Congregational Library & Archives launches new open access digital archive in Quartex, documenting over 200 years of New England history
The Congregational Library & Archives (CLA), based in Boston, MA, has launched its digital archive with 170 collections documenting the history of over 90 communities in colonial and early-American New England.
Many of the documents in the digital archive are being made available to the public for the first time. CLAâ€™s New Englandâ€™s Hidden Histories initiative has uncovered many historical records kept in church attics and basements and made them available through preservation and digitization, as well as producing thousands of pages of transcriptions to make these unique records accessible to a wider audience.
Key to the selection of Quartex was the platform's extensive range of search and discovery capabilities, including customizable controlled vocabularies, faceted searching, dynamic digital exhibits, and the ability to present complex multi-image digital objects.
"CLAâ€™s choice of Quartex was driven by the platformâ€™s ability to completely change and enhance how we provide access to our diverse and important digital content. The digital archive you see today will become a significant resource for scholars, students, genealogists, and anyone interested in the Congregational story. We will continue to use and expand on Quartexâ€™s accessibility, search, and display functionalities as we continue to grow the digital archive and ensure that these important historical records are accessible and available to all."
Zachary Bodnar, Archivist, Congregational Library & Archives
The launch also includes CLAâ€™s first digital exhibit, â€śWe do Give up ourselves to one another,â€ť created using functionality in Quartex that serves as a powerful gateway into the archive, drawing users and patrons further into specific assets and collections. The new exhibit presents compelling historical narratives about church disciplinary cases as well as providing guidance on using and understanding such resources.
"Iâ€™m delighted to be able to congratulate CLA on launching this fantastic new website for scholars of New England and Congregational history. Itâ€™s been a pleasure to work closely with Zachary Bodnar and the CLA team as they have made effective use of many display and discovery features to create their site using Quartex. I look forward to watching the evolution of their digital archive as further resources are added.â€ť
Martin Drewe, Head of Customer Experience, Quartex
About the Congregational Library & Archives
The Congregational Library & Archives is a specialty library located in Boston. It fosters deeper understanding of the spiritual, intellectual, cultural, and civic dimensions of the Congregational story and its ongoing relevance by collecting and sharing materials and by actively engaging with faith communities, scholars, and the general public.
To carry out this mission, CLA preserves and makes available materials pertaining to Congregationalism, the history of which has been interwoven with the development of the United States since the seventeenth century. CLA holds a rich collection of historical materials, which have significance not only for church history but also for social and political history and genealogy. In the last two decades, CLA acquired, digitized, and transcribed early New England records in collaboration with an array of churches, historical societies, universities, and cultural institutions as part of its New Englandâ€™s Hidden Histories initiative.
About Quartex from Adam Matthew Digital
Adam Matthew Digital publishes primary source collections and develops digital archive solutions that help higher education, public library, cultural, and corporate heritage institutions to explore historical information once buried in physical archives. With over 30 yearsâ€™ experience curating and showcasing archival collections, Adam Matthew Digital harnesses the latest technology to build platforms that enrich the study and research of primary sources, whether customers access curated collections or create their own. To help communities and organizations share and celebrate their archival material, Quartex from Adam Matthew Digital provides an intuitive, secure cloud-based platform for easy open access publishing to bring historical documents to life.
Head of Customer Experience