Congregational Library & Archives

Congregational Library & Archives Founded in 1853. A public research library and archives preserving the history of Congregationalism.
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New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC) fellowship applications are due on February 1st, and we're looking fo...
01/05/2024

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC) fellowship applications are due on February 1st, and we're looking forward to learning about a new group of fascinating projects related to our collections.

Have you started your application yet? Learn more on our website: https://buff.ly/3ZAnOh6

All of us at the Congregational Library & Archives wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year!
01/01/2024

All of us at the Congregational Library & Archives wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from all of us at 14 Beacon! 🎄
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from all of us at 14 Beacon! 🎄

12/15/2023

“It's impossible to tell the story of the Revolution without thinking about the religious motivation of these congregations of New England, each of them seeing itself as a self-governing entity. . . . This is why they are Congregationalists.”

To celebrate the Boston Tea Party’s 250th anniversary tomorrow, you can now watch our recent program featuring Dr. Robert Allison discussing Congregationalism’s impact on the events leading up to the American Revolution on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/SiPQEdkEJ2U

Want to hear more about our New England's Hidden Histories project? Then don't miss this video of NEHH Project Director,...
12/13/2023

Want to hear more about our New England's Hidden Histories project?

Then don't miss this video of NEHH Project Director, Dr. Tricia Peone speaking about the project and sharing a few of the new stories being uncovered from these records at this year's History Camp: https://historycamp.org/tricia-peone-exploring-new-englands-hidden-histories/

Tricia Peone Exploring New England’s Hidden Histories What can church records tell us about the everyday lives of early New Englanders? A surprising number of stories of love, loss, heartbreak, and revolution! New England’s Hidden Histories is a digital project of the Congregational Library & Ar...

We're thrilled to be partnering with GEMMS - Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons as a host site for this conferen...
12/12/2023

We're thrilled to be partnering with GEMMS - Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons as a host site for this conference in October 2024.

They are accepting paper proposals until January 1, 2024, and you can find more details on their website at https://gemmsproject.blogspot.com/2023/10/call-for-papers-preachers-hearers.html

We are thrilled to announce the call for papers for our conference "Preachers, Hearers, Readers and Scribes: New Approaches to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons" that will take place in October 2024 in Cambridge & Boston, MA!

We are excited to be hosting the conference with Harvard Divinity School and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston. We also have some wonderful plenary speakers lined up: Dr. Francis J. Bremer, Dr. David Hall, and Professor Ann Laura Hughes.

Please share widely!

Deadline for proposals is 1 January 2024.

For details, see: https://gemmsproject.blogspot.com/2023/10/call-for-papers-preachers-hearers.html

Applications for our 2024-2025 Research Fellowships are now open, and we'd love to have you join us to work with our col...
12/08/2023

Applications for our 2024-2025 Research Fellowships are now open, and we'd love to have you join us to work with our collections at 14 Beacon.

Learn more about these opportunities and begin your application via our website at https://buff.ly/3ZAnOh6

12/07/2023

The Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC) celebrated their 75th anniversary this year, but how much do you know about their rich history? Let Rev. Dr. Ron Hamilton give you a 90 second introduction.

And learn much more about the history and future of the CCCC in the full video from our recent virtual program, “Modern Day Pilgrims,” celebrating 75 years since the founding of the conference, now available on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/UYUF-yUjGqI

11/30/2023

What does it mean to consider Phillis Wheatley within the Black Congregational Calvinist tradition? Hear Steven Harris discuss how his work on that question has changed over time in this short clip.

And watch the full video of our virtual program honoring the 250th anniversary of the publication of Phillis Wheatley Peters’ “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral” now available on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/-4kOH05RSAY

After transcribing thousands of pages of Congregational church records, Dr. Lori Rogers-Stokes knows the incredible valu...
11/28/2023

After transcribing thousands of pages of Congregational church records, Dr. Lori Rogers-Stokes knows the incredible value of the Congregational Library & Archives’ collections: “These church records are the single greatest untapped primary resource in American history. My deep engagement with the records of so many towns over so many centuries enables me to challenge some well-established ideas about religion and society,” and have “revolutionized my scholarly understanding of the puritans.”

Support the Congregational Library & Archives’ work to preserve and promote these valuable historical records that help to tell the Congregational story through a donation today at https://buff.ly/3GkOutz

As Rev. Dr. Kazimierz Bem will tell you, materials at the CLA hold the history of more than just New England: “From stum...
11/28/2023

As Rev. Dr. Kazimierz Bem will tell you, materials at the CLA hold the history of more than just New England: “From stumbling onto the first Polish woman pastor in history in their reading room, to providing me a research fellowship and guidance with their collection, the CLA has broadened my research and the scope of my book. I cannot imagine it without them and their help. They are as amazing as their collection.”

Help more people like Kaz make discoveries in our reading room by through a Giving Tuesday donation today at https://www.congregationallibrary.org/giving-tuesday-2023

11/28/2023

Why should you support the Congregational Library & Archives this Giving Tuesday? Let Rich Elliott, Chair of our Board of Directors, share a few of the many ways the CLA is making an impact.

Learn more and make your donation today at https://www.congregationallibrary.org/giving-tuesday-2023

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at 14 Beacon!
11/23/2023

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at 14 Beacon!

This semester, we are pleased to have Madison Bellew working with us as an archives intern. Madison is an MLIS student a...
11/17/2023

This semester, we are pleased to have Madison Bellew working with us as an archives intern. Madison is an MLIS student at Simmons University, and after graduation, she hopes to work as an archivist in an academic or research institution, focusing on processing and preserving collections.

During her time at the CLA, Madison is processing two collections: the Boston Congregational Minister's Meeting collection and the Brighton Faneuil Congregational Church collection.

Please join us in welcoming Madison and thanking her for all her hard work!

Learn about the children's book that's been a beloved part of our collections at the Congregational Library & Archives s...
11/16/2023

Learn about the children's book that's been a beloved part of our collections at the Congregational Library & Archives since it was published in 1898!

11/16/2023

What do Congregational church records teach us about New Englanders’ belief in witchcraft and magic after Salem? Get just a taste of Dr. Tricia Peone’s discussion of Satan’s Invisible Agents in this short clip.

And don’t miss the full video of her virtual program, featuring two fascinating cases from New England’s Hidden Histories collections, now available on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/NvvZYLwzhS8

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