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

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missionary Gertrude Pye (wife of Rev. Watts O. Pye) drives a cart in China
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Inspired by her own grandparents' story, Virginia Pye's latest novel weaves a tale of American missionaries in early 20th-century China.

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The Trinity Church, also known as First Congregational Church, was established in 1820 and closed in 2014. This collection documents the history of the organization, including meetings; membership; anniversary celebrations; and church life.

We are pleased to announce two new additions to NEHH — a church covenant from West Church in Watertown and the results of an ecclesiastical council from Second Church in Wrentham.

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.