Joanna joined the Library's development team in 2015. She brings diverse experience in fundraising and communications from domestic and international nonprofit organizations. Joanna received her BA in Political Science from Beloit College.
Peggy has served as Executive Director for the Congregational Library since August 2004. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in history from the Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of several books, including Fundamentalism and Gender, 1875 to the Present (Yale 1993) and Fundamentalists and the City: Conflict and Division in Boston's Churches, 1885 to 1950 (Oxford 2005), and A School of the Church: Andover Newton Across Two Centuries (Eerdmans 2008). Peggy has edited several other volumes, including Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism (Illinois 2002). Her most recent book The Spiritual Practice of Remembering (Eerdmans 2013) summons readers to remember and honor the past. She currently serves as President of the American Society of Church History.
Tom brings a wealth of experience and leadership in corporate libraries and library-related professional organizations to the Library & Archives. Starting as a newspaper librarian, he established himself in the Greater Boston community with his work in corporate libraries. Tom has led projects in library automation, in-depth research, digital conversion, collection development, social media and strategic planning. He has been recognized for his service by Simmons College, as well as the Boston Special Libraries Association, where he continues to serve in key leadership roles.
Tom holds Masters of Library Sciences from Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science and a BA from Tufts University.
James F. Cooper
New England's Hidden Histories Director
Jeff Cooper serves as Director of New England's Hidden Histories. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and taught in the Department of History at Oklahoma State University. Before becoming Director, Jeff worked for many summers with the Library & Archives, helping to build the manuscript church records collection. He is the author of Tenacious of Their Liberties: The Congregationalists in Colonial America (Oxford, 1999) and has edited, with Kenneth P. Minkema, The Sermon Notebook of Samuel Parris, 1689–1694 (1993), and a volume of church records from Reading and Rumney-Marsh, Massachusetts (2006). His most recent article "Cuffee's 'Relation': a Faithful Slave Speaks through the Project for the Preservation of Congregational Church Records", can be found in the New England Quarterly (June 2013).
Digital Projects Specialist / Webmaster
Robin has worked at the library since 2002, after graduating with a degree in Classics from Boston University. She has taken on many responsibilities over the years, including circulation, reference, the organization and cataloging of the library's many periodicals, and coordinating an overhaul of the physical collection. She is now serving as webmaster and overseeing the library's growing digital program.
Director of Development
With a background in education and non-profits Cary joined the library to create and execute a sustainable plan for advancement. Cary holds a BA from the University of Connecticut and earned an MBA from Simmons School of Management. She has served on several non-profit boards and is currently active on advisory boards. Cary enjoys working with the library staff and ACA Board to promote the story of the library and its treasures, as well as our historically significant building, Congregational House. She is also a practicing artist exhibiting work in Boston and Arizona.
Sari's responsibilities include the digitization of the image collection, processing and organizing collections, and creating metadata and finding aids. She is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and the Archives program at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her previous experience in archives includes assisting in the organization of the archives of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC).
Associate Librarian for Cataloging and Reference
Steven first joined the library in 2011 as a student intern and became a permanent member of the staff in 2012. In his current role as Associate Librarian for Cataloging and Reference, his primary responsibilities include cataloging, collection maintenance, and reference. Steven is a graduate of St. Michael's College of Colchester, VT and received his MSLIS from Simmons College, School of Information and Library Science.
Cristina's previous experience includes positions at the Property Information Resource Center at Harvard, as well as the Boston Preservation Alliance, The Northeast Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Park Service. Her undergraduate degree is from Smith College and Cristina received a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, as well as a Dual Masters in U.S. History and Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She will use her skills in all phases of archival work including processing, preserving records, creating finding aids, and providing reference assistance to those using the collections.
Archivist and Records Manager
Jessica has served as the Archivist for the Congregational Library since April of 2000. She received her B.A. in history from Ohio University in 1997 and her MSLS with an archive concentration from Simmons in 1998. She is focused on improving access to the wide variety of manuscript material and offers seminars to churches on how to care for their records. She is always interested in providing educational opportunities within the Congregational Library community and the greater New England region. She has been deeply involved with the New England Archivists and has served on the board and a number of committees over the years.