I completed two EAD documents during the course of the semester. Alfred M. Waller, Jr. (1948-1987) was an American United Methodist minister and Drew University faculty member. The collection of his personal papers contains reference material, various artifacts, publications, sermons, and correspondence largely pertaining to anti-apartheid activities and African American history and issues.  I arranged the material by genre for this rather small collection (1.26 cubic feet) which is contained within one series.

The much larger Radcliffe Papers contain three series by genre: paper sermons, other writings, and audio taped sermons.  The Reverend Radcliffe was a well known pastor in Cincinnati who donated hundreds of sermons to the UMC Archives.  In addition to organizing the material, I had the opportunity to digitize two of his audio taped sermons which were recorded on ¼ inch tape.  In addition to these activities, I learned to digitize photographs, records, and micro-film while also learning various preservation techniques from the staff at GCAH.


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