Spiritualist Hymnals and Manuals Collection:

Inventory prepared by Samantha Booth
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Finding aid encoded by Samantha Booth (6 January 2016)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Creator:
Spiritualist Hymnals and Manuals Collection

Title:
Spiritualist Hymnals and Manuals Collection

Dates:
1926-1976

Quantity:
0.06m of textual records

Identification:
MSS 377 (A2015-138)

English

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Administrative History of Spiritualist Hymnals and Manuals Collection

This collection was created by Walter Meyer zu Erpen of the Survival Research Institute of Canada. It was created to assist researchers studying parapsychology and spiritualism. The Survival Research Institute of Canada was founded in 1991 by a directorship of seven: Walter Meyer zu Erpen and Debra Barr, two noted Canadian archivists, Walter Keoki Quan, Claus Michael Thomsen, Janice Irene Stromgren, Paul Dennis Biscop, and Lolita Nevon Wilson. The institute aimed to pursue and promote studies in the field of survival research, which is investigation into whether or not some part of the human consciousness or personality, commonly referred to as spirit, survives physical death and whether that spirit is able to communicate with the living. Based in Victoria, BC, Its representatives carry out the following activities: undertaking research into the history of Spiritualism and psychical research in Canada (including study of the work of a Canadian psychical researcher, Dr. Thomas Glendenning Hamilton, and the relationship of Spiritualist table-tilting phenomena documented by Hamilton and others to theories about psychokinesis); taking part in experiments connected to evidence of spirit survival brought through mediumship; sponsoring public education on subjects relevant to survival research through workshops, lectures, and demonstrations of mediumship; participating in media interviews; presenting academic lectures in Canada, the United States and Europe; and directing relevant records of Canadian organizations and individuals to appropriate archival repositories. On May 24, 2000, the institute became a registered charity.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

This is the second accession of materials to this fonds, which was created by the donor himself, consisting of 6 additional spiritualist hymnals and manuals used by spiritualist organizations from 1926 onward. The hymnals and manuals are bound books and therefore do not have a folder.

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Arrangement of the Papers

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this material.

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Restrictions on Use

Users must abide by the relevent copyright legislation

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Related Materials

This fonds is one of a series of fonds and collections donated by Walter Meyer zu Erpen related to survival and parapsychology research. Other such fonds and collections donatd by Meyer zu Erpen are the Survival Research Institute of Canada fonds (MSS 372; A11-60), A.R.G. (George) and Iris M.. Owen fonds (MSS 373, PC 328, EL 38; A11-61), Survival Research Newsletters and Periodicals Collection (MSS 374; A11-62), Debra Barr and Walter Meyer zu Erpen Research and Publication Collection (MSS 375; A11-63)Jenny O'Hara Pincock fonds (MSS 376; A11-64), Kenneth J. Batcheldor fonds (MSS 378, EL 39; A11-66), Albert Batten fonds (MSS 379, PC 329, EL 40; A11-67), Olga Park fonds (MSS 380; A11-71), Howard Reed fonds (MSS 381, EL 41; A11-107). Also related, but not donated by Meyer zu Erpen, is the Hamilton Family fonds (Mss 14, Pc 12, Tc 70; A.79-21, A.79-41, A.79-52, A.79-56, A.79-65, A.80-08, A.80-25, A.81-09, A.86-56).

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Custodial History

This accession was donated by Walter Meyer zu Erpen of the Survival Research Institute of Canada in 2015.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Spiritualist Hymnals and Manuals Collection (A15-138) [ 1926-1976 ]

BoxFolder
1 British Spiritualists' Lyceum Union - "The Lyceum Manual, for Use in Spiritualist Progressive Lyceums connected with British Spiritualists' Churches and Kindred Bodies" (children's edition; reprint) 1930
National Spiritualist Association of Churches - "Spiritualist Hymnal: A Revised Collection of Words and Music for the Congregation" 1951
National Spiritualist Association of the USA - "Spiritualist Lyceum Manual, for Use in Spiritualist Progressive Lyceums" (4th edition) 1976
Spiritualists' Lyceum Union - "The Lyceum Manual, for Use in Progressive Lyceums connected with Spiritualists' Churches and Kindred Bodies" (14th revised edition) 1952
Spiritualists' Lyceum Union - "The Lyceum Officers' Manual (A Compendium of Physical, Moral an Spiritual Exercises): For Use in Progressive Lyceums connected with British Spiritualists' Churches and Kindred Bodies" (3rd edition; reprint) 1926
Spiritualists' Lyceum Union - "The Lyceum Officers' Manual: For Use in Progressive Lyceums connected with Spiritualists' Churches and Kindred Churches; and The Lyceum Manual: For Use in Progressive Lyceums connected with Spiritualists' Churches and Kindred Bodies" [two books published together] (6th revised edition/15th revised edition) 1957/1958

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