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
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11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from the CLA family to yours! We are so thankful for you!

Curious about the state of our renovation?  Then check out the renovations section on our website for constant updates! ...
10/29/2019

Curious about the state of our renovation? Then check out the renovations section on our website for constant updates! Most recently, construction crews discovered and refurbished some of the original Rock Maple flooring. This beautiful flooring will now be restored for all the hallways in the new office space!

See more in-progress pictures and updates here: http://www.congregationallibrary.org/about/renovation

10/18/2019

Start the weekend with the CLA October Newsletter. Check your inbox to get yours!
Happy Friday!

Packed house today at the CLA for the riveting “My name is Opukahaia”. Make sure to follow and like our page so you are ...
10/09/2019

Packed house today at the CLA for the riveting “My name is Opukahaia”. Make sure to follow and like our page so you are the first to know about exciting future events! #Hawaiianmissionhouses

09/19/2019

YAY! We're reached over 1000 CLA Followers! Thank you for supporting our online community!

09/16/2019

Our September newsletter is now live! Check your inbox for the latest CLA News!

08/15/2019

Check your inbox for our new August Newsletter available now! 🤩

The Library is thrilled to share our special History Matters co-presented Old South Meeting House!  Here's the link to t...
08/14/2019
Interracial But Not Integrated: Colonial Churches | Forum Network

The Library is thrilled to share our special History Matters co-presented Old South Meeting House! Here's the link to the thought provoking lecture by Richard Boles.

A special History Matters co-presented by the Congregational Library & Archives and Old South Meeting House. By attendance at services, being baptized, and taking the Lord’s Supper, numerous Native Americans and mostly-enslaved African Americans participated in a substantial number of New England ...

07/19/2019

Beat the heat and read our new July Newsletter in your inbox now!

The Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th. Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Weekend!
07/03/2019

The Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th. Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Weekend!

The Library's page is just 1 follower away from hitting 1000 followers! Want to help? Please make sure you have...
06/24/2019

The Library's page is just 1 follower away from hitting 1000 followers! Want to help? Please make sure you have liked and are following the CLA page and share with friends!

Excited to have our executive director Peggy Bendroth representing the library today at the 65th Annual Meeting and Conf...
06/24/2019

Excited to have our executive director Peggy Bendroth representing the library today at the 65th Annual Meeting and Conference of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches! Peggy will be presenting a workshop called “Why the Congregational Story Matters”. #nacccamccleveland

06/22/2019

Check your inbox now to find your June Newsletter!

06/16/2019

Happy Father’s Day!

06/13/2019

Check your inbox for a special update about the 2020 Library Renovation!

We are thrilled to announce that the library was just awarded a $200,000 Capital grant from #CulturalFacilities Fund to ...
06/05/2019
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We are thrilled to announce that the library was just awarded a $200,000 Capital grant from #CulturalFacilities Fund to help make the Library’s 2020 Renovation a reality! #PowerofCulture

The 2020 Renovation will help protect the hundreds of years' worth of priceless historical records, documents and artifacts the library is honored to house and allow greater access. The renovation will also create an improved experience for our visitors, staff, and researchers.

To help us continue and expand this important work, please check out our website- http://www.congregationallibrary.org/get-involved/donate.

And a special thanks to Governor @CharlieBaker for supporting the #CulturalFacilities Fund!

Starting in June, the Congregational Library & Archives will be undergoing renovations! While the library will remain open during renovations, we ask researchers to please provide 48 hours notice regarding which materials you're interested in using.

Who's ready to make a splash this week?This delightfully aquatic publisher's binding comes from Japanese Fairy World; st...
06/03/2019

Who's ready to make a splash this week?
This delightfully aquatic publisher's binding comes from Japanese Fairy World; stories from the wonder-lore of Japan by William Elliot Griffis. Illustrated by Ozawa. Schenectady, NY: James H. Barhyte, 1880. 10.9.9
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#librariesofinstagram #specialcollections #rarebooks #bookstagram #instabooks #japan #publishersbinding #fish #bigfish #iglibraries

Ever wonder what a map of New England's Hidden Histories would look like? Well now you don't have to wonder! The CLA's a...
05/28/2019
New England's Hidden Histories - Google My Maps

Ever wonder what a map of New England's Hidden Histories would look like? Well now you don't have to wonder! The CLA's archivist has put together this map of all currently posted NEHH collections in order to provide a better visualization of the geographic reach of the project. Click below to explore the full scope of our digital collections. And with collections from New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, and Connecticut incoming, we are excited to continue expanding the reach of NEHH, and to continue updating this map!

New England's Hidden Histories

05/25/2019

In honor of Memorial Day, the library will be closed Monday, May 27th. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

05/18/2019

Check your inbox now to find your copy of our May newsletter!

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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#librariesofinstagram #specialcollections #rarebooks #bookstagram #instabooks #centaur #illustration #frontispiece #mythology

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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#librariesofinstagram #specialcollections #rarebooks #bookstagram #hippo #fiona #tgif #smile #abcfm #missions #iglibraries

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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#librariesofinstagram #specialcollections #rarebooks #bookstagram #instabooks #dog #dogsofinstagram #fancy #wetnosewednesday #iglibraries

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....

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

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(617) 523-0470

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