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Finding aid for the Church of Scientology publications, correspondence, and other material 6275
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  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Rights Statement for Archival Description
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation

  • Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Title: Church of Scientology publications, correspondence, and other material
    Creator: Church of Scientology International
    Identifier/Call Number: 6275
    Physical Description: 0.21 Linear Feet 1 box
    Date (inclusive): 1963-1967
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: 1

    Scope and Contents

    A collection of printed and manuscript materials gathered and written by an unidentified New York woman in her early twenties while she was exploring the Church of Scientology during the 1960s. The collection includes 18 printed publications, 13 mimeographed policy letters and other memoranda from the Hubbard Communications Office, three completed "Personality Analysis" self evaluations, a two-page typed manuscript describing the woman's "gains from first auditing intensive," a typed and mimeographed testimonial letter she wrote describing how Scientology changed her life for the better, a nine-page handwritten manuscript--apparently an assignment--describing her first several "assists," and more than 60 pages of her handwritten notes on Scientology texts and coursework. The printed publications include several issues of the official newsletters Ability (published in Washington, D.C., with most or all text by L. Ron Hubbard) and The Auditor (published at Saint Hill Manor in England), as well as a Scientology Training Course Manual and a packet of materials advertising a new series of training courses titled "The Route to Total Power." The identity of the woman who created and compiled the material in this collection is unknown. The woman's name was redacted (crossed out) from all documents that identified her. The documents were redacted prior to the USC Libraries' acquisition of the collection.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Department of Special Collections at specol@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections 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.

    Rights Statement for Archival Description

    Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Walkabout Books, February 28, 2023.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], Church of Scientology publications, correspondence, and other material, Collection no. 6275, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Cults -- Psychological aspects -- Archival resources
    Cults -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    Dianetics -- Archival resources
    Psychology -- United States -- Archival resources
    Scientologists -- United States -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    Scientology -- United States -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    Promotional materials
    Publications (documents)
    Training manuals
    Church of Scientology International -- Archives
    Hubbard, L. Ron (La Fayette Ron), 1911-1986 -- Archives