The collections housed in the Marston Memorial Historical Center are available to researchers interested in Free Methodism, missionaries, and holiness and Wesleyan streams in American history. While the Historical Center is open from 8:00 to 5:00, it is staffed part-time. Those interested in using the collections, must make an appointment with Cathy Robling. Researchers are encouraged to contact staff to determine whether our collections suit their needs.

The Historical Center also handles inquiries made by phone, in writing, or e-mail. Depending on the nature of the request, fees for research may sometimes be charged.

Genealogical research

The policy for genealogical research is to receive payment in advance at the rate of $15.00 per hour. Generally one hour is sufficient to locate information. A written request for information, including date of death, and a check or money order made payable to Marston Memorial Historical Center can be sent to Box 535002, Indianapolis, Indiana 46253-5002.


The staff are willing to photocopy material when photocopying will not harm an item. Photocopying costs 15 cents a page. Photocopies of material from the collection may be made for educational purposes as long as the Center is credited properly and such activity does not violate copyright laws.

Copyright and Permission for Use

The Historical Center does not necessarily own the copyright to material housed in its collections. It is incumbent upon the researcher to secure all copyrights before publication. Also, permission to use or photocopy material is not permission to publish it. Permission to publish must be secured from the Historical Center.