Sturgis Library’s archives contain some notable church and Bible records, as well as an extensive collection of historic 18th and 19th century sermons.
- The 1605 Bible belonging to Reverend John Lothrop is on display in the Lothrop Room, and shows the pages that were burned by a candle and repaired by Lothrop.
- The Library also owns a book of religious tracts or treatises, published in 1644 and owned by Rebekah Lothrop, Rev. John’s granddaughter. It is housed in the archives and can be requested for viewing.
- Many church histories and sermons can be found in the Lothrop Collection, housed in the Hooper Room, in the 200s section.
The following church and Bible collections can be found in the Sturgis Library Archives:
- MS. 1: Kittredge Collection – Kittredge Family Bible
- MS. 20: William Sturgis Family Papers – Judge John Davis Bible
- MS. 37: Diary of an Evangelical Minister
- MS. 106: Family Bible Collection
- MS. 110: Records of the Unitarian Church of Barnstable
- The Unitarian Church in its earliest days was known as the Eat Parish Church and was Congregational. The 18th century records from this collection have been digitized and are available for viewing on the Congreational Library’s website at https://congregationallibrary.quartexcollections.com/manuscript-collections/browse-the-east-parish-church-records-in-barnstable-massachusetts
- MS. 115: Church and Sermon Records