The Mother Bethel Archives contain materials from Bishops, General Officers, Pastors, AME Church members, deeds, microfilm, funeral programs, photographs, framed certificates, plaques, and many other objects of interest to researchers. It should be noted that no items from the Richard Allen Museum (also housed in the lower level of Mother Bethel) were moved.
To donate your items to the Archive at Mother Bethel or to schedule an appointment to research our materials please contact us via email at margaret.jerrido@
About Margaret Jerrido
Margaret Jerrido is the Archivist for the Mother Bethel AME church. Previously she was Archivist and Head of the Urban Archives, in the Temple University Libraries, for 17 years. Prior to this position, she was the Assistant Archivist in the Archives & Special Collections on Women in Medicine at the former Medical College of Pennsylvania. Ms. Jerrido has conducted workshops on how to preserve all formats of historical materials, planned workshops and lead discussion groups on forming an archives. She has participated in panels on how to conduct oral histories. In addition, she has consulted with various repositories throughout Philadelphia on how to establish and maintain an archives. She has written, was awarded and served as project manager for grants from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, William Penn Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. She is a member of the Delaware Valley Archivists Group (DVAG) and the Mid-Atlantic Archives Conference (MARAC). She was the first Chair of the former group and has been involved in the latter holding various offices and presenting a number of papers on various aspects of collecting, preserving and maintaining historical records.
Following are some of the publications which Ms. Jerrido has written for, contributed to or edited: Directory of African American Collections in Greater Philadelphia and Selected Suburban Areas. PACSCL Photograph Directory. The Encyclopedia of African American Cultural and History. Black Women in American: an historical encyclopedia. and the Handbook of American Women's History.
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