Vol 19, Issue 18

Did You Know? The Bahá'í National Archives

Did you know these three facts about the Bahá'í National Archives?

1) The Archives moved to its current location in the ground floor of the Bahá’í House of Worship, Wilmette, in 1939.  Administratively, the Archives is not part of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár but of the national Ḥaẓíratu’l-Quds, the administrative seat of the National Spiritual Assembly.  The Guardian advised that in time the Archives should be relocated, but that hasn’t been feasible until now. In the meantime, the collections of historical documents and artifacts have outgrown the space under the House of Worship so much that many collections are stored elsewhere.  The National Assembly is now developing a new, up-to-date facility to preserve the archival collections for hundreds of years into the future.

2) The Archives holds close to one thousand historical artifacts, including relics such as a silk coat worn by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and a pair of boots and a carrying case used by Bahá'u'lláh.

3) The Archives manages the National Bahá’í Library with about 20,000 catalogued items, one of the largest reference collections on the Faith in North America.  

Stay tuned for updates from the Office of the Treasurer on the national campaign to raise funds for the new archives space that will enable us to continue to preserve our spiritual heritage. Look for information and updates on the project in the Bahá'í Fund Bulletin, The American Bahá'í magazine, and texts from the Office of the Treasurer. To contribute to the project, select "US Bahá’í National Archives Renovation Fund" in the Online Contribution System.