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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  • Blacksun, Shadowhawk; Owen, Louise; Lauderdale, Barb; Bonnabel, Kathi (Aquarian Tabernacle Church Collection. New Age Movements, Occultism, and Spiritualism Research Library. Valdosta State University. Valdosta, GA., 2001)
    The Goddess Diana is the Huntress of the forest, the one who relies on no one else for survival. She stands alone, steady, strong, and independent. When the New Moon rises in the sky it is Her bow, reminding us that She ...
  • Blacksun, Shadowhawk; Hudson, Debbie; Lauderdale, Barb; Owen, Louise; Bonnabel, Kathi (Aquarian Tabernacle Church Collection. New Age Movements, Occultism, and Spiritualism Research Library. Valdosta State University. Valdosta, GA., 2010)
    The Dark of the Moon is a time of introspection. We call upon our Patroness, the Goddess Hekate to help us look within and gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and the path we choose to follow. Used for an open circle, ...
  • Hudson, Debbie; Lauderdale, Barbara; Rowanson, Sebastian; Garvais, Leah; Snyder, Ray; Owen, Louise (. New Age Movements, Occultism, and Spiritualism Research Library. Valdosta State University. Valdosta, GA., 2017)
    Pan’s Call – Honoring the Dark of the Moon. We gather this night to honor the great God Pan… The voice in the wilderness…the shadow in the night. The fact that he represents such a wild, uncontrollable force as that of ...
  • Rowan Tree Church (Minneapolis, MN: Rowan Tree Church, 1985-08-05)
    This newsletter was used as a mechanism to communicate internally with Church members. It provides a glimpse into the activities and the personalities involved within the church. Included are excerpts from letters, cassette ...
  • Rowan Tree Church (Minneapolis, MN: Rowan Tree Church, 1985-07-17)
    This newsletter was used as a mechanism to communicate internally with Church members. It provides a glimpse into the activities and the personalities involved within the church. Included are excerpts from letters, cassette ...
  • Rowan Tree Church (Minneapolis, MN: Rowan Tree Church, 1985)
    This newsletter was used as a mechanism to communicate internally with Church members. It provides a glimpse into the activities and the personalities involved within the church. Included are excerpts from letters, cassette ...
  • Rowan Tree Church (Minneapolis, MN: Rowan Tree Church, 1985)
    This newsletter was used as a mechanism to communicate internally with Church members. It provides a glimpse into the activities and the personalities involved within the church. Included are excerpts from letters, cassette ...
  • Rowan Tree Church (Minneapolis, MN: Rowan Tree Church, 1985-07-04)
    The Rowan Tree Church is an earth-based religion founded by Rev. Paul Beyerl, a Third Degree Initiate in the Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca, and incorporated on February 4, 1980 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Considered by ...
  • Brenner, Malcolm; Brenner, Robert (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University, Archives and Special Collections, 2019, 1991)
    An interview with Robert (aka Frederic Lamond), a Gardnerian Wiccan, computer consultant, and author. Robert reminisces on his early interactions with Gerald Gardner, being initiated into his coven, and Wicca, Jesus, and ...
  • Brenner, Malcolm; Kinyon, Lezlie (Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University, Archives and Special Collections, 2019, 1991)
    This documentary begins with a protest of Z. Budapest speaking about witchcraft at the St. Theresa Public Library in San Jose, California on July 12, 1986. What follows are formal and informal interviews of Pagan leaders ...
  • Unknown author (Tom Furtwangler, 1995-06-01)
    An independent, ecological magazine from Seattle, Washington. Edited and owned by Tom Furtwangler, the publication features businesses that recognized for their ecological practices.
  • Bonnabel, Katherine (Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 2011)
    The Greater Mysteries is an Epoptaic Initiation, or Mystery reserved for those that have undergone the Lesser Mysteries. It was the custom for those attending for their first year to not be allowed to participate in the ...
  • Bonnabel, Katherine (Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 2009)
    In the ATC Spring Mysteries Festival, which is based on the Eleusinian Mysteries of ancient Greece, The Lesser Mysteries of Demeter were the first level of initiation in which the initiates, known as Mystai, were introduced ...
  • Bonnabel, Katherine (Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections, 2009)
    The Greater Mysteries is an Epoptaic Initiation, or Mystery reserved for those that have undergone the Lesser Mysteries. It was the custom for those attending for their first year to not be allowed to participate in the ...
  • Thomson, Sarah; Pond, Gina; Tanner, Philip; Omphalos, Calyxa; Polanshek, Jacobo (Cupertino, CA: Circle of Cerridwen Press, 2012)
    Preface / Gina Pond (Little Crow) -- Gender and transgender in the Pagan community / Sarah Thompson -- The Goddess and transphobia / Amethyst Moonwater -- Who is Lilith's tribe / Anya Kless -- Response to the topic of ...
  • Artifex Mentis (Cupertino, CA: Circle of Cerridwen Press, 2010)
    Artifex Mentis discusses why it is important to have a companion to work magic.
  • Artifex Mentis (Cupertino, CA: Circle of Cerridwen Press, 2010)
    Artifex Mentis in her role as teacher provides instruction on creating an athama and a wand using various materials.
  • Dagna (Cupertino, CA: Circle of Cerridwen Press, 2010)
    In October 2003, I was in the last days of living with my coven leader and his partner, and it was pure hell. One Sunday, I left the house to get out of the way of some activity or other my coven leader was having, and I ...
  • Pond, Gina A., Rev.; Tanner, Phillip, Rev. (Open Source Alexandrian and Witches’ Order of the Golden Dawn Collections, 2014-07-11)
    This week see the return of The Greek Geek, Philip Tanner! In this episode, we talk about the Bible and the problems with translation, context, and why we can never have an “unbiased” translation. Rev. Philip Tanner, ...
  • Pond, Gina A., Rev.; Whittaker, Lee, Rev. (Open Source Alexandrian and Witches’ Order of the Golden Dawn Collections, 2014-07-04)
    This week’s co-host is Rev. Lee Whittaker, one of my very good friends from seminary, and a recent graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry. On this week’s show we talk about the “emerging church” and how the welcome ...

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