Re: "Hidden away"
Sep 04, 2004 08:00 AM
I can only speak anecdotally and describe the high and low points of
my experience with research in Theosophical archives. In London and
Paris, I was given free access to the archives and full cooperation
from the members in charge of them. I never needed to use the
Olcott Library but Elizabeth Trumpler was fully cooperative and
helpful with the photo on the cover (and inside) Initiates-- the
first foldout illustration in a SUNY Press book. Had minor help
from Pasadena but didn't really call on them so cannot comment
In Adyar, though, I was restricted from the archives even while non-
Theosophist researchers there at the same time (Nancy Fix Anderson,
Joy Dixon) were being given access. Reason "we have no archivist on
duty." Why that reason applied to a longtime member but not to non-
members perplexed me. Stephen Prothero got full cooperation for his
Olcott bio later. It's "sensitivity" of subject matter and not
staff issues that determine who gets access.
Greg T can speak for himself and I hope will. Coats was fully
cooperative, Burnier fully uncooperative, to him in his researches
as I recall him saying. I have also heard one prominent Theosophist
archivist from Europe describe being denied archives access by Radha
and not knowing why.
Daniel has actually published with TPH so ought to know a lot more
than I do about their practices.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Anton Rozman"
> Hi Paul, Daniel and all,
> my appreciation for your work and my sympathy for your
> pain and concern in front of the impenetrable wall, for there is
> inside me also this string that sounds when the note of hidden
> treasures echoes. In search of the magic formula: "Open
> could you tell us some more about:
> What is the status of these archives?
> Are there any laws about archives theosophical organizations have
> If yes, how the theosophical organizations respect these laws?
> Kind regards,
> --- In email@example.com, "Daniel H. Caldwell"
> <danielhcaldwell@y...> wrote:
> > Paul,
> > Yes, I do share your concern with this issue. It is a troubling
> > problem and is not confined just to the Adyar T.S.
> > Daniel
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "kpauljohnson"
> > wrote:
> > > --- In email@example.com, "Daniel H. Caldwell"
> > > <danielhcaldwell@y...> wrote:
> > >
> > > > I'm sure there must be some hidden away in the Adyar archives
> > > > or the archives of the E.S.
> > > >
> > > Hi Daniel,
> > >
> > > Do you mean that as a comment on the Adyar archives? As a
> > > professional librarian, I'd hope you share my concern on that
> > subject.
> > >
> > > Paul
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