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2004 annual report

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Wayne assists researcher Peggy Deans Williams as she looks through the papers of her father and missionary to the Belgian Congo, William Deans, Collection 586. Wayne processed the collection during 2004 and Williams was exploring the collection with her sister and assisting Wayne in identifying the photographs.

Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and loved to think about him. "They will be my people," says the Lord Almighty.

Malachi 3:16-17 (NLT)

We spend a part of most days in the Archives talking to each other -- thinking out loud about how to better serve our researchers, suggesting new ways to stimulate use through our Web site, planning our next program to bring new users to the Reading Room, solving a processing conundrum, or compiling information for a response to a reference question. But as Malachi reminds us, what we say is within earshot of God's watchful care, and, we pray, fueled by his guidance and blessing. Our desire is that this gathering of papers and films and photos and more will help the Church remember "those who feared him and loved to think about him," learn from them and follow in their steps, and be a faithful part of that "scroll of remembrance" that Malachi alludes to. This report is our scroll of remembrance, presenting the record of our stewardship in 2004. Here's a summary of what happened during the past year.

The following pages provide further descriptions, pictures and statistics of what we've done in the past year.