The Archive acquires new material regularly, including records from closing churches and Congregational organizations, and personal papers. For inquiries about donating an archive collection, please contact archivist Jessica Steytler.
The Church of Christ in Hopkinton first gathered on September 2, 1724. The church began with 14 members and by the end of the first ministry, the church had 376 members. The First Parish of Hopkinton was organized in 1827, and The Church of Christ of Hopkinton was incorporated in 1895 and reincorporated in 1928. The church has been through several buildings and many changes over the years, and continues today as Faith Community Church. Included in these records are confessions of faith; church meeting minutes; reports; and lists of marriages, baptisms, deaths, and dismissions.
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The earliest history of the First Church in Pembroke can be traced to the early 18th century. The First Church in Pembroke was organized October 22, 1712 and its first minister, Daniel Lewis, was ordained December 3, 1712. Under Lewis the parish flourished and in 1727 a larger, meeting house was built. The third meeting house was erected by the end of 1837. It continues today as a vibrant congregation. These records document the early history and life of the church, including membership lists, administrative and financial records, and church correspondence.
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One of the latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program contains the earliest surviving records from First Parish Church in Brockton, Mass. This church was founded as the Fourth Church in the North Precinct of Bridgewater, became the First Parish in the new town of North Bridgewater, and then First Church in Brockton when the town changed its name in 1874. It later went on to merge with other local churches to form Christ Church in Brockton. The records contained in the two volumes that have been digitized are from the early years of First Church, and include information about membership, the governance of the church, and the administration of the parish in which it was located.
One of the latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program is the records from the South Parish in Ipswich, Mass. This collection contains the early records of First Congregational Church Stoneham, founded in 1729. Included are church records of meeting minutes, vital statistics, and membership rolls; parish and financial records, including salary and capital expenses; and documents created by ministers who served the church, including commonplace and account books from James Osgood, and sermons from an unnamed minister, most likely John Stevens who served in both Stoneham and Haverhill.
The General Association of Connecticut (now the Connecticut Conference, UCC) was assembled from a number of county-level ministerial associations and church consociations. In partnership with the present conference leadership, we have digitized dozens of volumes of their earliest records. They contain meeting minutes, committee reports, membership lists, rules and recommendations for ordinations of ministers, as well as discussions of various matters of doctrine.
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Rev. Dr. Davida Foy Crabtree is a long-time leader and champion for spirituality, religion, and feminism. She founded the Prudence Crandall Center for Women at Central Connecticut State University, and has served in a number of postitions over her long career. Her work within the United Church of Christ and other institutions has created a rich collection that we are pleased to make available to the public.
As we are transitioning to a new publication system for our finding aids, detailed information about this collection is temporarily only available in PDF format. Basic information can be found the collection's catalog record.