Since its inception in 1990, Daystar has gathered and preserved a wide range of historical items related to Christian Science and the Bible including books, audio recordings, periodicals, art, and artifacts.
From an exceptional seventeenth-century Bible and rare early editions of Mary Baker Eddy’s writings to titles covering Biblical research and Christian Science history, readers can explore hundreds of engaging and inspiring volumes, housed in Daystar’s protective repository. Visitors may browse the shelves and read editions dating back two centuries.
BooksFrom an exceptional seventeenth-century Bible and rare early editions of Mary Baker Eddy’s writings to titles covering Biblical research and Christian Science history, readers can explore hundreds of engaging and inspiring volumes, housed in Daystar’s protective repository. Visitors may browse the shelves and read editions dating back two centuries.
Audio RecordingsOver four hundred hours of recordings relating to Christian Science history, including live lectures from as early as the mid-twentieth century, inspirational talks, educational presentations, oral history interviews, audio books, and music, have been digitally preserved and are available for listening on-site.
The Christian Science MonitorHoused in a special area of the library, complete original issues of the first thirty-one years of the international newspaper Mary Baker Eddy established are available for research. In addition, on-site guests have free access to a complete digital archive of the paper through the ProQuest database.
The Christian Science MonitorThese rare and oversized bound volumes contain the full Central Edition of the newspaper from the first issue on November 25, 1908 through the December 30, 1939 issue.
Special CollectionsCompilations of published as well as unpublished documents, including articles, reminiscences, correspondence, and books, are organized and housed to facilitate access for our guests.
ArtifactsHistorical items such as collectible memorabilia, jewelry, and decorative art pieces have been carefully prepared and maintained for long-term preservation, as well as for display in the library’s environmentally controlled exhibition space.
Historic PamphletsPublications, including sermons, articles, and lectures, from the early years of the Christian Science movement through the twentieth century comprise the library’s large collection.
ArtPictures of some of the early workers in the Christian Science movement, scenes from Mrs. Eddy’s home state of New Hampshire, engravings of Biblical subjects, and images from the Holy Land are just some examples of the visual art in the collection that are on display.
Children's LiteraturePublications spanning over one hundred years make up the selection of reading material on Biblical as well as Christian Science topics available for enjoyment in a special room designed for our youngest visitors.
Christian Science LecturesTranscripts of hundreds of these substantive public addresses, which were printed in newspapers worldwide for several decades in the twentieth century, have been photocopied and organized for preservation and to facilitate convenient access for library guests.
Daystar collections include early editions of Mrs. Eddy’s published writings, original letters written by Mrs. Eddy, reminiscences prepared by those who knew her, and numerous books and other publications about her and the emergence of Christian Science in nineteenth-century America. If you would like to donate items to our collection, contact us.
Jewel Spangler Smaus Collection
Jewel Spangler Smaus was a lifelong Christian Scientist and a dauntless researcher of Mrs. Eddy’s life and her family. Although a native Californian, Mrs. Smaus had the opportunity to live for several years in Bow, New Hampshire, Mary Baker Eddy’s birthplace, which greatly enriched her research for her book Mary Baker Eddy: The Golden Days, published by The Christian Science Publishing Society in 1966.
The Smaus collection includes schoolbooks Mary Baker would have used, published sermons written by the Congregational ministers she knew as a young girl, histories of the towns in New Hampshire where Mrs. Eddy and her family resided, and numerous books, magazines, and pamphlets relating to nineteenth-century New England. Mrs. Smaus’ collection also includes material on the antebellum South (where Mrs. Eddy lived briefly as a young wife), as well as background on Mrs. Eddy’s son, his family, and their life in South Dakota. A series of Mrs. Smaus’ taped interviews with Mrs. Eddy’s grandson, George W. Glover III, is a highlight of the collection.
A former editor of The Christian Science Monitor had this to say about Mrs. Smaus: “She dug into town records, the musty shelves of historical societies, and the still mustier attics of old Granite State families. She found a treasure trove of neglected or unknown information” (Erwin D. Canham, The Christian Science Monitor, December 15, 1966).