New England's Hidden Histories

Congregational church records are an unparalleled source of information about the religious activities of the early colonists, and about many other aspects of early American life. The Congregational Library and Archives, in partnership with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale is currently preserving these records and making them available to the public.

Transcribe an 18th-Century Document

Upcoming Events

woodcut of "wicked Ranters" from the book "Hell Broke Loose..." (1651)
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Speaker: Lori Stokes

Join historian Lori Stokes for a look at the physical hardships of colonial Massachusetts and the ways they informed religious practices.

News & Highlights

Thomas Weld (1702-1757) was pastor in New England from 1727 until his death in 1757/8. This collection contains his common-place book from his time at Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1723.

This organization, originally called The Gay Caucus when it was founded in 1972, was created to advocate for the inclusion of gays and lesbians into the life of the United Church of Christ.

Christ Congregational Church was established in 1882 in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Originally named Church of Christ German Congregational Church, it remained open until 1944. A German Evangelical Church, its records are in both English and German.

The First Congregational Church of East Chicago was gathered in 1889 in the northwest corner of Indiana. The church joined the UCC after 1957 and ultimately closed in 1985.