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MacLean Religious Education Special Collection: Donating Archival Material

Donating Archival Material

We welcome your use of the MacLean Special Collection, as well as donations of historical materials that would be of service to future generations of learners and scholars. MacLean collects four types of archive material related to Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist religious education:  

  • Papers of religious educators 
  • Records of religious education organizations
  • Accumulations of historical material pertaining to a single event, theme, or movement within religious education 
  • Religious education books, pamphlets, and curricula  

If you have any of the material above, or other archival material you believe is relevant to UU religious education history, please email  Liz Jones, the Coordinator for the MacLean Collection Working Group, at Please do not send materials without first having a consultation with Liz.

To best serve scholars and the larger UU community, all possible acquisitions materials undergo rigorous inspection. All acquisitions must be generated by individuals and/or organizations historically and culturally important to liberal religion, Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism. When inspecting a collection we also consider the condition of the materials and expenses related to their shipping and storage.

After we receive a collection, we remove materials lacking in historical and cultural significance so that we can maximize the accessibility of the collection. Because our goal is to make history accessible, we will only acquire materials if we are given sole ownership. While we prefer to receive materials without access restrictions, we will allow materials to have reasonable access restrictions if required by the donor.

Ask an Archivist

If you have any questions about the Meadville Lombard Archives and Special Collections, just ask!

We can help with...

  • Scheduling an archive visit
  • Accessing archival materials
  • Using our digital archive tools
  • Answering reference questions
  • Scanning selections of documents
  • Donating archival material to Meadville Lombard
  • Creating archives at your local congregation

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