The Mary Baker Eddy Library

The Mary Baker Eddy Library Archive and museum containing one of the largest collections by and about an American woman. Home of the world-famous #Mapparium! The Mary Baker Eddy Library provides public access and context to original materials and to educational experiences about Mary Baker Eddy’s life, ideas, achievements, and legacy.
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NEW podcast: Why do women receive so much less visibility on Wikipedia than their male counterparts? This episode explor...
11/14/2020
47. Women in Religion on Wikipedia | Mary Baker Eddy Library

NEW podcast: Why do women receive so much less visibility on Wikipedia than their male counterparts? This episode explores some of the reasons—and looks at what’s needed to bring about greater gender equality.

Learn why the world’s largest online encyclopedia doesn’t feature more biographies of women—and what’s being done about it.

"...I find that in proportion as we overcome all self the way grows brighter."—Laura Sargent to Mary Baker Eddy, June 18...
11/13/2020
Mary Baker Eddy Papers

"...I find that in proportion as we overcome all self the way grows brighter."

—Laura Sargent to Mary Baker Eddy, June 18, 1885.

Mary Baker Eddy Papers

NEW "Ask a Researcher": We have sometimes been asked whether Mary Baker Eddy ever said that Christian Science  could onl...
11/12/2020
Christian Science and the Constitution | Mary Baker Eddy Library

NEW "Ask a Researcher": We have sometimes been asked whether Mary Baker Eddy ever said that Christian Science could only have been founded in the United States, because of its Constitution and Bill of Rights. Is that true?

Did Mary Baker Eddy see a connection?

11/11/2020
Today, along with the US National Archives and other archives around the country, we’re celebrating the stories of #Arch...
11/10/2020
Voices of a Global Movement: “To my great joy I found a Christian Science chaplain....” » Mary Baker Eddy Library

Today, along with the US National Archives and other archives around the country, we’re celebrating the stories of #ArchivesVeterans. Walter S. Cross was one of the first Christian Science chaplains and served during World War I. Learn more about early Christian Science chaplains and check out some pages from Cross’ wartime scrapbook below. #ArchivesHashtagParty

Meet one of the first Christian Science chaplains, who served in the war a century ago.

11/10/2020
NEW “Ask a Researcher”! Find out about the prized essay mentioned in Science and Health: “A prize of one hundred pounds,...
11/09/2020
What is the background on the Oxford University essay mentioned in Science and Health? | Mary Baker Eddy Library

NEW “Ask a Researcher”! Find out about the prized essay mentioned in Science and Health: “A prize of one hundred pounds, offered in Oxford University, England, for the best essay on Natural Science, —an essay calculated to offset the tendency of the age to attribute physical effects to physical causes rather than to a final spiritual cause,—is one of many incidents which show that Christian Science meets a yearning of the human race for spirituality.” (Science and Health, p. 111).

Here’s an answer to something our patrons often ask about.

11/08/2020
NEW! “Women of History” article: Learn about an American sociologist, author, feminist, and Christian Scientist whose st...
11/07/2020
Women of History: Mary Burt Messer | Mary Baker Eddy Library

NEW! “Women of History” article: Learn about an American sociologist, author, feminist, and Christian Scientist whose story is almost forgotten. Messer had a deep interest in world affairs, was involved in the United Nations, and wrote a book about the changing role of women in society and its impact on the family. Read more about this fascinating woman.

Read the untold story of a woman who sought to bridge the worlds of sociology and Christian Science.

11/04/2020
A path to postelection harmony
11/03/2020
A path to postelection harmony

A path to postelection harmony

In the U.S. presidential election, only one candidate wins, and there will always be people unhappy with the outcome. But letting Christly love light our path empowers us to feel the divine peace that frees us from fear and disdain.

11/03/2020
Did you know Mary Baker Eddy made sure that music played a prominent role in Christian Science Sunday church services? L...
11/01/2020
Josh Henn Music - God So Loved the World

Did you know Mary Baker Eddy made sure that music played a prominent role in Christian Science Sunday church services? Last Sunday the soloist for The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston sang Handel's "God so loved the world." You can listen to Josh Henn's solo on his album of the same title:

Thank you for joining us for American #ArchivesMonth! What was your favorite featured item from our virtual Archives Ope...
10/31/2020

Thank you for joining us for American #ArchivesMonth! What was your favorite featured item from our virtual Archives Open House? What else would you like to learn about or see from our collections? Share with us in the comments.
1. Printing plates and box for first edition of Science and Health
2. Cartoons from the Christian Science Sentinel
3. Telephone/Intercom found in The Mother Church Extension
4. Churchill family photograph
5. Minnie Weygandt cookbook and menu notebook

The last stop on our virtual Archives Open House is a staff and fan favorite! These items were selected by our Senior Ma...
10/30/2020

The last stop on our virtual Archives Open House is a staff and fan favorite! These items were selected by our Senior Manager for Programs and Communications, Steve Graham.

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Here at the Library, we’ve been having a kind of Minnie Weygandt revival. A devoted student of Christian Science, Weygandt cooked for Mary Baker Eddy in her Pleasant View household from 1899 to 1907. She also helped manage Eddy’s home in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, for a number of years following her passing. Our staff recently reprocessed the Weygandt Papers, and a finding aid to this collection is now available on our website.

Here is a copy of the cookbook that Eddy had used for years. One day she appeared in the kitchen, where she presented it to Weygandt with this inscription: “My cooking shall be done according to this cookbook. M.B.G. Eddy.”

I like this book because to me it exemplifies Eddy’s appreciation for tried and true, time-tested cooking that would ensure everyone in her home ate well.

You can also see a notebook, in which Weygandt wrote down many of the menus she served. Have fun taking a look at some of the October meals served at Pleasant View!

[Images: The Young Housekeeper’s Friend by Mrs. Cornelius (B00152), Mary Baker Eddy Books; Menu Notebook, 1900–1901, Minnie B. Weygandt Papers, LSC023, Series II, Box 1, Folder 3]

10/29/2020
Fenway Culture Boston

WATCH the replay: Keeping arts alive in a pandemic. The Library participated in this recent online panel during #Bostondesignweek. Hear from our staff and neighborhood friends @Fenway Culture Boston @Huntington Theatre Company and @Massachusetts Historical Society.

We had a great turn out for our Boston Design Week Zoom session: Designing Virtual Vibrancy: Keeping Arts Alive During a Pandemic. You can view the recording through the link below. thanks very much to our panelists Massachusetts Historical Society and The Mary Baker Eddy Library ! https://youtu.be/ehh7OlZNIP8

We hope you’re enjoying our #ArchivesMonth tour, sharing some of what you can find in The Mary Baker Eddy Library collec...
10/28/2020
Finding aids | Mary Baker Eddy Library

We hope you’re enjoying our #ArchivesMonth tour, sharing some of what you can find in The Mary Baker Eddy Library collections. If you’d like to go deeper into the wealth of resources available for research at the Library, you can start with our collection finding aids.

To assist researchers, The Mary Baker Eddy Library has generated the following finding aids and guides to our collections. The listed collections are central to our mission and include letters, manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, books, periodicals, and other materials.

10/27/2020
10/25/2020
800 musicians from 55 countries combine to create a stunning virtual video - Nearer, My God, to Thee

Mary Baker Eddy is known to have especially liked “Nearer My God to Thee” (#192 in the “Christian Science Hymnal”). Check out this stunning 800-musician virtual performance of the hymn, inspired by Vocal Point, Brigham Young University’s a cappella choir.

NEARER, MY GOD, TO THEE - Worldwide Virtual Choir and Orchestra ►SUBSCRIBE & click the "bell" for future video notifications! ►STREAM/DOWNLOAD/GET CD - Origi...

You won’t want to miss the wonderful story about this week’s item in our Archives Open House, from our Head of Education...
10/23/2020

You won’t want to miss the wonderful story about this week’s item in our Archives Open House, from our Head of Educational Programs, Marie Palladino. Below are images from two Library events, our 2019 Archives Open House, and our 2015 Opening Our Doors program, which recreated the opening of the Mapparium on it’s 80th anniversary. The entire day was set in 1935! Selected photographs include an archival photo of the Churchill family, and pictures of the granddaughter, and great-great grandsons of Mapparium architect Chester Lindsay Churchill, saying a few words about their family legacy and cutting the ribbon for visitors to enter the globe room. To learn more about how these photos are connected, read more from Marie below!

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In 2015 I developed a program theme for the Mapparium’s 80-year anniversary. Set in 1935, it featured architect Chester Lindsay Churchill and his wife, Louise Churchill. I thought it would be neat to communicate to visitors how Churchill used Mary Baker Eddy’s ideas to influence his design process. I recalled giving a tour to the Churchills’ granddaughter Leslie Belliveau earlier that year. She’d spent a lot of time with him as a girl. I thought how powerful it would be for Leslie to collaborate with actors playing her grandparents. She spent numerous hours helping actors from Cambridge Historical Tours to take on the roles. Afterward Leslie wanted to donate family photos and a scrapbook to the Library. Until then we had no photos of Churchill in our archives! I recall seeing our curator at the time carefully looking through a scrapbook in the donation meeting—and gasping in awe at this photo of Churchill on a ladder, amid construction activities on the entryway to the Publishing House. #ArchivesMonth

[Images: Churchill Family Photograph, Churchill Family Collection, LSC003, Folder 5
Chester Lindsay Churchill on ladder with entryway for Publishing House, Churchill Family Collection, LSC003, Folder 3; Photo collage of actors, Leslie Belliveau and grandsons from Mapparium 80th anniversary program.]

10/21/2020
Preservation Lab at the National Archives-- Boxing our Treasures

This #ArchivesMonth, take a little behind-the-scenes tour at the National Archives, to see how they protect more uniquely shaped items. Although we don't have the same high-tech equipment, we make custom boxes for some delicate items in our collections as well. Right now, we're having some conservation work done on one of our historic Bibles, which may have been used during services at The Mother Church. Then it will get its own special box for the first time. Many of our rare and historic Bibles are kept safely in custom boxes.

The video takes viewers inside the preservation lab at the National Archives where specialists construct custom boxes for items as varied as a Cold War-era p...

10/19/2020
Did Eddy authorize the 89th edition of the Manual? | Mary Baker Eddy Library
10/18/2020
Did Eddy authorize the 89th edition of the Manual? | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Did Eddy authorize the 89th edition of the Manual? | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Did Eddy authorize the 89th edition of the Manual?October 13, 2020 Mary Baker Eddy made many significant changes to the Manual of The Mother Church during her lifetime. She added By-Laws and made textual changes, resulting in numerous new editions of the book. Often Eddy proposed new By-Laws herself...

NEW podcast: As COVID-19 restrictions impact both students and teachers, find out how young researchers are still taking...
10/17/2020
46. National History Day during a pandemic | Mary Baker Eddy Library

NEW podcast: As COVID-19 restrictions impact both students and teachers, find out how young researchers are still taking on exciting projects for this year’s National History Day program.

46. National History Day during a pandemic October 1, 2020 https://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/podcast-player/32897/46-national-history-day-during-a-pandemic.mp3Download file | Play in new windowSubscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify As COVID-19 restrictions impact both students and t...

Earlier this week we mentioned the digital preservation of our film collection. But we have also preserved some more unu...
10/16/2020

Earlier this week we mentioned the digital preservation of our film collection. But we have also preserved some more unusual obsolete technologies. Check out this week’s Archives Open House selection from Shanna Lee Smith, our former Manager of Special Collections.

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As an archivist, I spend much of my time learning about obsolete technologies in the digital field, such as floppy disks, CDs, and zip drives. But the Library holds a variety of obsolete technologies not related to digital computing. This Yankee intercom phone, found in the tower of the Mother Church Extension, reminds me of something: over the years employees here have communicated in many forms to carry out their work. And these forms of communication are being preserved as objects in our collections, as well as through the records they help us create. #ArchivesMonth

[Image: Telephone/Intercom, Yankee Phone Mfd. by S.H. Couch Co., Inc., Boston, Mass., U.S.A., 1998.03.15]

Have you enjoyed some of the historical videos we've shared recently, like Alton's Davis important perspective on race a...
10/14/2020
Film Preservation 101: Why does this film smell like vinegar?

Have you enjoyed some of the historical videos we've shared recently, like Alton's Davis important perspective on race and equality, or the day-in-the-life of Pearline Thompson's healing practice? This sharing was made possible thanks to a large-scale digitization project, which allowed us to save these film treasures. We look forward to sharing more of them with you, but in the meantime, read more about why this kind of digital preservation is so critically important. #ArchivesMonth

Film Preservation 101 is an occasional series in which we answer our most frequently asked questions. You may have heard that old films can be dangerous, and potentially even explosive (we covered…

10/13/2020
Since 2001, the Library and The Christian Science Church have participated in the community “Opening Our Doors” event, a...
10/12/2020
Opening Our Doors 2019

Since 2001, the Library and The Christian Science Church have participated in the community “Opening Our Doors” event, alongside our neighbors in Boston's Fenway Cultural District. Since this year’s event is cancelled, we thought you’d be interested in this “look back” video from 2019. Check out all the photos from The Christian Science Plaza!

Video created by Sarah Rathje with footage by photographer Sophia Park celebrating Opening Our Doors 2019 - Boston's largest -- and longest running -- free…

10/11/2020
Many clergymen in Mary Baker Eddy’s time were critical of her sermons and her discovery of Christian Science. But the Li...
10/10/2020
From the Papers: Pastoral care | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Many clergymen in Mary Baker Eddy’s time were critical of her sermons and her discovery of Christian Science. But the Library’s Papers team recently unearthed letters from clergy who valued her teachings, even though they didn’t convert to Christian Science. See what they had to say!

From the Papers: Pastoral careSeptember 21, 2020 When Mary Baker Eddy spoke in Boston at Tremont Temple on March 16, 1885, she was responding to attacks on Christian Science by clergymen Joseph Cook and A. J. Gordon, which they had made in lectures, sermons, and articles in the press. Later her word...

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bonjour, quelqu'un pourrait-il me renseigner sur la biographie de Mary BAker Eddy par Gill Gooding ? et comment l'obtenir ? c'est assez urgent, merci pour votre réponse.
Thank you so much for the August Newsletter that included links to interviews with Jean Stapleton, one of my favorite actresses. She was not only a superb creator of character, but an excellent vocalist and an admirable person in every way. It was such a pleasure to hear her tell of her use of Christian Science in her lengthy career! This was one of so many fascinating things you have shared about this wonderful library--thank you again!
Thanks for the online opportunity to hear or read Seekers and Scholars.
Keep on.Go.
Lovely inspiring thought to all.
Health is not a condition of matter, but of mind. Sickness and Disease are an experience of a so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body. -Mary Baker Eddy
What is the role of dear and epidemics? Take a read about experiments from the 1918 flu epidemic.
Hi there, I went to visit today but you were closed but didn't see any announcement on your page or website. Maybe you can put up a post so that other people don't head over there
Hi is the mapparium accessible for those with mobility issues or is it stairs only? Thanks
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