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Inventory of the Mildred R. and James L. Gillingham New Religious Movement Collection
GTU 2008-6-02  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Names
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mildred R. and James L. Gillingham New Religious Movement collection
    Dates: 1925-1970
    Collection number: GTU 2008-6-02
    Collector: Gillingham, Mildred R.
    Collector: Gillingham, James L.
    Collection Size: 11 boxes, 1 folio (10 linear feet)
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    Abstract: The collection contains ephemera, printed materials and correspondence on Hindu, Buddhism, Theosophy, new age, religious science, UFOs, Society of Friends, new thought Christian writers and related materials. Within these materials are correspondence and writings from some well known 20th century figures from related fields.
    Physical location: 7/J/1-5
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    Mildred R. and James L. Gillingham New Religious Movement collection, GTU 2008-6-02. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Maya Gillingham Chung in June 2008.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The collection includes materials and correspondence collected by Mildred Newell Rider Gillingham (1893-1984) and James Love Gillingham (1893-1970), who lived in Oakland, Alameda and Los Altos. Materials also include writings and mentions of their son, Peter Newell Gillingham, who had similar interests in alternative religious and scientific fields.
    This collection supplements the GTU's other New Religious Movement collections.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains ephemera, printed materials and correspondence on Hindu, Buddhism, Theosophy, new age, religious science, UFOs, Society of Friends, new thought Christian writers and related materials. Within the collection are correspondence and writings from some well known 20th century figures: Margaret Taylor Fisk (sacred dance pioneer), Cedric Wright (violinist and wilderness photographer), Ida Hagen Marshall (author), Ruth Fuller Sasaki (Zen translator) and Howard Thurman (co-minister of Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, San Francisco). Four boxes of other correspondence (friends, acquaintances and business) have not been processed but are in the original alphabetical folder order.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged as follows: Series 1. Subjects/Organizations/People; Series 2, Serials; Series 3, Pamhlets. Series 4, Family Correspondence.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Divination.
    LSD (Drug)
    New Age movement.
    Parapsychology.
    Society of Friends.
    Unidentified flying object cults.
    Zen Buddhism.

    Taylor, Margaret Fisk
    Wright, Cedric
    Marshall, Ida Hagen
    Sasaki, Ruth Fuller, 1893-1967
    Thurman, Howard, 1900-1891
    Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples

    Other Finding Aids

    See other New Religious Movements collections.

    Separated Material

    The original donation included around 700 books and four boxes of serials and pamphlets. Half of the books will be incorporated into the circulating collection. The other half, duplicates of the GTU collection, were sold at the annual book sale. Publications that supplemented existing serials were added to the periodical collection.