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

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor, William Halsall, 1882
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 to Thursday, March 19, 2020
Francis Bremer, John Turner, Andrew Lipman, Adrian Weimer, David Silverman

Please join us on March 18-19, 2020 for an important and lively conversation with some leading scholars of puritanism and Native American history. All events will be held at the Congregational Library and Archives in our newly renovated quarters.

Wednesday March 18, 2020

4:00pm: Keynote address and reception

Francis Bremer, “Contested Memories: Reassessing the Cultures that Shaped Early New England"

Thursday, March 19, 2020


News & Highlights

It is a new year for the staff of the Congregational Library & Archives! And with the new year comes new resolutions.

We are excited to announce the arrival of newly digitized documents in our New England's Hidden Histories program, brought to you in partnership with the historic

These new collections in our New England's Hidden Histories program are provided in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

The latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program come from our project partners, the New England Historic Genealogical Society.


Monday through Friday
9am - 5pm* and by appointment.

The Library will be closed on President's Day - Monday, February 17

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to renovation work, we will be closed to patrons from Tuesday, January 21 to Tuesday, February 18. 

Phone: 617-523-0470 ext. 102