We are pleased to announce a new addition to our collection. The records of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference (Christian Church [Denomination]) have been processed and are now available to researchers. These records document four regional conferences of the Christian Church in Indiana from 1857 to 1947.
Since more and more people are requesting their research materials digitally these days, we decided it was time to revise our fees. They are still lower than most similar institutions in the area, but we do need to cover our costs for things like postage, staff time, equipment, and imaging software licenses.
The good news is, we've also built in some discounts for our members and for researchers who request materials that we can add to our digital archive.
If you haven't yet become a member or renewed your membership this year, please consider doing so. Your support allows us to provide the services, resources, and educational events that probably led you to us in the first place, and every little bit helps.
We're happy to announce that we're planning a slew of events for the coming year, from entertaining discussions to educational workshops and more.
First up is the return of our Brown Bag Lunch lecture series. One Wednesday each month, we'll be hosting an informative guest to make your lunchtime a little different. Take a peek at the blurbs on the homepage, or head over to our Program & Workshop Schedule for all the details.
We recently received a small collection of early 20th century records from the Congregational Association of Detroit. It was the predecessor to the current Detroit Metropolitan Association before the Michigan Conference joined the United Church of Christ. The collection primarily consists of meeting minutes from the association's trustees, education committee, and women's groups.
We have very little material from the Michigan Conference, so this collection presents a new opportunity to see what the mid-western Congregationalists were doing, particularly during World War II era.
Over the past few weeks, we've been running a series of posts on our blog to help new users and old pros alike make the most of their research at the Congregational Library. The topics covered are:
If any of these entries sounds useful to you, pop over and take a look.
We are pleased to announce the addition of another collection to our archives. The records of Fourth Congregational Church in Chicago, IL were donated to us by the NACCC in the hopes of creating an historical legacy that would stand witness to the history of this now-small Chicago church.
Fourth Congregational Church traces its roots back to a small Sunday school founded in 1867. This Sunday school gave rise to three churches, which then merged in 1916 to create Fourth Church. The records in this collection document much of the daily life of Fourth Church, with particular attention to the years 1919-1971. Also of note are the records pertaining to the 1925 fire which destroyed the church building, and the subsequent campaign to rebuild.
The application period for our part-time Associate Archivist position is now closed. We will be contacting applicants for interviews soon.
Due to unforeseen (but wonderful) circumstances, we're looking for a new Associate Archivist. Responsibilities include processing manuscript collections, preservation and conservation of archival materials, supervision of interns, and helping to create digital content. If you are or know an archivist in search of new work, take a look at the job description page.
Applications are due by November 14th.
We've added a whole slew of new events to our schedule for the next couple of months, including educational seminars and brown bag lunches, with one or two more to come. Take a look at our Program & Workshop Schedule for more details.
Doing research online just got a little bit easier. The JSTOR digital archive is now providing free access to over 550,000 out-of-copyright journal articles in 220 different journals, including 18 titles in our collections. We have added links to the catalog records for the journals we own, and are considering adding records for a few more that we think would be useful to our researchers.