The writings of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby presented on our web site are based on independent research that culminated in the publication of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond in October of 2009. The original handwritten Quimby documents are located in the Library of Congress, in Washington D. C., and the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center of Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. Additional handwritten copies of these documents are located at Houghton Library of Harvard University.
The Quimby writings span a period of roughly 21 years, from 1844 to 1865. Our publication is a textual transcription of P. P. Quimby’s writings that is free of editorial interpretations. As the Quimby writings are handwritten documents, they do not include interpretative editing such as the use of italics. More information about the collections and the research for this publication may be found in the left–hand sidebar here.
The Quimby writings presented here do not include the recently rediscovered materials in our publication Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond.
Lecture Notes: A collection of seven untitled bound booklets, simply numbered one through seven, are preserved in the Boston University collection. Published for the first time in 1988 by Ervin Seale and the Quimby Memorial Church and Foundation, the internal evidence of these booklets would suggest they were written sometime after 1844 and prior to 1847.
Dr. Quimby’s Letters to His Patients: Although he held no formal academic degrees, the title of Doctor was bestowed on Phineas Parkhurst Quimby by his friends, family, and the more than 12 thousand people who came to him, seeking relief from physical ailments and undesirable conditions. There are approximately 70 letters to his patients, in the Boston University collection.
Phineas P. Quimby’s Writings: The largest body of material is in the form of articles or essays. “Park”, as he was called by his friends and family, sometimes referred to these writings as “pieces”. These original source writings are preserved in both the Library of Congress and Boston University.
The Quimby Writings online here may be searched:
Chronologically: (where possible, not all of the materials are dated). By tracing the writings in chronological order, the reader can follow Quimby’s personal spiritual progression from a mesmerist (hypnotist), as found in the earliest pages of his lecture notes, to his final and most productive years as an astonishing spiritual healer and teacher.
Alphabetically: You may quickly and easily find any of Quimby’s writings in alphabetical order.
Concordance: An Internet version of the Phineas Parkhurst Quimby — Concordance on CD ROM, has been added to this web site and may be used free of charge. To access the Internet Concordance System, please click here.
Updated March 9, 2012.