Making Church Records Accessible: Reflections from an Archives Internship

Karen Clausen-Brown
Photo of Karen Clausen-Brown working at the computer in the CLA archives office.

1-2 pm EST


This event will held live on Zoom with an interactive Q&A



When donated records arrive at the Congregational Library & Archives, the work of archival processing begins. In this talk, Dr. Karen Clausen-Brown, an MLIS student at Simmons University, pulls back the curtain on the effort and expertise it takes behind-the-scenes to make a collection publicly available by reflecting on  her experience with processing the Hillsborough, N.H. Hillsborough Center Congregational Society records, 1890-2019, a recent donation to the CLA. She will share what she learned as an intern working under the supervision of Archivist Zachary Bodnar about strategies and best practices for making a church records collection easily accessible to researchers.

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Dr. Karen Clausen-Brown is a student at Simmons University pursuing an MLIS degree with a concentration in Archives Management. Prior to pursuing her degree at Simmons, she earned her B.A. in English, religion, and biblical languages from Walla Walla University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in early modern English literature from the University of Notre Dame. She served as Assistant and then Associate Professor of English at Walla Walla University, teaching courses on writing, medieval and early modern English literature, and religion and literature. Her research focuses on the writings of John Milton, and she has published in Milton Studies, The Seventeenth Century, and Religion and Literature. Once she completes her degree at Simmons, she hopes to work as a librarian or archivist specializing in rare books, manuscripts, and special collections.


This event is co-sponsored by the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science.