Archiving Your Church’s Records

Zachary Bodner and Billy McCarthy

1-2 pm EST

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

Congregational church records provide a window into the history of a community and its many families. Memories of events, outreach programs, community engagement, and more may appear specific to your church and its mission, but when combined with memories from other congregations, these artifacts tell a larger story, not only about your community, but about American society and Congregationalism’s place within it. And while beginning an archival project may seem daunting, preserving these records allows coming generations to know what came before, to appreciate where they are now, and to consider ways to best fulfill your church’s mission in the future.

The CLA’s archivists, Zachary Bodnar and Billy McCarthy, will demystify your church's records and provide advice on ensuring their preservation. Join us as we discuss how to organize church records, overview the basics of an active records management program, and offer some options for their long-term preservation at repositories like the Congregational Library & Archives.

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Zachary Bodnar graduated with a Masters of Library and Information Science from Simmons University, with a concentration in archives management, in 2018. Prior to his work at the CLA, Zachary worked at the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden archive, the Vassar College Special Collections, the Harvard Law School Library, and the Harvard Botany Libraries. Zachary joined the CLA as an Archives Assistant in 2017, helping to prepare materials for digitization through the New England’s Hidden Histories program. In 2018, he took on the title of Archivist. His professional interests include metadata collection and management, digital archiving, audio/visual preservation, and archives management.

Billy McCarthy graduated with a Masters of Library and Information Science at Simmons University with a concentration in Archival Management. Billy started working at the CLA through a graduate internship and was hired full-time as an Archivist in 2018. His work includes processing some of the oldest and more complex collections housed in the archives and also manages reference requests and serves as the archival collections manager. Some of his professional interests include increasing access, collection management, processing of complex materials, and facilitating research.