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American Congregational Association (Boston, MA 02108-3704)
Margaret L. Bendroth (Project Director: July 2014 to June 2019)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 11/30/2018

New England's Hidden Histories: Providing Public Access to the Records of America's First Founders

Creation of an online, searchable database of 18,000 pages of digitized Congregational Church documents and selected transcriptions from colonial times and the early American republic.

New England’s Hidden Histories is a program aimed at providing wide access to some of the most important early American documents, the records maintained by nearly every local church during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The project, which serves both scholars and the general public, is administered by the non-profit Congregational Library in Boston, a historic, 150-year-old institution with a distinguished record of preserving historic records and providing public access to them. This proposal concerns records in the Library's collection, roughly half of which are newly obtained from local churches and never before accessible to researchers. The digital images, with transcriptions, will be available free of charge on the Library's website.