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The memory of the centuries

The memory of the centuries is not lost with us: Our written archives and library collect, secure and make accessible documents of the work of the UEM, its predecessor organizations (the Rhenish Missionary Society and the Bethel Mission) and the member churches of the UEM.

Written archives/library of the Archives and Museum Foundation of the UEM.

We are prepared for guests: We offer a total of four reading stations, a photocopier and a microfilm reader as well as the possibility of digitalization on site or by order on our premises in the Mission House in Wuppertal.
And of course we are always happy to help with any questions.

The Written Archives

Online finding aids are available for some of the holdings. The Written Archives are divided into seven groups/departments:

  • The Archive of the Rhenish Mission Society, reporting period 1799-1970.
    also contains documents of the Elberfelder and Barmer Mission Societies. Finding aids are available for Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia), Indonesia (Borneo/Kalimantan, Sumatra, Nias, Mentawai and West Papua), Kaiser-Wilhelmsland/Papua New Guinea, China/Hong Kong and the Heimatarbeit (= work in Germany).
  • The Archive of the Bethel Mission/Evangelical Mission Society for German East Africa, 1885-1970.
    This archive also contains material on the Evangelical Africa Association. A printed finding aid is available.
  • The archive of the UEM, from 1970 
    indexed by lists, partly not yet released for use
  • Rhenish and Westphalian Mission Conferences 
    Deposita (archive material deposited in the archive) - a finding aid is available
  • Bequests
    for the most part already included in the finding aids for the mission regions
  • Map collection
    A printed overview is available.
  • Collection of audio material
    Audio tapes, audio cassettes, records, partially indexed by lists


Finding aids of the Written Archives can be viewed online:

Introduction Finding Aid

Finding Aid Bethel Mission

Finding Aid Rhenish Mission


The library

The library complements the Written Archives. It contains mission literature as well as brochures and pamphlets from the Rhenish and Bethel Mission, but also from many other German and non-German mission societies.

We also collect literature on the history and present of UEM countries and UEM churches: Cameroon, Congo, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa (only related to the time of the Rhenish Mission Society), Rwanda, Tanzania and Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Hong Kong/China, Philippines. Since 1990, about 300 documents (dissertations, master's theses, etc.) have been collected, resulting from work with the sources in the Written Archives.

Information for visitors

Opening hours
Monday to Thursday
9 am - 3 pm

Friday 9 am - 1 pm
and by appointment

We kindly ask for a prior registration.


Service charge
1 - 3 days: 5 Euro
more than 3 days (up to one year): 10 Euro


IBAN: DE45 3506 0190 0009 0909 08