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Reminder - History Matters series: CLA 101

Now is the time to reserve your seat for this month's free lunchtime lecture.

Getting the most from our resources

Are you a genealogist with a Congregational ancestor? A historian interested in a Congregational church's history? A researcher with a burning question about Congregationalism? Have you always wanted to come to the Congregational Library & Archives for research but didn't know where to start?

Join our Digital Archivist Sari Mauro to learn more about the many resources available at the Congregational Library & Archives and how to get started on your research. Sari will cover online and on-site resources, how to begin investigating your topic, how to work with staff to get the most of what we have to offer, and what you can expect once you get here. For novice and experienced researchers alike, this presentation will get you started on the right track at the Congregational Library & Archives.

Sari first joined the CLA in 2011 as a student archives assistant, and became the full-time Digital Archivist in 2013. Sari's responsibilities include the New England's Hidden Histories program, processing and organizing collections, and speaking with churches about the stewardship for their physical and digital records. She is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science where she received her MSLIS in archival management.


Thursday, January 14th
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Register through Eventbrite.


Are there only Mass. records

Are there only Mass. records in the Congregational Library and Archives? 

I am looking for proof that Hooper Warren's parents were Zilpha Hooper and Jabez Warren. Hooper was born in 1790 in Walpole, New Hampshire. Do you have 1790 church records from Walpole?  

It was written in the Illinois Historical Society journal that Hooper Warren printed the first Congregational Hymnal in Illinois, I think, but maybe the first ever. Do you have early hymnals from Illinois? 

Hooper Warren was a printer's apprentice on the Rutland Herald about 1800-1805. Hooper published anti-slavery newspapers in many towns in Illinois. He printed the first libary catalog in Edwardsville, Illinois. 

Thank you for any leads.

Cherie Baudrand

Hi, Cherie.

Hi, Cherie.

If you're looking for information about our holdings, our online catalog is generally the best place to start.

It looks like the First Congregational Church in Walpole is still a very active congregation. Because each Congregational church is responsible for the keeping and care of their own records, they should have any potential membership information about the Warren family. You might also have some luck at local and state historical societies if Hooper was a prominent publisher.

If you have any further questions about your research, feel free to contact our librarian or archivists by phone or email. That will get you an answer much more quickly, since we only check our blog comments a few times per week.

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