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PW-259029-18

American Congregational Association (Boston, MA 02108-3704)
Margaret L. Bendroth (Project Director: July 2017 to October 2019)
James F. Cooper (Project Director: October 2019 to present)
New England's Hidden Histories: Providing Access to Founding Documents of American Democracy

The addition of at least 18,000 pages, finding aids, and select transcriptions to the New England’s Hidden Histories collection of early New England church records.

New England's Hidden Histories is a program, sponsored by the Congregational Library and Archives, to collect and display on its website all extant seventeenth- and eighteenth-century church records of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Maine as well as supporting ecclesiastical papers—diaries, synod records, sermons, etc. We propose to continue and expand ongoing efforts (funded by NEH in 2015) to create a minimum of 18,000 new digital scans over the course of three years, along with finding aids and other tools (including transcriptions). We intend to expand our geographic scope to regions, like Maine, that are historically under-documented, and to strategically extend partnerships with like-minded institutions that embrace our mission and are eager to do their part to move it forward.

Project fields:
History of Religion; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$308,000 (approved)
$308,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2021


PW-228188-15

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

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 11/30/2018