Advice & Procedures
1. Please be aware that the early Moravians in America spoke and wrote German.
Consequently, a large part of our records is written in German script, an form of Gothic script, different from our modern handwriting. This script is not always easy to read and is something which must be learned. It is no longer taught in Germany. For more information on our German script class, klicken Sie hier.
2. You are expected to be able to read materials in whatever language they are written, or to bring someone with you who can read them. The archivist may assist you when you come upon unfamiliar terms used by the Moravians, but otherwise the staff cannot translate for researchers. We can refer you to translators if you need assistance.
3. In order to protect our documents, we do not make photocopies of bound material or from originals that are older than 1900. For this reason researchers are permitted to bring a digital camera to make their own reproductions at no cost, or you can order reproductions through the Archives according to our fee schedule.
4. While conducting research at the Archives, please keep documents with their original folders and boxes. Documents should be requested and referenced according to their title and date, and their box and folder's name and number. Order forms for reproductions should be completed in the same manner.
RULES OF THE ARCHIVES
1. New researchers must complete the Archives' registration form and provide personal identification.
2. Researchers must wear gloves when handling photographs, maps, and objects. When handling documents and books, make sure you have clean hands.
3. Researchers must work in pencil.
4. All materials must be handled with care. Do not write on materials or take notes on top of materials. If you have questions on how to handle items, please ask the archivist for assistance.
4. Food, drink and smoking are prohibited.
5. Researchers may not enter the vaults.
6. Researchers must maintain an atmosphere of quiet in respect of other researchers. Accommodations can be made in advance for groups who wish to work together and discuss their research.
7. Researchers may be warned and/or asked to leave if they do not abide by Archives' rules.