Scheduling in-person research
In-person research is available to paying members of the Historical Society, student members, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations researching their congregational history and ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The amount of research time available is determined by membership level. See "Research Time" below.
In-person research at the Disciples of Christ Historical Society is available Monday through Friday, 10am – 12pm, 1pm – 4pm. Research visits must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. We reserve the right to limit the length of a research visit.
Submit an In-Person Research Request
Members may borrow any book of which the Society has multiple copies. The member will be billed for postage and handling and will pay return postage. Non-members may borrow a second copy of a book through the Interlibrary Loan department at their local library for a charge of $5.00 per book (plus postage & handling) which must be paid in advance. The loan period is 1 month, with one renewal permitted.
Researchers should bear in mind the restrictions on photocopying and publication imposed by the Copyright Act of 2003. It is the researcher’s responsibility to determine the copyright status and obtain the necessary permission before publication of material from the Society’s collections. (Please see Copyright Information.)
- Campbell League and Student Members
one hour of research assistance each year.
- Stone Guild Members
two hours of research assistance each year.
- Lexington Council, Millennial Group, Unity Circle, and President's Cabinet Members
three hours of research assistance each year.
- Polar Star Members
four hours of research assistance each year.
- Disciples of Christ congregations
two hours of research each year at no charge. This research assistance is limited to the congregation's own history.
- Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
two hours of research each year at no charge.
Additional Research Fees
- Additional hours of research are $25.00 per hour.
- Photocopying, other reproduction, and shipping costs are additional. See our reproduction fees.
Please familiarize yourself with all policies and fees.
Getting to the Historical Society
Our address, phone number, hours of operation are all found on the Visiting Disciples of Christ Historical Society page.
Free parking is provided for guests.
At present there are no options for overnight accommodations in Bethany, WV. For overnight accommodations guests are referred to Wheeling, WV and Washington PA.