• What’s the difference between University Archives and Methodist Archives?
  • Do I need to make an appointment?
  • Who is allowed to use the collections?
  • What can I bring with me to the reading room?
  • Can I use a camera in the reading room?
  • Why do you have so many rules?
  • Why can’t I check out the books in Special Collections or the Methodist Library?
  • Do you give tours of the United Methodist Archives and History Center?
  • Can I donate my books or papers?
  • I found an old book. Can you tell me how much it is worth?
  • What’s the difference between University Archives and Methodist Archives?

    Because Drew University was originally founded as a Methodist theological seminary, there are many Methodist materials in both the University Archives and the Methodist Archives. However, the University Archives hold the records of Drew University and its institutional history, while the Methodist Archives hold materials that relate directly to the United Methodist Church.

    Do I need to make an appointment?

    Appointments are not necessary for most of the collections, including the Methodist Library and most of the rare books. However, some collections, such as those within University Archives and within several special collections, are housed in the Main Library and require an appointment so they can be transported to the Wilson Reading Room. Please email speccol@drew.edu or archives@drew.edu to ask about appointments.

    Who is allowed to use the collections?

    Everyone! We encourage students, staff, and faculty from Drew University to make use of our collections and we also invite outside researchers and interested people to use the materials found in Special Collections, University Archives, and the Methodist Library.

    What can I bring with me into the reading room?

    You are welcome to bring a notepad, pencils, and a laptop into the reading room. Cell phones are also allowed on silent. We ask that all bags, coats, pens, and food/drink be left in the lockers provided. See a full list of our policies.

    Can I use a camera in the reading room?

    We welcome cameras, as long as you don’t use flash. No tripods or personal scanners are allowed.

    Why do you have so many rules?

    We want our collections to be used, but we also need to protect them. All of the rules are in place in order to make sure that nothing accidentally happens to the rare and unique materials that our collections hold.

    Why can’t I check out the books in Special Collections or the Methodist Library?

    Even though some of our books are very new and in very good shape, it is our job to protect them so that they will be around in the future. Some of the materials, such as the theses in University Archives, are the only copies known to exist. The Methodist Library acts as the depository, which means in addition to preserving older works, our job is to collect and keep new works so that future generations will have access to them.

    Do you give tours of the United Methodist Archives and History Center?

    Yes! We welcome tour groups, especially those interested in learning about our work. Please contact methodist@drew.edu to schedule a tour.

    Can I donate my books or papers?

    We regularly accept donations of books and papers that relate to our collecting areas. If you are interested in donating materials, please contact speccol@drew.edu, archives@drew.edu, or methodist@drew.edu.

    I found an old book. Can you tell me how much it is worth?

    We do not provide appraisals of materials. However, you can search for booksellers who may be able to provide a value for your book(s) through the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.