New England's Hidden Histories

Congregational church records are an unparalleled source of information about the religious activities of the early colonists, and about many other aspects of early American life. The Congregational Library and Archives, in partnership with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale is currently preserving these records and making them available to the public.

Transcribe an 18th-Century Document

News & Highlights

As an institution founded to preserve, celebrate, and advance the history and practice of Congregationalism, the Congregational Library and Archives (CLA) affirms a Christian tradition that has, for hundreds of years, taken a stand against the immorality of racism in this country.  In our collect

Appologies for the late February update. A lot happened at the beginning of the month which pushed back the completion of this post until now. First among them were the near completion of renovations, which took a lot of staff time as they began to reorganize new and old spaces.

This spring marks an end and a beginning. Dr. Margaret Bendroth, who has served as executive director of the CLA since 2004, will retire and Dr. Stephen Butler Murray will come in to lead the organization into its future.


Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the Congregational Library & Archives will be closed to the public until further notice. During this time, we will be available via email or by leaving a phone message (see below)

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