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Archiving Church Records

The records of the developments and decisions of your church, whether in traditional paper form or electronic, are important sources of information about its life. These records can include minutes of meetings, membership rolls, newsletters, annual reports, programs, etc, as well as photographs and recordings.

These records are important now and in the future – for example, they will be needed by church officers who are responsible for planning and decision-making in your church and denomination. Researchers from historical societies, students and the community will also find them useful in analysing the story of your church and district.

These records may also be needed by the church for legal reasons and could help to protect the church and its members in cases of litigation. So it is vital that these records be properly made in the first place, then carefully stored and well managed. Here are some guidelines to help in the process.

Creating good records

It is important to make sure that all departments create adequate records of their work either on paper or electronically, or both. Make sure such records are clearly identified as to who originated them, their purpose and especially their date. Keep in mind the possible future uses of the records (planning and review, denominational reporting, historical research and legal responsibilities), and ensure that official records of decisions, reports of developments and other relevant details are formally made.

Records should be on good quality paper, with the pages bound together firmly and/or pasted in strong books. It is not acceptable to use arch-binders, metal paper-clips and sticky tape which damage the documents. See the guide sheets link below for detailed information.

The QB Archives

The Archives, located at QB Centre, are happy to assist with any enquiries in relation to archiving church records.

For further information contact 07 3354 5600 or email archives@qb.org.au

Website: Baptist Historical Society of Qld


Archival Resources and Guides

Australian Baptist Archiving Protocols and Standards PDF Download
Creating, Preserving, Managing Your Records PDF Download
Archiving Emails PDF Download
Managing Church Records – A Guide PDF Download
Managing Church Records - Detailed Guide PDF Download
Records to Keep PDF Download
What to do with old church records PDF Download
Digitising your Church Records PDF Download
Steps to Digitising Church Records PDF Download
Digital Archiving PDF Download
Baptist Church Archives - a Guide PDF Download
Baptist Church Archives Register (CAR) Form PDF Download
Compiling a Local Baptist Church History PDF Download
How to Research, Write and Publish your Church’s Story PDF Download
Baptist Archives and Family History PDF Download