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 as well.
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. LEARN MORE >

Transcribe an 18th-Century Document

statue of Roger Williams in the National Statuary Hall Collection in the US Capitol Building
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Near the end of his life, Roger Williams scrawled an encrypted essay in the margins of a colonial-era book. For more than 300 years those shorthand notes remained undecipherable until a team of Brown undergraduates cracked the code. Come hear the story of what turned out to be Roger William's final treatise.

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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.

This collection consists of the records of South Congregational Church. The church was founded originally as Memorial Church of Chicago, Illinois in 1871. The following year, it was changed to Forty Seventh Congregational Church.

Today we are very pleased to announce the publication of four new New England's Hidden Histories collections!