Look behind the scenes as we discuss the Library’s oral history project—a diverse and rich collection that expands perspectives on the Christian Science movement. We’ll learn how individual experiences tell larger stories and help fill the gaps in ways that other historical records don’t. We’ll also explore how oral histories are documented.
Steve Graham and Judy Huenneke, managers of the Library’s oral history project, are joined by Rivi Feinsilber, the Library’s Assistant Archivist, who transcribes these recordings.
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Judy Huenneke is the Library’s Senior Research Archivist and co-manages its ongoing oral history project. She graduated from the School of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University. She also completed a second master’s in history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, with a thesis on Louisiana slaveholder, colonizationist, and reformer John McDonogh. Her work currently focuses on researching the history of the Christian Science movement, from its nineteenth-century beginnings to the present day.
Stephen Graham co-manages The Mary Baker Eddy Library’s ongoing oral history project. He has worked for the Library since 2013 and is currently Senior Manager of Programs and Communications. Previously Steve spent over 20 years in editorial and managerial positions at The Christian Science Publishing Society, including work as Managing Editor for the Christian Science religious publications. He was also editor of The Christian Science Monitor’s daily inspirational column for five years.
Rivi Feinsilber is Assistant Archivist in the Library’s Special Collections Department. Transcribing oral histories is part of her work, which also includes but is not limited to processing collections, cleaning up data, writing articles, and fulfilling research requests. She holds a master’s in library science with a concentration in archives management from Simmons University, as well as a master’s in history from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her current research work includes Jewish colonial religious history, with an emphasis in the British North American colonies and the plan to expand to the Caribbean in the same period.