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Society of Pragmatic Mysticism records
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Description
Consists of 7 boxes of material relating to the Society of Pragmatic Mysticism and its founder, Mildred Mann, and documenting their beliefs and activities from the 1930s to the early 2000s. Included are 53 audiocassettes and 1 CD containing lectures, discussions, and meditations.
Background
The Society of Pragmatic Mysticism was formed in New York City by Mildred Mann (1904-1971), a teacher of metaphysics within the New Thought movement. Originally a student of Emmet Fox, Mann went on to write several books, correspondence courses, pamphlets, and tracts, which formed the core of the society's teachings. The society was initially run from a facility in Midtown Manhattan which featured space for meetings and lectures, a library, a bookstore, and offices. After her death, Mann was succeeded in leadership by the establishment of a directorship of the society, initially filled by Leonebel Connaway. The headquarters of the society were then moved to a Midtown apartment. Under the guidance of its board of trustees, the society continued to publish and promote Mann's teachings, primarily by mail, for many years. In 1980 the society was reestablished in Pawlet, Vermont, and in 1995 it reported 30,000 members worldwide, with the majority residing in Nigeria.
Extent
7.79 linear feet (6 cartons, 1 flat oversize box, 53 audiocassettes, 1 CD)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
Availability
The collection is open for research.