Applications are now available for Summer 2012 Research Fellowships at The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston. Fellowships are open to academic scholars, independent researchers, and graduate students. The Library’s collections, centered on the papers of Mary Baker Eddy and records documenting the history of Christian Science, offer scholars countless opportunities for original research. A select list of such resources includes: Mary Baker Eddy’s scrapbooks and copybooks; household account ledgers and receipts; a fully-indexed file of newspapers clippings that date to the late nineteenth century; Eddy’s sermons and lectures; an extensive historic photograph collection; architectural records; early histories of branch Churches of Christ, Scientist; and Eddy’s voluminous correspondence and manuscript material, which offer opportunities for new analyses of her life and ideas. Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) authored a ground-breaking book on science, theology, and healing titled Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, a publishing society, and The Christian Science Monitor. Previous fellowship topics have included: Mary Baker Eddy and Bronson Alcott; demographic survey of early Christian Science church members; Emmanuel Movement; material culture and memory; church architecture and feminine sacred space; Christian Science and divine healing. Stipend provided.
Application and supporting materials must be postmarked by February 6, 2012. For further information about the Library’s holdings and the fellowship program, including the application and instructions, please go to http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/research/visit/fellowships or contact 617-450-7316, firstname.lastname@example.org.