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New England Church Records

Call Number: RG 48

Scope and Contents

A small portion of the material is in manuscript form while the majority is printed, including manuals, directories, news bulletins and historical papers. Additional documentation regarding these churches may be available in the Library's cataloged collection.


  • 1640-2012

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.


  1. I. Connecticut Churches
  2. II. Maine Churches
  3. III. Massachusetts Churches
  4. IV. New Hampshire Churches
  5. V. Rhode Island Churches
  6. VI. Vermont Churches

The churches are arranged alphabetically within each state with name changes and other historical data noted when pertinent. The material for each church is arranged chronologically except in a few cases where the quantity of material warranted a more detailed arrangement.


25 Linear Feet (61 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Record Group 48 is an open collection composed of records from individual churches in the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Biographical / Historical

Christians first arrived in the area that would become New England in the early 1600s. The first Christian settlers were predominantly English Puritans, and members of other denominations arrived over the following decades. The churches represented in this collection are predominantly Congregational, with other denominations - including Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Unitarian/Universalist, and others - also represented.

Guide to the New England Church Records
Compiled by Martha Lund Smalley, James M. Starr, and Carl L. Beckwith
1996, 2003, 2013, 2023
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Divinity Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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