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. To ask a research question online, please do so here. You can call our research line at 617-450-7218. 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 the First Saturday of February, May, August, and November. 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.


A Note About Family History Research

The Mary Baker Eddy Library is not a genealogical library. However, we can respond to some queries using organizational records of the Church of Christ, Scientist, including membership records for individuals who passed away before 1974. Member records typically include only the following information: name; date of admission to membership in The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist; mailing address at time of admission; and, date of decease or withdrawal from membership.  Additional information on members who were practitioners listed in The Christian Science Journal includes dates of Journal-listing.  Please note that member records do not include baptismal, marriage, or other family history information. Contact Research and Reference Services for more information.

History Blog & Research

Webcast: Evolutions of Christian Science in Great Britain

Building on its webcast from September 12, The Mary Baker Eddy Library hosted another discussion inspired by the conference held in Antwerp, Belgium, this past April, on “Evolutions of Christian Science in Scholarly Perspective.”

This latest program focused on the influence of Christian Science in Great Britain in the spheres of modern art and women in politics.

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Behind the Conservation of the Peace Flag

Representative of the hopefulness and enthusiasm that characterized many of the pre-World War I peace movements in America, this item is displayed on the wall on the second floor by our Press Gallery exhibit.

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Webcast: Evolutions of Christian Science in Scholarly Perspective

Listen to an international panel discussion on Christian Science history.*

In late April, scholars from North America and Europe gathered in Antwerp, Belgium, for a conference on “The Evolutions of Christian Science in Scholarly Perspective.” The Library now welcomes three of the major participants for an online discussion about papers given at the conference and the importance of new scholarship about Christian Science.

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