Beacon Street Diary blog

Microfilming grants for churches

Do you know where your old records are?

  • Those ledger books and pastors' diaries tell the story of your congregation’s past. If they become lost or damaged, they are gone forever.
  • Old records are also an invaluable historical resource. If they are locked away in a closet, their stories are lost as well.

The Congregational Library is now accepting applications from churches for microfilming grants.

  • We will cover costs of preparation and filming for records dating before 1800.
  • The Library will keep an additional microfilm reel to supplement its collection of Congregational church records. We strongly encourage individual congregations to place old and fragile records on permanent loan in the library archives.

Inquiries about microfilm grants and about permanent loans should be directed to Peggy Bendroth, Executive Director mbendroth@14beacon.org.

Not sure where those old records are or how to find them? The Library also offers seminars and resource materials on records management for local churches. Inquiries about these services should be directed to the Library Archivist, Jessica Steytler jsteytler@14beacon.org.

The Congregational Library
14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

617-523-0470
More information is available on our website