Brethren Historical Library and Archives

Mission Statement

The Brethren Historical Library and Archives is the official repository for Church of the Brethren publications and records. Its purpose is to keep alive the Brethren faith heritage, by:

  • collecting and preserving materials relating to the cultural, socio-economic, theological, genealogical, and institutional history of the Brethren;
  • giving historical perspective and understanding to the mission of the church through counsel and publication;
  • providing a centralized Brethren research center;
  • serving as a clearinghouse for information on Brethren historical materials in other repositories.

Contact Information

Contact the director at 800-323-8039, x368, direct line 847-429-4368 or brethrenarchives@brethren.org.

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BHLA News and Notes

News & Notes is the newsletter for BHLA. In each issue, you can read about the rich history of the Brethren and discover new additions to the Brethren Historical Library and Archives,

News & Notes Issue 1: Check out the inaugural issue of BHLA's newsletter, featuring an article by Brethren Historian David A. Hollinger, author of After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in Modern America.

Free Pamphlets

The Brethren Historical Library and Archives (BHLA) has a series of free pamphlets available on request. These include the following:

Used books for sale

BHLA maintains a collection of used Brethren books for sale. Search the list of available books and contact BHLA for more details, including pricing. 

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