Subject files, manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, photographs and ephemera of Isaac Bonewits (1949–2010), writer, lecturer,
and liturgist with considerable influence on the American Neopagan and Earth religion movements of the late 20th century.
Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits (1949–2010) was a writer, lecturer, and liturgist with considerable influence on the American
Neopagan and Earth religion movements of the late 20th century. Bonewits first became involved with Neopaganism while an undergraduate
at UC Berkeley, where he joined the Reformed Druids of North America. He went on to become the University of California’s
first—and, to date, only—graduate to receive a degree in magic. Bonewits published his first book,
Real Magic, shortly after graduation, quickly establishing himself as a leader in the Neopagan community. He eventually founded the
Neopagan Druidic group Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, which is still functioning. Bonewits was a member of the Aquarian
Anti-Defamation League. and wrote extensively about the history of modern pagan witchcraft, much of which is unpublished.
In the course of his research and writing career, he collected correspondence from many notable figures in the movement.
21.25 linear feet
(17 cartons, 1 oversize box)
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