Research & Reference Services
Please note: The fourth-floor Research Room will be closed to visitors from Tuesday, January 31 through Monday, May 22. To reach us, call 617-450-7218, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the Ask a researcher page any time.
Research & Reference Services provides access to original materials that 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, audiovisuals, and other materials available for in-depth research.
The Research & Reference staff welcome your questions about Mary Baker Eddy and the history of the Christian Science movement. We will also be happy to answer questions about your visit to the Library. Depending on the question, a response may be given immediately; in other instances, additional time may be required. Due to the heavy volume of inquiries, it may take up to 6 weeks to respond to a question. There is no charge for this service beyond copy costs, if applicable.
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Mary Baker Eddy papers project
The Research Room is located on the 4th floor of the Library and is open to the public. Our onsite resources include access to original historical materials and digital content relating to Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science.
Catalog and finding aids
- Search our online catalog for books, DVDs, CDs, and more.
- Use the Library’s finding aids to research specific collections.
- Access a variety of online databases to read articles and other materials.
Selected letters by Mary Baker Eddy from the Library’s collection are available for purchase. They shed light on Eddy’s own spiritual growth, her loving care and counsel to students, as well as her spiritual insights and healing ideas.