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ELCA Region 6 Archives
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Region 6 Archives is part of the network of ELCA Churchwide and Regional Archives. The ELCA Region 6 Archives was established in 1992 with the cooperative support of the Region 6 synods. The ELCA Region 6 Archives serves the six ELCA synods located in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
The ELCA Region 6 Archives is located in the lower level of Mees Residence Hall with an office presence in Room 156 at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University's Hamma Library. Patrons are encouraged to schedule an appointment prior to arrival.
Parking is available in the Visitor parking spaces of the F7 parking lot outside of Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University. Please see Capital University's Maps and Locations for a campus map and directions.
Reference services are provided on-site at the archives, by mail, phone, or email request.
Support for ELCA Congregations, Synods, and Organizations
The ELCA Region 6 Archives provides support to ELCA congregations, synods, and organizations located in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and the Lower Peninsula of Michigan through individual consultation and workshops. Topics include (but are not limited to):
To assist with records management and the care of historical records, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America provides the following resources for ELCA congregations and synods:A Brief Guide for Archives of CongregationsComparison of Microfilm and Digital Preservation TechnologiesDisposition of Records of Disbanding Congregations Maintaining the Parish Register An Order for the Disposal of Deteriorating Bible and Other Respected PublicationsRecords Retention Schedule for Synods of the ELCARecords Retention Schedule for Congregations of the ELCAThe Work of a Congregational Archivist and/or Archives Committee
The archive makes research materials available to all registered patrons in accordance with Region 6 Archives policies and practices.
The Region 6 Archives is the official repository for the archival records of ELCA Region 6 synods and predecessor bodies. The Archives preserves the records of disbanded ELCA congregations. Active congregations are responsible for keeping their own records. The archive does collect congregational histories and microfilm copies of congregational records for reference and preservation purposes. Inactive records of institutions, organizations, and ministries supported by the Region 6 synods and predecessors will be collected when no other provisions for their preservation exist. The Region 6 Archives cooperates with ELCA Churchwide and other regional archives to preserve records of the ELCA ‘s predecessor bodies.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Region 6 Archives strives to serve researchers and their various needs and requests. A key aspect of the Archives’ mission is to preserve and make available the official and permanently valuable records created by Region 6 synods and institutions. To better serve the entire research community, the ELCA Region 6 Archives has implemented the following Research Fee Schedule:
ELCA Synod and Predecessor Body Minutes Collections
Congregational Publication CollectionsCongregational Histories: IndianaCongregational Histories: KentuckyCongregational Histories: MichiganCongregational Histories: Ohio
Closed Congregation CollectionsCongregational Records: Indiana and KentuckyCongregational Records: MichiganCongregational Records: Ohio
Personal Papers Collections
ELCA Archives WebsiteELCA Regional Archives