Historical Archive of the SDA Church in Europe
The facility, founded in 1980 at the Marienhöhe Theological Seminary in Darmstadt, is conceived as the central scholarly archive of the Adventists in Europe and has been located at Friedensau Adventist University since 1997.
The archive is supported and funded by the Euro-Africa Division, its parent agency. Its purpose is to gather and organize all the accessible and significant written sources on the history of Adventism in Europe and beyond, and to provide access to these in accordance with its user regulations. As a result of years of intensive searching in Germany and abroad, the archive holds over 3500 archived files made up of original documents or photocopies of documents, and film and photo material. In particular, the collection records the history and mission of the Adventist Church in Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe, in the Middle East, in North, Central and East Africa, and in some countries of the Far East. Donations and bequests of all kinds containing documents in the form of letters, diaries, chronicles and photos continue to be gratefully accepted.
As a denominational archive, the facility is primarily concerned with preserving its own historical and theological heritage and thus helping to strengthen the Adventist/Free Church identity and presence in Europe. Above and beyond this, the institute – as a “research workshop” and as a meeting place– also seeks paths of interdenominational dialogue, in order to dispel religious prejudices and misunderstandings and to stimulate mutual understanding.