WMU Library and Archives

The Hunt Library is the corporate library at national WMU headquarters and is named for former executive secretary Alma Hunt. Our collection of over 15,000 volumes specializes in the history of Woman's Missionary Union, Southern Baptist history, missions, and women's religious history. The library houses WMU published materials, books related to Christian life, women's issues, social issues, missionary biographies, mission action, and missions theology.

While our library is open (by appointment) to the general public for research, most of our materials are not available for loan. We will make photocopies or provide in electronic form, if possible. We are happy to host researchers on site by appointment only.

Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., and Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

 

The Archives is the official repository for our corporate records and preserves the history of our organization. Stored in a temperature- and humidity-controlled vault are the official minutes and records of WMU's Executive Board meetings, products and periodicals published by WMU, and artifacts from countries where Southern Baptist missionaries have served. The original handwritten minutes of the 1888 organizational meeting of Woman’s Missionary Union, is just one of our treasured possessions. Correspondence, notebooks, personal effects, and photographs of Lottie Moon, missionary to China, and Annie Armstrong, WMU corresponding secretary from 1888 to 1906, are also housed in the archives.

Memoirs from Southern Baptist missionaries are preserved in several manuscript collections. Researchers interested in WMU history, Southern Baptist Convention history, Baptist state convention history, and women’s religious history may find valuable primary sources in the archives holdings.

The Archives is open each week on a part-time basis. Researchers must schedule an appointment with the archivist to use archival collections.

The Hunt Library and Archives of WMU, SBC is located at the WMU national headquarters building in Birmingham, Alabama. For driving directions to WMU and local hotel information, please follow the link to contact us.

 

Alma Hunt Museum
The Alma Hunt Museum of Woman's Missionary Union preserves our corporate history as well as the stories of missions around the world. The museum is named for Alma Hunt, WMU's fourth executive secretary (1948-1974), and is located at the national headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama.

The museum houses permanent and rotating displays that feature WMU leaders, WMU's involvement in missions programs, and artifacts representing numerous missions fields. A recreation of Alma Hunt's office, a WMU magazines exhibit, and Annie Armstrong's bed are some of the permanent features of the museum.

It is our hope that the museum will inspire visitors to fulfill their role in Christian service. To make a reservation for a tour of the Alma Hunt Museum and WMU national headquarters, or for driving directions, please contact us.

 

Artifacts and Collections
WMU houses many artifacts from around the world and various collections of correspondence and minutes from past missionaries, WMU, and WMU presidents and executive directors.
 

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