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

"Prayer for USA" by Harley Pebley
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Speaker: David Mislin

David Mislin is a historian of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States, with a focus on American intellectual and religious history.


News & Highlights

We are pleased to announce two new additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program — the early records from West Parish Church in Barnstable, and a volume of advice from an anonymous man facing his own mortality.


The Congregational Conference of Illinois was established in 1844 by the first three Congregational associations in Illinois: the Congregational Association of Illinois, the Fox River Association, and the Rock River Association.

The newest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories digital collections all fall under the theme of church governance.

This collection includes material from the West Medford, Mystic, and Union Congregational Churches.