History Center


The History Center houses documents significant to Swedish Baptist institutional, cultural and immigration history, the Baptist General Conference, and Bethel University. The collection includes:

  • Institutional records of Bethel University

  • Swedish Baptist Conference Minutes (1856-1934)

  • Baptist General Conference Annual Reports

  • BGC publications (e.g. The Standard and its precursors)

  • BGC church and district records

  • BGC home and foreign mission records

  • Swedish Bible and hymnal collection

  • Biographical files on over 2,300 conference pastors and laypersons

  • Photographs

  • In addition, the History Center contains a variety of recurring materials: minutes and reports of meetings, programs and proceedings of conferences and conventions, financial records, correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, missions reports, and news clippings.