Research & Reference

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.

Visit the Finding Aids page for further information on the Library’s collections of original historical materials related to Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science. For more information on how to best access and utilize those collections, please Plan Your Visit.

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Displaying the American Flag in The Mother Church

There is only one instance in which an American flag has been displayed in The Mother Church. This was on a Sunday in June 1908.

What is the History of Announcing Bible Verses for each Section of the Christian Science Bible Lesson?

The original directive for announcing books of the Bible in church services comes from an article titled "Church and School." This article was first published in the April 1895 issue of The Christian Science Journal.

The Background to the Platform of Christian Science

The platform of Christian Science is found on pages 330-340 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and forms the basis for Normal class instruction—the course taught to train teachers of Christian Science.

What is the “Tyrannical Law” Referred to on Page 161, Lines 11-23, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures"?

What is the "tyrannical law" referred to on page 161, lines 11-23, in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures?

What is the Historical Background of "The People’s Idea of God" by Mary Baker Eddy?

The People’s Idea of God began as a sermon preached by Eddy at the Hawthorne Rooms in Boston.

The Question of “an exceptionally good investment”: Mary Baker Eddy and the Glover Gold Mining Company

Mary Baker Eddy’s only child was her son George W. Glover II (1844-1915), born a few months after the death of her first husband. Like many single mothers of her day, she did not possess the financial means to raise the boy, and before his seventh birthday the two were separated.

Calvin Frye's Autoharp

Calvin Frye worked for Mary Baker Eddy longer than anyone else, as both a secretary and bookkeeper. His service from 1882 to 1910 (with only one day of vacation!) is an incredible testament to his devotion to both Eddy and Christian Science, and to her appreciation of his talents.