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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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The Major Original Collections of
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby Materials

Library of Congress

Manuscript Collection of the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.  In 1930, the collection of original Quimby writings, which were the source of articles used by Dr. Horatio W. Dresser in his 1921 book, THE QUIMBY MANUSCRIPTS, were placed in the Library of Congress by Phineas P. Quimby's heirs.  A history of the writings and an account of their presentation was published in the New York Times of April 6th, 1930.  In 1953 the collection was converted to a gift by two of Quimby's granddaughters, Katharine Quimby Carter & Elizabeth Quimby Pineo.  The collection includes:

Eleven handwritten bound volumes of Quimby's articles concerning religion, medicine and science.*  One ledger with newspaper articles pasted to the pages.  Three copies of the document identified as "Questions and Answers", letters from Dr. Daniel Patterson and Mary Baker Patterson (Eddy) to Quimby, various handwritten manuscripts by Quimby, letters from Dr. Quimby to his patients.

*The Library of Congress has since removed these pages from their bindings and preserved them in plastic sleeves.

This collection of Quimby materials has been microfilmed and is available on three microfilm reels from the Library of Congress.  Lucius C. Burkmar's private journal of 1843-1845, which outlines his travels with Quimby has also been microfilmed and is available through the Library of Congress.

Boston University

Historical Manuscript Collection of the Mugar Memorial Library of Boston University, Boston, MA.  (Subsequently moved to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center of Boston University.)  In 1946 or 1947, it was discovered by Erroll Stafford Collie and Dr. Ervin Seale, the Quimby heirs still had additional copies and previously unpublished materials of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby in their possession.  At the suggestion and assistance of Dr. C. Alan Anderson, these materials were placed with Boston University  in 1962 and microfilmed in 1963. The holdings include one box of materials:

Nine bounded volumes of Quimby's articles dating from 1859-1883 concerning religion, medicine, and science.  There are also over 100 articles, lectures, and other writings, some of which are written by other individuals.  Also included in the collection are 48 letters mostly written to Quimby dating from 1843-1864, three patents (two are signed by President Andrew Jackson), accompanied by 13 black and white prints, pencil sketches, and six microfilm reels.

There is a listing of the collection, which is available to scholars who visit their facility to conduct their research.  The collection has been microfilmed for conservation purposes, but copies of the material are not available.  It should be noted that this collection was combined with the Library of Congress collection, and comprise the source materials for the three volume set, Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: THE COMPLETE WRITINGS, Ervin Seale, Editor.  In volume number one of THE COMPLETE WRITINGS, beginning on page 5 of the Preface, Dr. Seale gives an account of his meeting with the Quimby granddaughters and his discovery of this collection of Quimby materials.

Harvard University

Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. On October 1, 1957, Malcolm Dresser and Dorothea Dresser Reeves, the children of Horatio Willis Dresser, who was the son of Julius and Annetta Seabury Dresser, disciples of Quimby, gifted (57M-38) Harvard University with a collection of Quimby related materials. The Preferred Citation for Publication: P. P. (Phineas Parkhurst) Quimby Manuscript Transcripts and Other Papers, ca. 1880-1951 (MS Am 2800). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

This collection is organized in two sections:

Section I. is comprised of six bound copybooks of handwritten manuscript transcripts of selections from Quimby's original writings (items 1-6). These notebook transcripts concerning Quimby's works were possibly copied by Emma G. Ware, Sarah E. Ware, George A. Quimby (his son), and others. The dates of Quimby's work in transcript form are from 1859-1865. These are duplications of Quimby’s original writings found in the Library of Congress and Boston University Collections. (See listings above.)

Section II. is comprised of various related materials:

#7. The Case Against Christian Science : typescript carbon, undated. 1 folder.

#8. Charles Scribner's Sons. The Blight That Failed : printed pamphlet, 1930? 1 folder. Concerns the controversy about Edwin Franden Dakin's book Mrs. Eddy: The Biography of a Virginal Mind.

#9. Clippings and articles concerning Christian Science and the Quimby manuscripts, various dates. 1 folder.

#10. Dittemore, John Valentine, 1876-. Typescript mimeograph copy letter to MacMillan Company, 1930 October 23. 1 folder. Criticizes Lyman Powell's book, Mary Baker Eddy.

#11. Dresser, Julius A. The True History of Mental Science. A Lecture Delivered at the Church of the Divine Unity, Boston, Mass. on Sunday Evening, Feb. 6, 1887 : printed pamphlet, 1887. 1 folder. Printed by Alfred Mudge & Son.

#12. Dresser, Julius A. The True History of Mental Science. The facts concerning the discovery of mental healing : printed pamphlet, 1899. 1 folder. Revised, with notes and additions, by Horatio W. Dresser. Includes a manuscript note: Keep, This last copy I have. GAQ [George A. Quimby].Printed by Geo. H. Ellis.

#13. Hawkins, Ann Ballew, 1892-. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby. Revealer of Spiritual Healing to this Age. His life and what he taught (based on the Quimby manuscripts and original letters in the Library of Congress) : printed pamphlet, 1951. 1 folder. Published by the author.

#14. Notes about the Christian Science controversy : manuscript, undated. 1 folder.

#15. Phillips, Jeane. Mary Baker Eddy's Early Writings Compared With The Quimby Manuscripts. Books I & II : printed pamphlets, 1931 and 1933. 1 folder. 2 items. Pasadena: Toujours Publishing Co.

#16. Wood, Clement, 1888-1950. The Real Mary Baker Eddy : printed pamphlet, 1925. 1 folder. Published by Haldeman-Julius Company; Part of the Little Blue Book series, no. 982.

#17. Wood, Clement, 1888-1950. The Truth About Christian Science : printed pamphlets, 1925. 1 folder. 2 copies. Published by Haldeman-Julius Company; Part of the Little Blue Book series, no. 983.

Belfast Historical Society and Museum

Belfast Historical Society and Museum. 10 Market Street, Belfast, ME 04915. (207) 338-9229. Email: info@belfastmuseum.org Web site: http://www.belfastmuseum.org  The Museum is Open mid-June to Labor Day, Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. After Labor Day to Columbus Day, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed for the season after Columbus Day. Off hours by appointment. Admission is free.  The Quimby Family Holdings include:

# 86024 Quimby, Augusta (A. S. Frederick)—Collection of 7 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings of obituaries (mostly Belfast) 1885-1928.

# 86024 Quimby, Augusta—Collection of newspaper clippings covering events leading to WWI, Waldo County soldiers; Belfast soldiers, etc. Also notes of the Militia of Maine (newspaper clippings pasted over most of these notes).

# 86024 Quimby, Augusta—Tablet, handwritten. 1906 talk by Augusta Quimby Frederick, “Venice, Ancient & Modern”.

# 86024 Quimby, Augusta—Tablet, handwritten. 1907-1914 talk by Augusta Quimby Frederick, “California Missions”.

# 86024 Quimby, George Albert—4 scrapbooks of columns written by George A. Quimby for various newspapers; “Our George” columns.

#86024 Quimby, George A.—Scrapbook of newspaper clippings of different authors including; Mark Twain, George A. Quimby.

# 86024 Quimby, George A.—Scrapbook containing a collection of newspaper articles by various authors of interest to George.

# 86024 Quimby, George A.—Scrapbook containing a collection of “Our George” clippings, 1883-1885.

# 200319 Quimby, George A.—

1). Letter, 1807, from grandfather Chase to his wife Adelaide. (George’s wife Adelaide Chase Quimby).

2). Booklet “Notes Along the Way” by George Quimby about a trip from Maine to the Thousand Islands in Sept. 1884 by rail and steamboat.

3). Copies of Republican Journal newspaper, 9/8/1836 and June 1905 (High school graduation of Katharine & Elizabeth Quimby, George’s daughters).

4). “Old Houses of Belfast” (100 years old or more, written in 1911, updated by Elizabeth Mosher).

5). “Recollections of the Civil War” read by Augusta Quimby on 12/17/1917 at the Unitarian Alliance Women.

6). Augusta Quimby’s journal of newspaper clippings 1913-1914.

7). Maine Working Man’s Advocate 7/24/1833.

8). Library of Congress letter to Mrs. Katharine Quimby Carter & Elizabeth Pineo acknowledging the gift of Quimby papers. Dec. 21, 1953.

# 200319 Quimby, Augusta—Scrapbook of newspaper clippings; Col. Philo Hersey information 1913-1914.

# 86024 Quimby, Augusta—Scrapbook of newspaper clippings 1917.

# 86024 Quimby, John Haraden—Journal of life of John Haraden Quimby starting with his marriage to Annie M. Noyes June 21, 1859—June 28, 1860.

# 86024 Frederick, Charles W.—Journal entitled: “A Condensed Account of a Trip Across the Ocean—With All the Notes, Items, Incidents and Accidents Connected With the Same.” Handwritten June 30, 1874-Sept. 1874.

# 86024 Quimby, John H.—Journal, handwritten: “A Trip to California and Back; and What I Saw in 30 Days or More” April, 1891.

# 200319 Book: The Quimby Manuscripts. Edited by Horatio W. Dresser, introduction by Ervin Seale, Julian Press, 1961.

# 200319 Book: The Quimby Manuscripts, Thomas Y. Crowell Co. publishers. Edited by Horatio W. Dresser, 1921.

# 200319 Book: The Philosophy of P. P. Quimby, by Annetta Gertrude Dresser, 3rd edition, 1899.

# 200319 Book: Mary Baker Eddy, by Ernest Sutherland Bates, PHD and John Dittemore, Alfred A. Knopf NY, 1932.

# 200319 McClure’s Magazine December 1906. Editorial announcement Mary Baker Eddy; The Story of Her Life and the History of Christian Science.

# 200319 Tintype photo album-miniature 16 “jewel” tintypes of Quimby family—P. P. Quimby included.

# 030035.1 Computer CD—Phineas Parkhurst Quimby Concordance compiled by Ron Hughes 2003.

# 030035.2 Quimby, John H.—Reproduction of Belfast Hydrant Engine Company #2—1849 minutes and fire records kept by John H. Quimby.

# 030035.3 Computer CD—Phineas P. Quimby Historical Newspaper Articles.

# 951108 Book: Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: The Complete Writings, 3 volume set , Ervin Seale, editor, DeVorss & Company 1988.

1 pair wooden clock hands from town clock in First Church tower—P. P. Quimby and Timothy Chase clockmakers.

INTA Addington Archives
and Research Center

International New Thought Alliance - Addington Archives and Research Center. 5003 East Broadway Road, Mesa, AZ. 85206. (480) 830-2461.
Web site: http://www.newthoughtalliance.com/archives.htm
Email: intaarchives@newthoughtalliance.org  The Addition Archives and Research Center houses the world's largest collection of New Thought materials.  Some of their specific Quimby related materials include:

Nautilus Article:

He Was America's First Metaphysical Healer, by Amos Beattie, Issue #10.,1948, page 17.

New Thought Quarterly Articles:

Phineas P. Quimby, Scientist, by Erroll Stafford Collie, Spring, 1953, page 23.

Phineas P. Quimby, Scientist, by Erroll Stafford Collie, Winter, 1953, page 13.

QUIMBY: HIS THEORY AND PRACTICE, HORATIO DRESSER, by Ervin Seale, Spring, 1976, page 20.

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, by Ann Ballew Hawkins, Spring, 1952, page 31.

PHINEAS PARKHURST QUIMBY, by W. Frederick Keeler, Winter, 1945, page 7.

PHINEAS PARKHURST QUIMBY, by W. Frederick Keeler, Spring, 1993, page 10.

QUIMBY'S METHOD OF TREATMENT, by Dr. Joseph Murphy, Spring, 1959, page 25.

Pioneers in New Thought, by Phineas P. Quimby, Summer, 1973, page 24.

UNPUBLISHED WRITINGS, by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, Spring, 1948, page 11.

QUIMBY - HIS THEORY AND PRACTICE - PART I, by Dr. Ervin Seale, Summer, 1955, page 17.

QUIMBY - HIS THEORY AND PRACTICE - PART II, by Dr. Ervin Seale, Autumn, 1955, page 31.

New Thought Quarterly Inspirations Prayer & Poems:

Great Affirmations, by Phineas P. Quimby, Winter, 1960, page 34.

New Thought Quarterly Reviews:

QUIMBY'S SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS - ERROLL STAFFORD COLLIE, book reviewed by Dr. Herman J. Aaftink, Summer, 1981, page 28.

THE QUIMBY MANUSCRIPTS - HORATIO W. DRESSER, book reviewed by Eden Gray, Spring, 1962, page 52.

PHINEAS PARKHURST QUIMBY - ANN BALLEW HAWKINS, book reviewed by Charles Barker, Autumn, 1951, page 31.

PHINEAS PARKHURST QUIMBY - THE COMPLETE WRITINGS - DR. ERVIN SEALE, books reviewed by Dimas R. Avila, Summer, 1989, page 32.

Audio and Video:

The Quimby Writings - by Dr. Ervin Seale, 4 cassette tapes on The Quimby Writings.  Recorded at Unity Village Chapel, in February, 1981. #2002-41-001.

Books and Booklets:

The Healing Wisdom of Dr. P. P. Quimby, by Mason Alonzo Clark, book, self-published, Los Altos, CA., 1982.

Quimby's Science of Happiness, by Erroll Stafford Collie, book, DeVorss & Co., Marina del Rey, CA., 1980.

Philosophy of Phineas P. Quimby, by Annetta Gertrude Dresser, book, Church of The Truth, Boston, MA., 1895.

Philosophy of Phineas P. Quimby, by Annetta Gertrude Dresser, book, Church of The Truth, Boston, MA., 1895.

The Quimby Manuscripts, by Horatio W. Dresser, book, originally published 1921, republished by Julian Press, Inc., New York, NY., 1961.

The Quimby Manuscripts, by Horatio W. Dresser, book, originally published 1921, republished by University Books, Inc., New York, NY., 1961

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, by Ann Ballew Hawkins, book, DeVorss & Co., Santa Monica, CA., originally published 1951, republished 1974.

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, by Ann Ballew Hawkins, book, DeVorss & Co., Santa Monica, CA., originally published 1951, republished 1974.

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, by Ann Ballew Hawkins, book, self-published, 1951, 1st edition.

Mingling Minds - Some Commentary on the Philosophy and Practice of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, by Dr. Ervin Seale, booklet, Tide Press, Linden, NJ., 1986. ISBN # 0-912931-04-3.

The True History of Mental Science, by Julius A. Dresser, booklet, Alfred Mudge & Son., Boston, MA.,1887.

Lectures, Seminars, Lessons, Class Notes, Manuscripts, Documents, Research Papers, Articles, and Editorials:

Healing Idealism of P. P. Quimby, W. F. Evans, and the New Thought Movement, by Dr. C. Alan Anderson, manuscript, 3 copies.

Keeler's Lessons on The Simplified Quimby Teaching, Lesson 1--Relating to Chapter 14, Paragraphs 1 to 5 inclusive of The Quimby Manuscripts, by Frederick Keeler, lesson, 1938, 1 copy.

Keeler's Lessons on The simplified Quimby Teaching, Lesson 2--Relating to Chapter 14, Paragraphs 6 to 8 inclusive of The Quimby Manuscripts, by Frederick Keeler, lesson, 1938, 1 copy.

Notes On Class Lectures of Julius A. Dresser and his wife Annetta (Seabury) Dresser.  These Notes were taken by Mrs. Harriett Hemmenway beginning in January, 1887.

Dresser Lecture Notes taken by Abby Perry in Boston, Mass., 1887.

Synopsis of Mrs. Dresser's Lecture of Jan. 17th, 1888, copies from Abby Perry's notes.

Periodicals, Newsletters, and Magazines:

The Quimby Letter, Erroll S. Collie & Dr. Ervin Seale, monthly newsletter, letter 1, Builder Press, New York, NY., 1 copy.

The Quimby Letter, Erroll S. Collie & Dr. Ervin Seale, monthly newsletter, letter 2, Builder Press, New York, NY., 1 copy.

The Quimby Letter, Erroll S. Collie & Dr. Ervin Seale, monthly newsletter, letter 3, Builder Press, New York, NY., 1 copy.

The Quimby Letter, Erroll S. Collie & Dr. Ervin Seale, monthly newsletter, letter 4, Builder Press, New York, NY., 1 copy.

The Quimby Letter, Erroll S. Collie & Dr. Ervin Seale, monthly newsletter, letter 5, Builder Press, New York, NY., 1 copy.

The Quimby Letter, Erroll S. Collie & Dr. Ervin Seale, monthly newsletter, letter 6, Builder Press, New York, NY., 1 copy.

The Quimby Letter, Erroll S. Collie & Dr. Ervin Seale, monthly newsletter, letter 7, Builder Press, New York, NY., 1 copy.

The Quimby Letter, Erroll S. Collie & Dr. Ervin Seale, monthly newsletter, letter 8, Builder Press, New York, NY., 1 copy.

The Quimby Letter, Erroll S. Collie & Dr. Ervin Seale, monthly newsletter, letter 9, Builder Press, New York, NY., 1 copy.

— Updated November 3, 2012

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