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Finding Aid for the Gerald Heard papers, 1935-1971
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Description
Henry Fitzgerald Heard (October 6, 1889-August 14, 1971) was interested in parapsychology, Vedanta, philosophy, and religion. He took honors in history at Cambridge, 1911, where he also did his postgraduate work in philosophy of religions. He lectured at Oxford University and on the radio and wrote Ascent of Humanity. He later founded Trabuco College as a center for spiritual studies. As Gerald Heard, he wrote philosophical works such as The Emergence of Man and The Creed of Christ. Under the name H.F. Heard, he wrote mysteries. The collection consists of Heard's manuscripts of published and unpublished books, correspondence, tape recordings of Heard's lectures, lecture notes, articles, books from Heard's library, photographs, and ephemera. It also includes manuscripts by others as well as an oil painting of Heard by Aldous Huxley (1933).
Background
Born Henry Fitzgerald Heard on October 6, 1889 in London, England; took honors in history at Cambridge, 1911, where he did postgraduate work in philosophy of religions from 1911-1912; lecturer at Oxford University; lectured on the radio 1929-1971; wrote Ascent of Humanity; came to the United States in 1937 with Aldous Huxley; was briefly chairman of the Department of Historical Anthropology at Duke; moved to California, working with the Society of Friends and the Pacific Coast Institute of International Affairs; directed Conference of the Spiritual Life, La Verne College, 1941; founded Trabuco College as a center for spiritual studies; as "Gerald Heard," wrote philosophical works such as The Emergence of Man and The Creed of Christ; wrote mysteries under the name "H.F. Heard;" died August 14, 1971 in Santa Monica, California.
Extent
41 boxes (20.5 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes
Restrictions
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.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.