Guide to the Esalen Institute Collection
Processed by David C. Gartrell
Department of Special Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Guide to the Esalen Institute Collection, 1968-1997
Collection number: HPA Mss 8
Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara
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- Date Completed:
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Title: Esalen Institute Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1968-1997
Collection Number: HPA Mss 8
.2 linear ft.
(1 half-size box)
University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Norte
Abstract: This collection represents ephemera created by the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
Esalen Institute Collection. HPA Mss 8. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa
The Esalen Institute was founded in 1962 as an alternative educational center devoted to the exploration of what Aldous Huxley
called the "human potential," the world of unrealized human capacities that lies beyond the imagination. Esalen soon became
known for its blend of East/West philosophies, its experiential/didactic workshops, the steady influx of philosophers, psychologists,
artists, and religious thinkers, and its breathtaking grounds blessed with natural hot springs. Once home to a Native American
tribe known as the Essalen, Esalen is situated on 27 acres of spectacular Big Sur coastline with the Santa Lucia Mountains
rising sharply behind.
Scope and Content of Collection
The collection consists of ephemeral publications from the Esalen Institute, arranged at the folder level by document type.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
The Department of Special Collections also holds an extensive run of Esalen Catologs; see the catalog record in Pegasus for
Box 1: 2
Big Sur Recordings Lists, n.d.
Box 1: 3
Esalen Institute Transformation Project, n.d.
Box 1: 5
Esalen Papers [#1 and #2, Gestalt Therapy]