New Age Movements, Occultism, and Spiritualism Research Library

New Age Movements, Occultism, and Spiritualism Research Library

 

The origins of the New Age Movements, Occultism, and Spiritualism Research Library (NAMOSRL) can be traced back to 2004 when Guy Frost and Cliff Landis began discussing the preservation of hard to find and at risk Pagan periodicals. Cliff’s concept was called New Religious Movements Archival Library (NRMAL), and tasks were divided between the two with Cliff investigating the technological aspects as well as making the first contacts with publishers and Guy began creating a descriptive bibliography of potential resources that could be added to the project. Sadly, this project was abandoned in early 2005 for various reasons, but the idea remained in Guy’s mind of something that needed to be done. Guy had been acquiring resources for the project and although NRMAL was no more, has continued to do so. During the spring of 2013, Crystal Richardson, a Valdosta State University student, approached Guy with a request to be advisor to a new Pagan and Wiccan Society on the VSU campus. Saying yes, it was through working with the officers and members of this group that he was reminded of the need for students to access resources to assist in researching topics they were presenting at their sponsored events. This need, however, reached a pinnacle when Guy was lead to search and photocopy from his personal library articles, interviews, and mentionings in books of Starhawk for a student that was writing a paper on her. It was at this point that Guy realized his resources should be more accessible and preferably in an academic setting. In was not until 2015 that Guy approached Deborah Davis, the University Archivist, about donating all of the Pagan resources he had amassed as an archival collection. Deborah expressed great interest. For an archival collection to be rich in source materials it must contain more than just periodicals. This is where this Research Library departs from the original concept of NRMAL. The scope and breadth of the collection had to be expanded. As such, there are two parts of the collection: 1. records and papers of people and organizations that could and do stand alone as unique archival collections which will be described individually; 2. books, periodicals, study notes, and other ephemera collected to support its scope. This portion of the collection is divided into broad Library of Congress Subject Series. These series contains books, periodicals, and artifacts relating to their designated subjects. These subjects include: Antiquities/Mythology; Psychology; Parapsychology; Occult Sciences; Religions; Holidays & Cookery; Alternative Medicine; Women's Studies; Gardening/Herbology. These broad subjects expand into more specific topics as you explore the collection.

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  • Arnold, Edwin, Sir, 1832-1904 (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1898-08-20)
    Card-style folder: “Original draft of "Ranmoor” Pencil drawing date August 20, 1898. Includes poem “On Ranmoor” on verso in pencil. Portrait of Arnold above. Mounted on dark blue card stock. Genre: Poetry; Drawings.
  • Unknown author (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1895)
    Letter dated October 17, from Hotel de Rome, name illegible.
  • Evans, Mary-Loise (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1895)
    Letter from Mary-Louise Evans, dated July 7, regarding his gift to her and the hopes of meeting again before she leaves.
  • Radnor, Helen (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1895)
    Letter from Helen, [Countess of] Radnor, offering two tickets to a concert.
  • Jeune, M. (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1895-06-09)
    Letter from [Susan Elizabeth] M[ary] Jeune, Baroness St Helier [wife of Francis Jeune, 1st Baron St Helier], dated June 9, inviting Arnold to dinner Sunday June 16, [1895].
  • Cecil, Gwendolen (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1895)
    Letter from Lady Gwendolen Cecil, n.d. Letter from Lady Gwendolen Cecil [daughter of Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury], dated June 4, thanking him for allowing her to send her writings.
  • Portsmouth, Beatrice (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1894-06-14)
    Letter from Beatrice Portsmouth [wife of the Newton Wallo, 6th Earl of Portsmouth], Dated June 14, to attend dinner Saturday July 7 to meet a small party. Likely 1894.
  • Portsmouth (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1895)
    Letter from Beatrice Portsmouth [wife of the Newton Wallo, 6th Earl of Portsmouth], Dated March 2, to attend dinner at 2, Abbey Garden. This letter was hand delivered.
  • Portsmouth, Beatrice (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1895-05-22)
    Letter from Beatrice Portsmouth, May 22, [1895]. Letter from Beatrice Portsmouth [wife of the Newton Wallo, 6th Earl of Portsmouth] to attend an private organ concert by Dr. Bridge.
  • Connemara, Lord, 1827-1902 (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1898)
    Letter from [Lord] Connemara [Robert Bourke], dated Dec.? 27, thanking him for his prompt attention to his request
  • Connemara, Lord, 1827-1902 (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1898-11-24)
    Letter from [Lord] Connemara [Robert Bourke] dated Nov. 27, [1897]. Concerning the missing of a reception due to his wife being ill [Lady Gertrude Connemara].
  • Connemara, Lord, 1827-1902 (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1897-11-27)
    Letter from [Lord] Connemara [Robert Bourke] dated Nov. 27, [1897]. Concerning the missing of a reception due to his wife being ill [Lady Gertrude Connemara].
  • Connemara, Lord, 1827-1902 (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1897)
    Letter from [Lord] Connemara [Robert Bourke], dated May 23, [no year]. Inviting Arnold to dinner with Indian friends
  • Ridley, Mary Georgiana (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1897-07-20)
    Letter from Mary Georgiana Ridley [wife of Matthew White Ridley, 1st Viscount Ridley], dated July 20, 1897 thanking him for an annotated document he sent her
  • Bowen, George, Sir (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1895-07-03)
    Letter from [Sir] George Bowen, dated July 3, 1895 inviting Arnold to lunch to discuss The Light of Asia with guests
  • Selwin-Ibbetson, Henry John, 1826-1902 (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1893-04-05)
    Letter from [1st Baron] Rookwood [Henry John Selwin-Ibbetson]
  • Bradford, Edward, Sir (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1894-08-15)
    Letter from [Sir], Edward Bradford, dated 15 August 1894, regarding a meeting with William Fitzgerald.
  • Chetwynd, George, Sir (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1894-06-11)
    Letter from [Sir] George Chetwynd, dated June 11, 1894 inviting him to dinner to meet Lord and Lady Warwick “who are anxious” to hear about "The Life of Asia."
  • Browne, James Crichton (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1893-12)
    Letter from James Crichton Browne, dated December 1893, inviting Arnold to speak at the Royal Institute in February.
  • Lawley, W. (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 1893-08-17)
    Letter from W. Lawley?. On stationary printed with: Telegraph Station Beaconsfield/Railway Station/Wooburn Green/Hall Barn, Beaconsfield, Bucks [Envelope matching stationary from L. Northbrook [Thomas George Baring] dated ...

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