Spiritualist Hymnals and Manuals Collection:

Inventory prepared by Jarad Buckwold
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(February 25, 2013)

Finding aid encoded by Jarad Buckwold (February 25, 2013)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba

Creator:
Spiritualist Hymnals and Manuals Collection

Title:
Spiritualist Hymnals Collection

Dates:
1921-1998

Quantity:
0.13 metres of textual records

Identification:
MSS 377 (A11-65)

English

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Administrative History of Spiritualist Hymnals and Manuals Collection

The Survival Research Institute of Canada was founded in 1991. The institute aimed to pursue and promote studies in the field of survival research, which is investigation into whether 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 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 was federally incorperated and became a registered charity. The founding members were: 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.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The collection was arranged in part by the transferring agent in accordance with specifications he provided. This particular collection consists of 15 spiritualist hymnals and manuals used by spiritualist organizations from 1928 onward. The hymnals and manuals are bound books and therefore do not have folders.

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this material

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Related Materials

This collection is one of a series of fonds and collections transferred to the Archives by Walter Meyer zu Erpen, President of the Survival Research Institute of Canada, related to survival and parapsychology research. Other such fonds and collections transferred 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), Mary Olga Park fonds (MSS 380; A11-71), Howard Reed fonds (MSS 381, EL 41; A11-107). Also related, but not transferred 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

The collection was donated by the Survival Research Institute of Canada and transferred to the Archives in 2011 by Walter Meyer zu Erpen, the Institute's President.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Spiritualist Hymnals and Manuals Collection [ 1921-1998? ]
BoxFolder
1N/A Spiritualist Hymnals and Manuals Collection 1921-1998?
  • “The British Spiritualists' Propaganda Hymn Book” (revised edition) (1939)
  • “The Canadian National Spiritualists' Propaganda Hymn Book” (nd)
  • Dallas, H.A. (compiler) “Communion and Fellowship: A Manual Dedicated to Those who Have Passed Beyond the Veil” (1921)
  • Greater World Christian Spiritualist League – “Hymn Book” (nd)
  • National Spiritualist Association of Churches of the United States of America – “NSAC Spiritualist Manual” (16th revision) (1998)
  • National Spiritualist Association of Churches – “Spiritualist Hymnal” (3rd edition) (nd)
  • National Spiritualist Association of Churches – “Spiritualist Lyceum Manual, for Use in Spiritualist Progressive Lyceums” (5th edition) (1993)
  • Spiritualists' Lyceum Union – “The Lyceum Officers' Manual: For Use in Progressive Lyceums connected with Spiritualists' Churches and Kindred Churches” (6th revised edition) (1957)
  • Spiritualists' National Union – “Hymn Book” (10th edition) (1928)
  • Spiritualists' National Union – “Hymn Book” (1976)
  • Spiritualists' National Union – “Hymn Book” (1976)
  • Spiritualists' National Union – “Ministers Handbook” (nd)

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