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

Emerson "Tad" Baker
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Speaker: Emerson W. Baker

Join archaeologist and author Emerson "Tad" Baker for a discussion of his latest book, "A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience".

News & Highlights

Christ Congregational Church was established in 1882 in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Originally named Church of Christ German Congregational Church, it remained open until 1944. A German Evangelical Church, its records are in both English and German.

The First Congregational Church of East Chicago was gathered in 1889 in the northwest corner of Indiana. The church joined the UCC after 1957 and ultimately closed in 1985.

The latest addition to our New England's Hidden Histories program is a collection of papers from the Rev. John Rogers (1666-1745) of Ipswich, Massachusetts. It consists of sermons, a letter to Rev. and Mrs.

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.