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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Speaker: Stephen Marini

Sacred Song in Revolutionary Boston: William Billings and Oliver Holden

With names like Hatfield, Lynn, Walpole, and Woburn you would think that you'd be looking at a map...

News & Highlights

Spring has sprung, and with it come new collections available for our researchers.


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.