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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 516

Skinner, J. Ralston (James Ralston). Papers, 1863-1887.


Letters to leading theosophist James Ralson Skinner, including six letters (1887) by Helene Petrovna Blavatsky and six (1871-1880) by James A. Garfield. The papers cover 1863-1887.


  • 1863-1887.


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2 boxes

This collection consists of letters to James Ralston Skinner, including six letters (1887) by Helene Petrovna Blavatsky and six (1871-1880) by James A. Garfield. The letters are arranged alphabetically by author's name, and within an individual's letters, the arrangement is by addressee and date.

Biographical / Historical

James Ralston Skinner was a leading theosophist and colleague of Helene Petrovna Blavatsky, the founder of the theosophist movement. He wrote A Key to the Hebrew-Egyptian Mystery in the Source of Measures (1875).


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. Collection information and photograph of Madame Blavatsky
  2. Series II. Correspondence
  3. Series III. Miscellaneous items

Related Materials

For related collection, please see bMS 34.

Skinner, J. Ralston (James Ralston). Papers, 1863-1887: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University Repository

Special Collections at Harvard Divinity School Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies. Known as Andover-Harvard Theological Library since 1911, it was renamed the Harvard Divinity School Library in 2021.

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