How did Mary Baker Eddy confront significant geographical, cultural, religious, and educational divides in her relations with cherished family members? Letters and other documents in the Library’s collections provide windows into understanding the concerns Eddy had, for example, for her grandchildren—they lived at a great distance and were, she felt, deprived of good education. Mike Davis, senior research archivist at The Mary Baker Eddy Library, joins the podcast to showcase correspondence revealing what was at stake for Eddy as a mother, a grandmother, and a sister-in-law.

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Mike Davis has worked for over 30 years with the historical collections now housed in The Mary Baker Eddy Library. He holds a master’s in library science from San Jose State University. He has given talks on the history of Christian Science and is the author of several historical articles published in the Christian Science periodicals. His current work is primarily with the Mary Baker Eddy Papers project, annotating Eddy’s correspondence and providing context for it through writing historical essays.


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