Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Research Guide - Congregational Library

Congregational Library
14 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

The library, archives and reading room are open Monday to Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm, with the exception of holidays. Archival material will not be retrieved after 4:00 pm.

The archives collects material that documents the Congregational, Congregational Christian, Christian and United Church of Christ tradition throughout the world. There are approximately 900 separate archival and manuscript collections totaling over 1200 linear feet.

The collection is extremely rich in New England history, due to the early influence of Congregationalism in the region.

Other collection strengths include:
  • New England local church records
  • American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions records
  • Missionary and charitable associations records
  • Manuscript sermons from the seventeenth to twentieth-century
Type of Materials
Although the collection primarily consists of textual information, there is some audio-visual and audio material. In some cases, the archive has a microfilm of the original records.

Use their Web site to plan your work:

Home Page -
Archives Overview -
Church Records Collection: listings and descriptions (extensive) -