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.

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portrait of Judith Sargent Murray
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Speaker: Bonnie Hurd Smith

An Eighteenth-Century Intellectual, Universalist, and Champion of Women's Rights

Judith Sargent Murray was an essayist, poet, and playwright. She was among America's...

News & Highlights

The latest addition to our New England's Hidden Histories program is a group of unusual relations from Sturbridge, Mass.

The Congregational Library and Archives has a significant number of materials by, about, and owned by Rev. Cotton Mather.

The Kenneth Beckwith collection features a  personal tally as an officiant during his 22 years as an active Congregational minister. Rev. Beckwith also acted as the Associate Minister for the Massachusetts Conference for the latter part of his career.

The Reverend Raymond Bradley, Jr., who sadly passed just this year, was a champion in the struggle for several human rights campaigns. He served as a UCC minister for churches in Maine and Rhode Island.