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Finding Aid for the Gerald Heard papers, 1935-1971
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gerald Heard papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1971
    Collection number: 1054
    Creator: Heard, Gerald, 1889-1971
    Extent: 41 boxes (20.5 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes
    Abstract: Henry Fitzgerald Heard (October 6, 1889-August 14, 1971) was interested in parapsychology, Vedanta, philosophy, and religion. He took honors in history at Cambridge, 1911, where he also did his postgraduate work in philosophy of religions. He lectured at Oxford University and on the radio and wrote Ascent of Humanity. He later founded Trabuco College as a center for spiritual studies. As Gerald Heard, he wrote philosophical works such as The Emergence of Man and The Creed of Christ. Under the name H.F. Heard, he wrote mysteries. The collection consists of Heard's manuscripts of published and unpublished books, correspondence, tape recordings of Heard's lectures, lecture notes, articles, books from Heard's library, photographs, and ephemera. It also includes manuscripts by others as well as an oil painting of Heard by Aldous Huxley (1933).
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Jay Michael Barrie, 1978-87.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gerald Heard Papers (Collection 1054). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    Born Henry Fitzgerald Heard on October 6, 1889 in London, England; took honors in history at Cambridge, 1911, where he did postgraduate work in philosophy of religions from 1911-1912; lecturer at Oxford University; lectured on the radio 1929-1971; wrote Ascent of Humanity; came to the United States in 1937 with Aldous Huxley; was briefly chairman of the Department of Historical Anthropology at Duke; moved to California, working with the Society of Friends and the Pacific Coast Institute of International Affairs; directed Conference of the Spiritual Life, La Verne College, 1941; founded Trabuco College as a center for spiritual studies; as "Gerald Heard," wrote philosophical works such as The Emergence of Man and The Creed of Christ; wrote mysteries under the name "H.F. Heard;" died August 14, 1971 in Santa Monica, California.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of Heard's manuscripts of published and unpublished books, correspondence, sixteen boxes of tape recordings of Heard's lectures, lecture notes, articles, books from Heard's library, photographs, and ephemera related to Heard's interests in parapsychology, Vedanta, philosophy, and religion. Includes manuscripts by others as well as an oil painting of Heard by Aldous Huxley (1933).

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Tape recordings of lectures (Boxes 1-16).
    2. Lecture notes (Boxes 16-22).
    3. Articles (Boxes 22-24).
    4. Miscellaneous articles (Box 24).
    5. Unidentified manuscripts (Box 24).
    6. Manuscripts of published and unpublished books (Boxes 25-28, 31).
    7. Explorations, a record (Box 28).
    8. Manuscripts by others (Box 28).
    9. Correspondence (Boxes 29, 36-38).
    10. Ephemera (Boxes 29-30).
    11. Photographs (Boxes 32-33).
    12. Books (Boxes 34-35, 39-41).
    13. Recordings of Gerald Heard (Box 42).
    14. Portraits (Box 43).

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Heard, Gerald, 1889-1971--Archives.
    Authors, English--20th century--Archival resources.
    Philosophy and religion--Archival resources.
    Parapsychology--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Audio recordings.

    Related Material

    Aldous Huxley Papers  (Collection 2009). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.