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The Library archives contain original materials that richly document the life of Mary Baker Eddy and the church she founded. The collections are central to the Library’s mission and include letters, manuscripts, organizational records, photographs, artifacts, books, periodicals, and other materials available for in-depth research.

Research & Reference Services is located on the 4th floor of the Library, and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and every First Saturday of the month. Please note that researchers are asked to fill out a Research Application form upon arrival.

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History Blog & Research

Why does the Order of Service for Christian Science Thanksgiving services specify "Testimonies by Christian Scientists, appropriate for the occasion"?

An answer to why testimonies for the Thanksgiving service specify "by members of the congregation."

Why did Mary Baker Eddy ask the members of her Church to pray for a peaceful resolution to the Russo-Japanese War?

While we don’t have a definitive answer from Eddy herself, we can provide some context. Her request is dated June 13, 1905.

When did the profession of Christian Science practitioner begin?

Those engaged in the full-time practice of Christian Science healing can be found in the first issue of the Journal in 1883. However, even before then, in 1877...

"A Faithful Likeness”: Alice Barbour’s portrait of Mary Baker Eddy

Learn about portrait artist Alice Barbour's iconic portrait of Mary Baker Eddy, completed in late 1910.

Audiocast: "We Gather Together"—Mary Baker Eddy and the Evolution of the Holidays in American Culture.

This program explored ways that Mary Baker Eddy's views and practices relate to the unfolding story of how culture, commerce, religion, and tradition intersect during the holiday season.

Does Mary Baker Eddy ever make a statement comparing personal and impersonal love?

This statement appears in the reminiscence of Emma Shipman...

Did Mary Baker Eddy free her first husband's slaves?

This is a difficult question to answer...

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