The Archive acquires new material regularly, including records from closing churches and Congregational organizations, and personal papers. For inquiries about donating an archive collection, please contact archivist Jessica Steytler.
One of the latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program contains the earliest surviving records from First Parish in Ipswich, Mass. The church was originally formed and built its first meetinghouse in 1634 after the town was incorporated. The three volumes available here include records pertaining to the church and its surrounding parish on subjects such as administrative and financial matters, membership information, and singing as part of worship.
One of the latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program is the records from the South Parish in Ipswich, Mass. The congregation separated from First Church in 1747 and remained its own entity for 175 years until 1922 when the two rejoined. The two volumes contain records concerning both the church and its surrounding parish, including matters of administration, finance, and membership, as well as a brief history of the church.
First Church in Newton, Mass. was originally established as the First Church of Cambridge Village in 1664. The village seceded to become the city of Newton in 1688. The CLA received all of Newton First Church's historical records when the church closed in 1972, but now some of the earliest books in that collection are part of our New England's Hidden Histories program. These two volumes contain the earliest surviving records relating to church administration, membership, and finances.
The South Congregational Church was established in 1868; it was a formalization of what M. C. Andrews and J. B. Fairfield started in 1852 when they established a Sunday School. Over the years, the church went through many changes before closing in February 2015. This collection contains meeting minutes and reports; financials; membership ledgers including births, deaths, and marriages; social and auxiliary groups; newsletters; and orders of worship.
As we are transitioning to a new publication system for our finding aids, detailed information about this collection is temporarily only available in PDF format. Basic information can be found the collection's catalog record.
One of the latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program is a volume spanning more than eighty years of church history from the area that is now North Reading, Mass. The records in this volume were kept by the church's first minister, Rev. Daniel Putnam, and his successor, Rev. Eliab Stone. Included are vital records of membership, baptisms, marriages, and disciplinary matters, as well as meeting minutes and the church's covenants from 1720 and 1781.
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We received all of Northbridge Centre Church's historical records when the church closed in 2011. The first volume of those records is now part of our New England's Hidden Histories program. Dating from when it was called the Congregational Church of Christ, the early records of this church span more than fifty years of church meetings, memberships, baptism and marriage records, and disciplinary matters.
Old South Congregation (originally called the Third Church of Boston) split off from First Church in Boston in 1669, and has become a venerable institution in the city over the ensuing centuries. The CLA has been caring for a portion of Old South's records for many years, but now some of the earliest books in that collection are part of our New England's Hidden Histories program. These nine volumes contain administrative information like church meeting minutes, as well as lists of members, marriages, and baptisms.