Congregational Library & Archives

Congregational Library & Archives Founded in 1853, the Congregational Library & Archives holds over 250,000 items documenting the history of one of the nation's oldest and most influential

05/18/2019

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Attention Hamilton Fans! Our library assistant, Brittnee Worthy, came across something while cataloging that may peak yo...
05/10/2019

Attention Hamilton Fans! Our library assistant, Brittnee Worthy, came across something while cataloging that may peak your interest!

This pamphlet “A View of the Controversy between Great-Britain and her Colonies: Including a Mode of Determining their Present Disputes, Finally and Effectually; and of Preventing All Future Contentions.” By A.W. Farmer (aka Samuel Seabury) was the pamphlet, which inspired Alexander Hamilton’s “The Farmer Refuted”, the final word in the on-going pamphlet war between the two, before Seabury was arrested and briefly imprisoned by Patriots in 1775.

This pamphlet, and the entire exchange, was the inspiration for the “Farmer Refuted” song in the Hamilton musical. “Free Thoughts, etc.” is referenced directly in the lyrics and appears in the advertisements at the back of this pamphlet.

We think this centaur *is* pretty fabulous, even if the author disagrees..From The Centaur not Fabulous in 6 Letters to ...
05/03/2019

We think this centaur *is* pretty fabulous, even if the author disagrees.
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From The Centaur not Fabulous in 6 Letters to a Friend on the Life in Vogue by Edward Young. London: printed for A. Millard in the Strand and R. & J. Dodsley in Pallmall, 1755.
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Our friends at Old South are celebrating their 350th Anniversary in style this year. One of their Anniversary events fea...
04/23/2019

Our friends at Old South are celebrating their 350th Anniversary in style this year. One of their Anniversary events features our board member Dr. Francis Bremer. For more information, visit https://www.oldsouth.org/ or at their page Old South Church in Boston.

04/21/2019

Happy Easter!

04/17/2019

Check your inbox tomorrow to find your copy of our monthly newsletter!

04/11/2019

Welcome to CLA's History Matters lecture with David Powers!

Hope the weekend brings you a critical smile!.This image from the 1913 American Board for Commissioners of Foreign Missi...
03/22/2019

Hope the weekend brings you a critical smile!
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This image from the 1913 American Board for Commissioners of Foreign Missions Almanac of Missions which contained many early reprinted photographs from mission sites.
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03/21/2019

Welcome to CLA's History Matters program featuring Michelle Coughlin's Lecture- Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope Pelham Winslow

Which sea-fearing pet is best? A serious question which demands serious answers.A Seaman's Friend Society tract discusse...
03/14/2019

Which sea-fearing pet is best? A serious question which demands serious answers.
A Seaman's Friend Society tract discusses this important issue. Contenders range from the traditional parrot to the unusual bear who contributes by climbing the rigging. We support this dapper war dog, seated on top of the gun of a naval ship.
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Boston Seaman's Friend Society. Sailor's Pets at Sea. 1904.
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Happy Read Across America Day! Diving into a book can reduce your stress levels by 68%! Reading regularly has also been ...
03/02/2019

Happy Read Across America Day! Diving into a book can reduce your stress levels by 68%! Reading regularly has also been shown to help sharpen your mind and fend off dementia! Let us know how the CLA can help you find your next book!

02/25/2019

Welcome to CLA's History Matters: Who Are You, Phillis Wheatley? Lecture with Historian Richard Kigel

In honor of Presidents' Day, the Congregational Library & Archives will be closed on Monday, February 18th.
02/15/2019

In honor of Presidents' Day, the Congregational Library & Archives will be closed on Monday, February 18th.

Happy St. Valentine's Day! We love our Facebook Followers! Share the love and ask a friend to follow us too!
02/14/2019

Happy St. Valentine's Day! We love our Facebook Followers! Share the love and ask a friend to follow us too!

01/24/2019

Heather Curtis Live from the Congregational Library and Archives

01/18/2019

In honor of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Congregational Library & Archives will be closed on Monday, January 21st.

Wishing Everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year! Make sure to come visit us in 2019!
12/31/2018

Wishing Everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year! Make sure to come visit us in 2019!

Merry Christmas from the Congregational Library & Archives!
12/25/2018

Merry Christmas from the Congregational Library & Archives!

The Library will be closed Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st for the holidays. Please join us when we r...
12/21/2018

The Library will be closed Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st for the holidays. Please join us when we reopen Wednesday, January 2nd at 9am. Happy Holidays!

New NEHH Materials - Natick, Mass. First Congregational ChurchThis new digital accrual has allowed us to feature later r...
12/05/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

New NEHH Materials - Natick, Mass. First Congregational Church

This new digital accrual has allowed us to feature later records of the church and associated documents including eighteenth-century sermons and correspondence.

http://www.congregationallibrary.org/blog/201811/new-nehh-material-updated-natick-first-records

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 First Church in Natick. Materials digitized while on loan from the church have been added to our existing Natick First collection page, w...

New NEHH material - Massachusetts ministers' sermonscourtesy of our project partners at the New England Historic Genealo...
11/15/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

New NEHH material - Massachusetts ministers' sermons

courtesy of our project partners at the New England Historic Genealogical Society

http://www.congregationallibrary.org/blog/201811/new-nehh-material-eells-hooker-parsons-white

These new collections in our New England's Hidden Histories program are provided in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society. They comprise notes for eighteenth-century sermons preached by four New England Congregationalist ministers, all of whom originally hailed from Massachu...

New Hidden Histories material - papers of prominent Massachusetts familiesfeaturing collections from our project partner...
11/08/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

New Hidden Histories material - papers of prominent Massachusetts families

featuring collections from our project partners at the New England Historic Genealogical Society

http://www.congregationallibrary.org/blog/201811/new-nehh-material-ivoryhovey-wigglesworthfamily

The latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program come from our project partners, the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The collections comprise papers from two prominent Massachusetts families, the Hoveys and the Wigglesworths. Cumulatively they span a broad timeframe, fro...

New NEHH collections - notes on sermons preached in Bostoncourtesy of our project partners at the New England Historic G...
11/01/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

New NEHH collections - notes on sermons preached in Boston

courtesy of our project partners at the New England Historic Genealogical Society

http://www.congregationallibrary.org/blog/201811/new-nehh-collections-boston-sermon-notes

These new additions to our New England Hidden Histories program are provided in partnership withthe New England Historic Genealogical Society. They consist of extensive notes on sermons heard by three lay individuals living in Boston in the 17th and 18th centuries. Two of the authors are identified....

New Hidden Histories collections - diaries of Mass. Congregationalistsfeaturing materials from our project partners at t...
10/18/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

New Hidden Histories collections - diaries of Mass. Congregationalists

featuring materials from our project partners at the New England Historic Genealogical Society

http://www.congregationallibrary.org/blog/201810/new-nehh-collections-thomasjosselyn-ebenzerstorer-stephenwilliams

These latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program come from our project partners, the New England Historic Genealogical Society. They constitute three eighteenth-century diaries composed by Massachusetts residents, all of whom were actively engaged in their local Congregational pa...

New Hidden Histories collections - legal and witchcraft casescourtesy of our project partners at the New England Histori...
10/10/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

New Hidden Histories collections - legal and witchcraft cases

courtesy of our project partners at the New England Historic Genealogical Society

These two dramatic additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program come from our project partners, the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The collections relate to judicial cases which were played out within the ecclesiastical framework of the Colonial era, before the separation of C...

New NEHH material - churches of inland Mass.featuring collections from our project partners at New England Historic Gene...
10/03/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

New NEHH material - churches of inland Mass.

featuring collections from our project partners at 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. This material relates to the Massachusetts parishes of West Stockbridge and Boylston (formerly part of Shrewsbury), and consists of church record books an...

Check out our latest blog post commemorating the Reverend Robert Wood's life
10/02/2018
Beacon Street Diary | Congregational Library & Archives

Check out our latest blog post commemorating the Reverend Robert Wood's life

For those new to his story, Rev. Robert Watson Wood was born May 21, 1923 and is known among the LGBTQ community for his steadfast dedication to civil rights. That journey started with his book, Christ and the Homosexual, published in 1960 under his own name as an ordained United Church of Christ mi...

New Hidden Histories collections - ministers of the Great Awakeningfeaturing materials from our project partners at New ...
09/27/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

New Hidden Histories collections - ministers of the Great Awakening

featuring materials from our project partners at New England Historic Genealogical Society.

http://www.congregationallibrary.org/blog/201809/new-nehh-collections-jonathanparsons-williamrand

These two new collections in our New England's Hidden Histories program are provided in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Rev. Jonathan Parsons and Rev. William Rand were both Congregationalist ministers in Massachusetts, but the two men held very different opinions of....

New Hidden Histories collections - Churches of the Massachusetts coastfeaturing materials from our project partners at N...
09/18/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

New Hidden Histories collections - Churches of the Massachusetts coast

featuring materials from our project partners at New England Historic Genealogical Society.

http://www.congregationallibrary.org/blog/201809/new-nehh-collections-sandwich-hull-newburythird

These latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program come from our project partners at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. They include record books and associated material for three coastal churches founded in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries: Sandwich....

07/03/2018

The Congregational Library & Archives will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

All of our online resources will be available as usual. If you have questions for the staff, please send an email or leave a voicemail, and we'll get back to you when we return to the office on Thursday.

We hope you have a safe and happy celebration.

New Hidden Histories collections - pastors' papers from the North Shore
06/22/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

New Hidden Histories collections - pastors' papers from the North Shore

This newest batch of digitized material from our New England's Hidden Histories program is once again provided in partnership with the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum. It primarily includes the sermons of four ministers from northeastern Massachusetts — Revs. Edward Barnard, Dudley Le...

Our Executive Director, Margaret Bendroth, has an op-ed in today's New York Times; check it out!
06/21/2018
Opinion | Could Southern Baptists Actually Become Feminists?

Our Executive Director, Margaret Bendroth, has an op-ed in today's New York Times; check it out!

The religious institution made history silencing Paige Patterson — but it has been good at evading change, especially in regard to women.

Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives
06/12/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

Our New England's Hidden Histories program continues to grow, with the latest collections provided in partnership with the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum. They encompass records from four historical area Congregational churches: Newbury Second, Salem First, Boxford First, and Topsfield...

Our librarian Sara Trotta was interviewed by Nate Pedersen for Fine Books Magazine's Bright Young Librarian series; chec...
06/06/2018
Bright Young Librarians: Sara Trotta - The Fine Books Blog

Our librarian Sara Trotta was interviewed by Nate Pedersen for Fine Books Magazine's Bright Young Librarian series; check it out!

Our Bright Young Librarians series continues today with Sara Trotta, librarian at the Congregational Library and Archives.

05/25/2018

Please note --

The Congregational Library & Archives will be closed on Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.

All of our online resources will be available as usual. If you have questions for the staff, please send an email or leave a voicemail, and we'll get back to you when we return to the office on Tuesday.

New Hidden Histories material - John Cleaveland collections
05/21/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

New Hidden Histories material - John Cleaveland collections

These latest additions to the New England's Hidden Histories program again come from our project partners, the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum. The two collections constitute a treasure trove of documents relating to a single individual, Rev. John Cleaveland, who lived from 1722-1799 an...

New NEHH collection - Westborough Church of Christ
05/16/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

New NEHH collection - Westborough Church of Christ

This new collection in our New England's Hidden Histories program comes from the Church of Christ in Westborough, Mass. These earliest records begin with the founding of the church in 1724 under Rev. Ebenezer Parkman, and chronicle the congregation's growth through 1787. During the First Great Awake...

Latest Hidden Histories collections - Two diaries (and a highway assault!)
05/14/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

Latest Hidden Histories collections - Two diaries (and a highway assault!)

More digital content is now on offer via New England's Hidden Histories program, in collaboration with the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum. These new collections include two personal diaries from the early 1700s, one belonging to a celebrated Salem minister, the other to an ordinary cit...

New NEHH collections - Salem ministers' personal papers
05/10/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

New NEHH collections - Salem ministers' personal papers

These latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program come from our project partners, the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum. Both collections comprise the personal papers of two prominent Salem ministers, Rev. George Curwen and Rev. Samuel Fisk. The two men served consecuti...

05/03/2018

Please note --

Our reading room will be closed to the public on Friday, May 4th from noon to the end of business. The staff will be doing some reorganizing of our stacks, and don't wish to disrupt any researchers with the noise.

All of our online resources will be available as usual. If you have questions that require staff assistance, please send an email or leave a voicemail, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Check out our new blog post on George Whitefield and the Discover DeCrypt project!
05/03/2018
Beacon Street Diary blog | Congregational Library & Archives

Check out our new blog post on George Whitefield and the Discover DeCrypt project!

Last fall we met Mark Jones and Richard Atkins, who came to the Library from Gloucester. They were, like George before them, traveling up and down the East Coast, tracing Whitefield’s career for a BBC radio program. What was the connection with the Congregational Library? Rev. Whitefield was not, ...

Our friend Doug Winiarski, author of Darkness Falls on the Land of Light and winner of the 2018 Bancroft Prize, wrote on...
04/30/2018
Digital New Lights 2: New England’s Hidden Histories

Our friend Doug Winiarski, author of Darkness Falls on the Land of Light and winner of the 2018 Bancroft Prize, wrote on our program New England's Hidden Histories on his blog; check it out!

Historians of religion in early America ought to be shouting “Huzzah!” for the Congregational Library these days. Since 2011, Jeff Cooper and a team of scholars at this important research archive on Boston’s Beacon Hill have been gathering at-risk Congregational church records from basements, ...

04/25/2018
Paving the Way for Pluralism: Mainline Protestant Responses to Immigration During the Twentieth Century

Immigrants and refugees over the last century contributed significantly to U.S. culture, helping challenge the Anglo-Protestant norms that dominated American society for most of the nation’s history. An important part of this history is the response of white mainline Protestants. Through their home mission programs and political activism, mainline Protestants began gradually tolerating the cultural diversity of immigrants, refugees, and ethnic Americans, while still hoping to maintain the nation’s Protestant identity. On the political scene, liberal Protestant leaders advocated immigration reform and challenged the restrictive and racist policies in place since 1924. Such hopes for reform were realized in 1965 when the national origins system was overturned, allowing for increasing immigration from Asia and Latin America. This change in policy, however, would have unintended consequences, for it would soon sponsor a more robust pluralism that would eclipse the social dominance of white Protestants.

About the Speaker:

Nick Pruitt is a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Eastern Nazarene College. He completed a BA in History at Wayland Baptist University, an MA in Church-State Studies at Baylor University, and a Ph.D. in History also at Baylor. His research interests are primarily in the history of American religion and culture. He is the author of an essay on the role of religion in the novels of Eudora Welty published in Southern Quarterly and the editor of a collection of essays on Texas Baptists during the Civil War under contract with Louisiana State University Press.

Address

14 Beacon St Ste 206
Boston, MA
02108

We are easily accessible by public transportation and encourage visitors to use the MBTA. The nearest subway stop is Park Street Station, at the intersection of the Red Line and Green Line. Upon exiting Park Street Station, turn left and walk up Park Street, toward the Massachusetts State House. Turn right on Beacon Street. The library is located on the second floor of 14 Beacon Street. It is less than a five-minute walk from the Park Street station.

General information

The Congregational Library & Archives is an independent special collections library and archives located on the second floor of the Congregational House at 14 Beacon Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. The Library was founded in 1853 by a gathering of Congregational ministers and has since evolved into a professional library and archives that holds more than 250,000 items, predominantly focused on 18th to 21st century American Congregational history. The Library's reading room is free and open to the public for research but the Library's stacks are closed and book borrowing privileges are extended exclusively to members. The Library welcomes visitors and researchers of all backgrounds and experience level, from folks with a passing interest in history to family genealogists to scholars utilizing our collection for a thesis. If you have any questions, please send a message via Facebook or an email to [email protected] and a member of our team will respond to you as soon as possible. Please visit our website If you would like to browse our online catalog, become a member, or learn more about our New England's Hidden Histories program.

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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