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"History is comprehensible only as
the story of growing consciousness...
civilization is self-consciousness."

The Ascent of Humanity, 1929




 
Heard Family Coat of Arms
"Toujours Fidèle" (Always Loyal)

UCLA LIBRARY DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

The Gerald Heard Papers 1935-1971 (Collection 1054), initiated upon the approval of Gerald Heard, and donated in 1978 by Gerald Heard's personal secretary Jay Michael Barrie, are housed in the UCLA Library Department of Special Collections at the Young Research Library at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The Gerald Heard Papers consist of literary manuscripts, correspondence, lecture notes, tape and disc recordings, photographs and slides, ephemera, books by and about him, and related materials. This is the most extensive archival repository of Heardian materials.

For information concerning research of The Gerald Heard Papers, visit the website of the UCLA Library Department of Special Collections at UCLA. Their link is as follows:

UCLA Library Department of Special Collections

A detailed Finding Aid, indexing the contents of The Gerald Heard Papers, is available at the website of the Online Archive of California, as follows:

Finding Aid for The Gerald Heard Papers, Online Archive of California

In addition, correspondence from Gerald Heard to Sidney Cohen is held in The Sidney Cohen Collection (Collection 1845), correspondence from Gerald Heard to Aldous Huxley is held in The Aldous and Laura Huxley Papers (Collection 2009), and correspondence from Gerald Heard to Bernadine Fritz is held in The Bernadine Fritz Papers (Collection 1298). Both of these collections are housed in the UCLA Library Department of Special Collections at the Young Research Library at UCLA. Their links are as follows:

Sidney Cohen:

The Sidney Cohen Collection

 

Aldous Huxley:

The Aldous and Laura Huxley Papers

Bernadine Fritz:

The Bernadine Fritz Papers

 

MODERN ARCHIVES CENTRE, KING'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

The Modern Archives Centre at King's College Library, Cambridge holds a quantity of letters by Gerald Heard to G. Lowes Dickinson, E.M. Forster, Raisley Moorsom, G.W.H. Rylands, W.J.H. Sprott, and Elizabeth Trevelyan. Their link is as follows:

Modern Archives Centre, King's College, Cambridge

DARTINGTON HALL

Dartington Hall, in Devon, England, houses correspondence from 1923 to 1937 between Gerald Heard and Dartington’s Leonard Elmhirst, Dorothy Elmhirst, and William Curry, as well as Margaret Isherwood and William Sheldon. Their link is as follows:

The Dartington Hall Trust

Correspondence between Gerald Heard and Dorothy Elmhirst is also held at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University Library, as follows:

Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst Papers from Dartington Hall

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

The Special Collections Department at Lauinger Library at Georgetown University holds notes on Gerald Heard by the Rev. John Courtney Murray, S.J., as well as four items of correspondence between Gerald Heard and broadcaster Lisa Sergio from 1953. Their links are as follows:

Rev. John Courtney Murray, S.J.:

The Rev. John Courtney Murray, S.J. Papers

Lisa Sergio:

The Lisa Sergio Papers

 

HARRY RANSOM HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTER
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin contains correspondence between Gerald Heard and ten individuals, including Christopher Morley, Lady Ottoline Morrell, Nancy Wilson Ross, Lady Sandwich, and C.P. Snow, as well as reviews of two of Gerald Heard's books and a typescript copy of The Five Ages of Man. Their link is as follows:

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

INDIANA UNIVERSITY

The Lilly Library at Indiana University at Bloomington houses correspondence between Gerald Heard and Lewis Browne, J. Francis McComas, Upton Sinclair, and W.A.P. White (a.k.a. Anthony Boucher). Their link is as follows:

The Lilly Library, Indiana University

IRISH CO-OPERATIVE ORGANISATION SOCIETY

The Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society, based in The Plunkett House on Merrion Square in Dublin, houses 37 items of correspondence from 1922 to 1931 between Gerald Heard and Sir Horace Plunkett. Their link is as follows:

Irish Cooperative Organisation Society

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The Library of Congress in Washington D.C. stores many historical articles by Gerald Heard, as well as correspondence between Gerald Heard and Clare Boothe Luce in the Papers of Clare Boothe Luce. Their link is as follows:

The Library of Congress

PEACE PLEDGE UNION

The Peace Pledge Union, located in London, holds a file of articles and extracts by and about Gerald Heard, specifically relating to pacifism, from 1934 to 1936. In addition, the Union holds a file of materials on Aldous Huxley. Their link is as follows:

The Peace Pledge Union

THE STEPPING STONES FOUNDATION

The Stepping Stones Foundation, located at Bedford Hills, New York, houses correspondence between Gerald Heard and Bill and Lois Wilson, the respective co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Al-Anon Family Groups. Their link is as follows:

The Stepping Stones Foundation

SWARTHMORE COLLEGE PEACE COLLECTION

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania houses correspondence between Gerald Heard and Rev. John Nevin Sayre, as well as pamphlets written by Gerald Heard. Their link is as follows:

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection

THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER, BELLARMINE UNIVERSITY

The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky holds a carbon copy of one letter from Fr. Thomas Merton to Gerald Heard from 1964. Their link as follows:

The Thomas Merton Collection

TUFTS UNIVERSITY

Tufts University maintains the Tufts Digital Library, which has preserved Gerald Heard's early 1950s contribution to Edward R. Murrow's radio program This I Believe. Their link is as follows:

Tufts Digital Library

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

The University of Delaware's Special Collections Department holds three items of correspondence between Gerald Heard and literary agent Nancy Pearn from the mid-1930s. Their link is as follows:

The Nancy Pearn Papers

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

The University of Kentucky's Special Collections and Archives Service Center houses correspondence between Gerald Heard and Frontier Nursing Service founder Mary Breckinridge. From The University of Kentucky's Libraries link below, select Kentuckiana Digital Library, then select Archival Finding Aids Collection. Search for Frontier Nursing Service Collection, then select "standard view" and scroll down to the Mary Breckinridge link. The University of Kentucky's Libraries link is as follows:

The University of Kentucky Libraries

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

The Special Collections Department at the University of Oregon houses The James C. Ingebretsen Papers, which include miscellaneous writings and correspondence by Gerald Heard, The William C. Mullendore Papers, which includes correspondence with Gerald Heard, as well as 62 reel-to-reel tapes and 17 audio-cassette tapes by Gerald Heard. Their link is as follows:

University of Oregon Special Collections

UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC

The Holt-Atherton Special Collections Department at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California holds a copy of one letter in The Brubeck Collection from Dave Brubeck to Gerald Heard from 1968. Their link is as follows:

University of the Pacific - Special Collections

VEDANTA SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

The Vedanta Society of Southern California holds correspondence, as well as tape and disc recordings by Gerald Heard, and photographs of Gerald Heard. Their link is as follows:

The Vedanta Society of Southern California - History of

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES, ST. LOUIS

The University Archives at Washington University at St. Louis, Missouri holds five tape-recorded lectures delivered by Gerald Heard between December 1952 and April 1955 as part of the university's weekly Assembly Series Lectures. Their link is as follows:

Washington University Assembly Series Lectures

WOODSON RESEARCH CENTER, RICE UNIVERSITY

The Fondren Library at Woodson Research Center at Rice University holds 22 items of correspondence from 1923 to 1965 between Gerald Heard and Sir Julian Huxley. Their link is as follows:

The Fondren Library at Rice University

In addition, holdings exist of Gerald Heard correspondence, papers, and scripts at the following U.K. sites:

  1. The BBC Written Archives Centre at Caversham Park, Reading (correspondence from 1932 to 1962, memos, and radio scripts from the 1930s)

  2. The University of Bristol (correspondence with N. L. Bright, 1945)

  3. The British Library in London (correspondence with Lytton Strachey, James Strachey, and Charlotte Shaw)

  4. Lambeth Palace Library in London (correspondence with Rev. H. R. L. Sheppard, 1935 to 1937)

  5. The University of Liverpool Library (correspondence with Olaf Stapledon, 1936)

  6. London University (correspondence with Herbert Dingle, 1937 & 1959)

  7. Oxford University's Bodleian Library (correspondence with Frank Hardie, 1932)

  8. The University of Reading Library (correspondence from 1929 to 1935)

  9. John Rylands University Library at Manchester (correspondence with Samuel Alexander, 1929)

  10. South Place Ethical Society in London (letters, scripts)

  11. Trinity College Library at Dublin (correspondence with Thomas MacGreevy, 1921 to 1925)

Finally, The National Archives maintains an excellent collection of records held at various (mostly) U.K. sites. Search under Gerald Heard.

Copyright of all published Gerald Heard books and certain other published Gerald Heard materials that are not in the public domain, and copyright of all unpublished Gerald Heard materials held in archival collections worldwide is owned by The Barrie Family Trust, the legal custodian of the Estate of Gerald Heard and literary executor of Gerald Heard. For usage of all aforementioned Gerald Heard materials, permission must be obtained from The Barrie Family Trust via Harold Ober Associates in New York. In addition, many archival collections that own Heardian materials require that permission must be obtained from them to access these materials. For usage of published Gerald Heard articles and other published Gerald Heard materials for which the copyright is not owned by The Barrie Family Trust, permission must be obtained by the respective copyright owner.

For usage of all unpublished Gerald Heard materials held in archival collections worldwide that is considered "fair use" (U.K. "fair dealing"), permission must still be obtained from Harold Ober Associates, which alone will make the final determination based on the nature and context of usage, in accordance with U.K. Copyright Service "fair use" guidelines, or  in accordance with U.S. Copyright Office "fair use" guidelines. ("Fair use"/"fair dealing" includes all non-commercial purposes such as commentary, criticism, research, and scholarship.) A liberal policy will be maintained regarding usage of Gerald Heard materials in scholarly publications.

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