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Records rescued for the future

We have been awarded a sizeable grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to expand our New England's Hidden Histories program over the next three years.

The New England's Hidden Histories program has been rescuing old records from church attics and basements, and making them widely accessible through preservation and digitization. With a significance that extends well beyond religion, they are of inestimable value to scholars interested in everything from political culture to epidemiology.

While CLA has begun the work of processing, the scope can now be greatly extended. This grant will create a minimum of 18,000 digital scans over three years, along with an online, fully searchable database of digital, transcribed documents. The impact of this project creates a record of life in colonial New England that will be easily accessible to anyone who is interested.

Read the full press release.

The Congregational Library and Archives is grateful to the NEH for its support, and very excited to bring our researchers new and improved resources.