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

title page of "Catechismusa Prasty Szadei" (The Simple Words of Catechism)
Monday, June 8, 2015
Speaker: Ian Christie-Miller

Catechismusa Prasty Szadei (The Simple Words of Catechism) by Martynas Mažvydas was the first book printed in Lithuanian. Of the few hundred printed, there are only two known copies...

News & Highlights

Our archive intern, Patrick Shea, completed his time with us by re-describing a collection that has been part of our collection for the last 75 years. It was originally donated by the Congregational Education Society when they left 14 Beacon Street and moved their headquarters.

We have been awarded a sizeable grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to expand our New England's Hidden Histories program over the next three years.

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.