Use of the Unity Archives
Manuscripts, books, and periodicals, as well as other collections, are made available in our reading room. The reading room is equipped with approximately 10 workstations, finding aids, and a reference library. Researchers are to submit an application for research, as well as provide staff with information about their research plans. Researchers must sign an agreement that they adhere to the current rules of the Unity Archives, as well as pay fees for additional research services. It is strongly recommended that researchers contact the archives before their visit to inform staff of their research plans. This gives staff members of the Unity Archives time to prepare materials for your visit.
Records and books are often unique and must be handled with care. Researchers are held to the standard of current Research Regulations.
Information for Family Researchers
Different materials exist for members of the Moravian Church, and occasionally for individuals who lived in the vicinity of Moravian communities. Church registers and copies of church registers exist for individual congregations of the Moravian Church. Membership directories with extensive biographical information are available up to the middle of the nineteenth century.
Further, approximately 30,000 Lebensläufe (memoirs) are found at the Unity Archives. By the middle of the 18th century, it was customary for members of the Moravian Church to write memoirs that would be read before congregations at funerals. These memoirs are cataloged in the archives database.
There is also an assortment of cataloged and uncataloged personal papers deposited at the Unity Archives, as well as partial personal papers. Also available are a series of biographical volumes compiled at the Unity Archives, familiarly known as the Dienerblätter (records of church workers).
No relevant genealogical records exist, however, as reliable sources for the Ancient Unity in the Czech Republic and Poland.
It is possible to order reproductions (see Research Regulations). The type of reproduction (microfilm, photograph, scan, photocopy) is determined by the archival condition of the records. Because photocopies accelerate the deterioration of paper through heat and light, such reproductions are made only if it is harmless to the original records. Reproduction costs are determined by the current Order of Fees and Table of Fees.
Users are allowed to take their own photographs if flash-functionality has been disabled and if permission has been granted by Archives Staff.