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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.

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.

History blog

What is the history of Christian Science in Nigeria?

This was research question we received. Here's what we found: The first informal group of Christian Scientists was not formed in Nigeria until 1946...

Audiocast: What Has Made "The Christian Science Monitor" Special?

September 6, 2014

From its origins as a local newspaper to its development into a global thought leader — a look at the history and horizons of a unique influence in journalism.

A “regal gift from loyal hearts”

In 1897 a diamond hair ornament, shaped like a crown, was given to Mary Baker Eddy. The ornament contains 12 diamonds, six large pearls, and 39 small pearls set in an 18-karat gold crown, with a band of indigo blue enamel across its middle. Engraved on the back is the inscription “Mother 1897.” The ornament is a “combination pin,” as described by its donor, Amanda Baird — meaning it could be worn as a hair pin or used as a brooch.

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.

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