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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 34

Blavatsky, H. P. (Helena Petrovna). Letters, 1885-1890.


Correspondence between occult writer, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, and William Quan Judge. The correspondence spans 1885-1890.


  • Creation: 1885-1890


1 box

Collection includes correspondence between Madame Blavatsky and William Quan Judge, who was general secretary of the American Section of the Theosophical Society. Background information about these letters appeared in the October-January, 1992-1993, double issue of Theosophical History, and the letters themselves were transcribed and published in volumes 5-6, 1994-1996, of this publication. The collection was microfilmed and the microfilm is included in this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) was born in Russia and was one of the most influential writers in the occult world. In 1875, along with Henry Olcott and William Quan Judge, she founded the Theosophical Society to promote universal brotherhood, investigate laws of nature and latent human powers, and study comparative religion, philosophy, and science. Madame Blavatsky, as she is known, studied the occult for nearly 25 years and claimed to be able to perform mental and physical feats such as levitation, clairvoyance, and telepathy. The primary text of the Theosophical Society, Isis Unveiled, was written by Blavatsky in 1877.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Genevieve L. Griscom Charitable Trust, 1968.

Related Materials

For related collection, see bMS 516, James Ralston Skinner.

Blavatsky, H. P. (Helena Petrovna), 1885-1890. Letters: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University Repository

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