Finding Aid for the Zamin Ki Dost Papers, 1930-1960

Processed by Esther Vésey; machine-readable finding aid created by Alight Tsai and Caroline Cubé
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 2003
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Zamin Ki Dost Papers, 1930-1960

Collection number: 740

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Esther Vésey, 15 August 1961
Encoded by:
Alight Tsai and Caroline Cubé
Text converted and initial container list EAD tagging by:
Apex Data Services
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, June 2003
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Zamin Ki Dost Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1930-1960
Collection number: 740
Creator: Zamin Ki Dost, 1866-1947
Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Zamin Ki Dost (1866-1947) was a medical missionary in India and lectured throughout the U.S. for Armenian Relief before settling in Los Angeles to teach philosophy and write stories and poems. The collection consists of literary manuscripts, including a manuscript biography by Zamin Ki Dost's disciple, Mattaline G. Crabtree, manuscripts of Dost's mystical teachings interpreted by Crabtree, correspondence between Lawrence Clark Powell and Crabtree, and ephemera.
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.
Language: English.

Administrative 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.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Additional Physical Form Available

A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Zamin Ki Dost Papers (Collection 740). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 3649372 

Biography

Born Willimina Leonora Armstrong in Nebraska in 1866 and educated in Philadelphia, Zamin Ki Dost went to India in 1887 as a medical missionary; her experience furnished the material for her book, Incense of sandalwood; near the end of the century she lectured throughout the U.S. for Armenian Relief; in 1901 settled in Los Angeles, a semi-invalid from a broken spine, teaching philosophy from her home and writing stories and poems; published Son of power (1920), stories of India written under the pseudonym Zamin Ki Dost and in collaboration with Will Levington Comfort; she died in 1947.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of literary manuscripts, including a manuscript biography by Zamin Ki Dost's disciple, Mattaline G. Crabtree, manuscripts of Dost's mystical teachings interpreted by Crabtree, correspondence between Lawrence Clark Powell and Crabtree, and ephemera.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Manuscripts.
  2. Correspondence with Dr. Lawrence Clark Powell & ephemera.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Zamin Ki Dost, 1866-1947--Archives.
Crabtree, Mattaline G.
Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906- --Correspondence.
Women authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
Women poets, American--20th century--Archival resources.
Women mystics--United States--Archival resources.


Container List

 

Incense of Sandalwood. Los Angeles, California: Baumgarten Publishing Company, 1904.

Creator/Collector: Armstrong, Willimina Leonora (1866-1947)
Box 1

Copy 1 April 20, 1940.

Scope and Content Note

Holograph inscription in ink, Dear Gertrude..., signed, W.L.A., 2105 Oak Glen Place, Los Angeles, California.
Box 1

Copy 2. June 5, 1938.

Scope and Content Note

Holograph inscription in ink to Carey McWilliams.
Box 1

Essential Things to Know and Do, by the Noor Zhan. Compiled by Her Chela. Los Angeles, California: New Age Publishing Company, 1957.

Creator/Collector: Crabtree, Matteline G. (d. 1960)
Box 1

Pamphlet.

Physical Description: 37pp.
Box 1

Teachings of the Noor Zhan (Answers to Questions) Compiled by Her Chela. n.p., n.d.

Creator/Collector: Crabtree, Matteline G. (d. 1960)

Scope and Content Note

Typescript. 158pp. In brown clip-binder.
 

4 manuscripts:

Creator/Collector: Crabtree, Matteline G. (d. 1960)
Box 1

Phenomena of the Spheres (Flying Saucers) Dictated by the Noor Zhan. n.p., August 10, 1952.

Physical Description: Typescript (carbon) title in holograph. 17 leaves.
Box 1

Three Messages from the Noor Zhan to her Children of the Light. n.p., July-August 1958.

Physical Description: Typescript (carbon) title and closing inscription in holograph. 4 leaves.
Box 1

Essential Things to Know and Do, by the Noor Zham. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: Typescript (mimeograph copy). 23 leaves. Manila covers.

Scope and Content Note

Front cover with holograph title and inscription: Presented to Dr. Lawrence Clark Powell and family with love, by M.G.C.
Box 1

Teachings Concerning Business Practices in the New Era. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: Typescript (mimeograph copy). 2 leaves.

Scope and Content Note

All the manuscripts end with ...The Noor Zhan has spoken through the hand of her Chela.
Box 1

The Noor Zhan, Compiled by Her Chela. [Copy 2] n.p., n.d.

Creator/Collector: Crabtree, Matteline G. (d. 1960)
Physical Description: Typescript (carbon). 768pp. In blue paper box.

Scope and Content Note

9 parts stapled in individual covers, each labeled in holograph. Also included is a 7pp. table of contents. Biography of Willimina L. Armstrong.
Box 3

Correspondence and ephemera re Willimina L. Armstrong. Letters to Dr. Lawrence Clark Powell from Martha.

Physical Description: 41 letters: 25 pieces ephemera.
Box 2

A Basket of Whatnot. n.p., n.d.

Creator/Collector: Armstrong, Willimina Leonora (1866-1947)
Physical Description: Typescript. Some pagination and correction in holograph. 275 leaves. In brown and buff box with title and some notations in holograph.

Scope and Content Note

1 or 2-page poems of essays, each identified as being by Miss Armstrong.
Box 2

India's Gates. n.p., n.d.

Creator/Collector: Armstrong, Willimina Leonora (1866-1947)
Physical Description: Typescript. ca. 400pp. (leaves) In maroon box, with title and some holograph notations on side label.

Scope and Content Note

40 individual stories, each clipped separately; pages unnumbered.
Box 3

Jeopardies of Passion. n.p., n.d.

Creator/Collector: Armstrong, Willimina Leonora (1866-1947)
Physical Description: Typescript. ca. 300 leaves. In maroon box, with title and some holograph notations on side label.

Scope and Content Note

23 individual stories, each clipped separately; pages unnumbered.
Box 3

Miscellaneous manuscripts. n.p., n.d.

Creator/Collector: Armstrong, Willimina Leonora (1866-1947).
Physical Description: Typescripts. 3 pieces.

Scope and Content Note

Included are several leaves of biographic data re Miss Armstrong.