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Archives at Wentz Library, Gettysburg: Policies and Fees

Guide to the ULS seminary archives and the ELCA Region 8 archives

Region 8 Research Fees

Those utilizing Region 8 Archives will be charged a research fee. There is no fee for researching within the Seminary's Manuscript and Archives collections, however research performed by the staff on your behalf would be charged the same rate as genealogy searches. In-person researchers from partner institutions (Mount St. Mary's, Gettysburg College, WTC, or SEPTLA) are not charged fees beyond photocopying costs.

Daily Research Fee is $20
Scanning and photocopying must be performed by staff; fees are: 

  • $7 per day and $0.25 per page
    3 pages would cost: $7.75
    ($7 +(3*0.25))

Non-flash photography is allowed, with permission of the archivist.
If search is being performed in relation to the creation of a congregational history (commissioned by the congregation), no daily fee is charged, but scanning and photocopying fees do apply.

Genealogy Searches performed by Staff

Baptism, confirmation, burial, or membership-related:

  • $35 for a basic, 1 hr search, which includes photocopying of up to 4 pages.
  • $20 for each additional hour.
  • $0.25 for each additional scan/photocopy.
  • Fees still apply even if no information is found related to the patron's request.

Info Needed for Staff Search

Researchers must provide us with as much of the following information. This information is necessary to confirm that the information they need may exist. 

  • Name of person
  • Logical year or range of years information is likely to be found in
  • Name and location of church or other organization 

An initial, quick check of our records to confirm if we may have the information requested is free. However, after that, the hourly fee must be paid, regardless of our search being successful.


The Archives are open by appointment, Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm. 

Victoria Jesswein, Archivist, Gettysburg

Jorie Thuon, Temporary Processing Archivist, Philadelphia 

Synod Office searches

Because each member synod provides some funding to the Region 8 archives, the first hour of research for any request is free. Synod funding does not cover the full cost of maintaining the archives and so all other needs are on a cost recovery basis (with heavy discount on our hourly research rate).

Synod Research Visits

  • No daily research fee
  • $0.25 per page for printing/scanning performed by staff

Synod Research Requests performed by Archives staff 

  • First hour is free
  • Subsequent hours are $10
  • Synod office pays all faxing, scanning, or printout charges