Stephen Butler Murray
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray is Executive Director of the Congregational Library and Archives. In higher education, he served previously as President and Professor of Theology and Preaching at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, and as chaplain and on the faculty at Harvard University, Skidmore College, Endicott College, and Suffolk University. Formerly Executive Minister and Head of Communion of the International Council of Community Churches, he has served as the pastor of American Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Unitarian Universalist, and United Church of Christ congregations in urban, suburban, and rural settings of Massachusetts, Michigan, and New York. Dr. Murray earned the B.A. in philosophy and religion from Bucknell University, the M.B.A. from Endicott College, the M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School, and the M.Phil. and Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. A scholar in the fields of Christian theology, religion and the arts, homiletics, and interfaith dialogue, he has published five books in these fields and was the founding Managing Editor of The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies.
The Center for American Progress named Dr. Murray among “16 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2016.” In 2015, the Metropolitan Christian Council of Detroit-Windsor presented him with the Stewart Kerr Ecumenical Award, and in 2017, the Detroit City Council presented him with a “Spirit of Detroit” Award for his work in religious and spiritual leadership in Detroit. In 2019, Dr. Murray was awarded the Luke Mowbray Ecumenical Award, the highest honor for ecumenical and interfaith ministries awarded by the American Baptist Churches USA. He has served on the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches, the Christian Ethics Commission of the Baptist World Alliance, and the Board of Directors of the Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice at Yale University.
Zachary Bodnar graduated with a B.A. in History and B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College and graduated with a MLIS from Simmons College with a concentration in archives. Zachary first joined the Library as a part-time worker in the spring of 2017 to assist in preparing materials for digitization before taking on the position of processing archivist and then later his current position of Archivist. He is most interested in digital archives and metadata collection and standards. He is excited to help shape the future of the Library’s archival program and be a part of the New England’s Hidden Histories Team.
Tom brings a wealth of experience and leadership in corporate libraries and library-related professional organizations to the Library & Archives. Starting as a newspaper librarian, he established himself in the Greater Boston community with his work in corporate libraries. Tom has led projects in library automation, in-depth research, digital conversion, collection development, social media and strategic planning. He has been recognized for his service by Simmons College, as well as the Boston Special Libraries Association.
Tom holds a Masters of Library Sciences from Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science and a B.A. from Tufts University.
James F. Cooper
New England's Hidden Histories Director
Jeff Cooper serves as Director of New England's Hidden Histories. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and taught in the Department of History at Oklahoma State University. Before becoming Director, Jeff worked for many summers with the Library & Archives, helping to build the manuscript church records collection. He is the author of Tenacious of Their Liberties: The Congregationalists in Colonial America (Oxford, 1999) and has edited, with Kenneth P. Minkema, The Sermon Notebook of Samuel Parris, 1689–1694 (1993), and a volume of church records from Reading and Rumney-Marsh, Massachusetts (2006). His most recent article "Cuffee's 'Relation': a Faithful Slave Speaks through the Project for the Preservation of Congregational Church Records", can be found in the New England Quarterly (June 2013).
William McCarthy IV
Processing and Reference Archivist
William graduated with a B.A. in History from Bridgewater State College and is completing his M.A. in History and a MLIS from Simmons College with a concentration in Archival Management. William first started working here as a Simmons College intern, then was hired on as a part-time processing archivist. He now works full time and has taken on reference duties alongside his work as a processer. His primary focus is on making our collections available and accessible to as many people as possible to promote the pursuit of knowledge.
Assistant Archivist and NEHH Publication
Jules holds advanced degrees in Mediaeval History and Archeology from the Universities of St Andrews and Oxford, UK, and a MLIS from Simmons University in Boston. In 2013 she completed a traineeship in digitization and digital archives with the National Archives UK, and went on to work for 4 years as Digital Access Officer with The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, working mainly with image collections and digital image libraries in a bustling public archive. She came on board with CLA in 2017 as Publication Assistant for New England's Hidden Histories, a role which has expanded to include other archival duties.
With a B.A. from Boston University in English and anthropology, Sara went on to earn her MLIS from Simmons College, Boston, Sara was introduced to the Library & Archives through a graduate internship. Her responsibilities include reference, cataloging, collection maintenance and responding to general inquiries regarding our collections.