Finding aid for the Church of Scientology publications, correspondence, and other material 6275

Bo Doub -- with collection-level notes adapted from the seller, Walkabout Books.
USC Libraries Special Collections
2023 March
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089-0189

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 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