Archives and History

The Iowa Conference archives collects and preserves historically significant records of the United Methodist Church in Iowa and its agencies as well as our local churches across the state. Located in Chadwick Library on the Iowa Wesleyan University campus in Mount Pleasant, the archives collection includes historical data, books, literature, and relics related to the Iowa Conference.IWU_logo

Esther Wonderlich serves as the conference archivist. She provides recommendations for local churches about the length of time to keep records and other historical documents and materials. She can be contacted with your questions by calling the archives office at 319-385-6321 or emailing

The Commission on Archives and History is the conference agency that works with Iowa Wesleyan to maintain a fire-safe archival depository, and they are in the process of developing an electronic one. Records are kept representing the ministries of all United Methodist Churches and predecessor organizations, including former Evangelical United Brethren, Methodist Episcopal, and Methodist Protestant churches. This year $23,000 is budgeted for the commission’s ministry. The funds are made possible from the apportionment gifts of United Methodist churches across the state of Iowa.

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