L. Dale Patterson (Ph.D. Drew University) is Archivist-Records Administrator at the the United Methodist Archives and History Center on the Drew University campus. Dr. Patterson has worked on the staff of the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church since 1994. Prior to that he was Associate Archivist and Co-Director of the Oral History Center at the University of Louisville. He has taught courses on the history and methods of archives, American religious history and United Methodist history. He is the New Jersey Caucus chair of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and a past chair of the Archivists of Religious Collections Section of the Society of American Archivists. His publications include “The United Methodists and their Open Records Policy,” in Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, ed. Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt and Peter J. Wosh (Society of American Archivists, 2005), as well as articles and reviews in Methodist History.