Remembrance of centuries past

To us, the memory of centuries past has not been lost. Our Written Archives and our Library collect and protect documents from the work of the UEM, its predecessor organizations (the Rhenish Mission Society and the Bethel Mission), and the UEM member churches, making these available to visitors.



  • 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

Remembrance of centuries past

The Archives and Museum Foundation is designed for visitors: our space in the mission house in Wuppertal offers a total of four reading areas, a photocopier and a microfilm reader. And of course, should you have any questions, we are glad to be of assistance.

Written Archives

Printed search listings are available for some of the holdings. In the near future there will also be search listings available on the Internet. The Written Archives are divided into seven groups/divisions:

  • Archive of the Rhenish Mission, covering 1799-1970
    also contains documents from the Elberfeld and Barmen Mission Societies. Search listings are available for southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia), Indonesia (Borneo/Kalimantan, Sumatra, Nias, Mentawai and West Papua), Kaiser Wilhelmsland/Papua New Guinea, for China and Hong Kong and for domestic (German) work.
  • 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 search listing is available.
  • Archive of the UEM, from 1970
    Accessible through listings, some not yet available for public use
  • Rhenish and Westphalian Mission Conferences
    On deposit (in the archive) – A search listing is available
  • Estates
    Most have already been included in the search listings for the mission regions
  • Map Collection
    A printed overview is available.
  • Audio Materials Collection
    Audio tapes, audio cassettes, records, only partially accessible through file index cards


The Library complements the Written Archives. It contains mission literature such as brochures and leaflets from the Rhenish and Bethel Missions, as well as many other German and non-German mission societies.

We also collect literature on UEM countries and UEM churches then and now: Cameroon, Congo, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa (only covering the era of the Rhenish Mission Society), Rwanda, Tanzania and Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China, and the Philippines. Since 1990, we have collected some 220 documents (dissertations, masters theses, etc.) that have been based in part on sources in the Written Archives.

Social Media

UEM Germany at Facebook

Annual Report 2018 (German version)




Phone: 0202 89004-0
E-Mail: info[at]
Address und Contact


IBAN: DE45 3506 0190 0009 0909 08

Social Media