“The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species.”Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
The Alexandria West library seeks to preserve and provide access to primary research materials in their original formats, including books, periodicals, manuscripts, photos, recordings and other items of historical and philosophical significance in order to support educational and research activities germane to Universal Perennialism.
The Alexandria West Library and its associated Special Collections serve as a resource for Alexandria West, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and promotion of Universal Perennialism: the view that each of the world’s religions share universal truths. The library’s central focus encompasses the preservation of materials germane to the ancients and modern Perennialistic currents, including the modern Theosophical Movement, otherwise known as Theosophy. This modern Theosophical Movement was originally founded in New York in 1875 as The Theosophical Society, though it soon after splintered into numerous independent groups and syncretised into an ever growing variety of expressions such as the Arcane School, Golden Dawn, and severalRosicrucian Followships. The library seeks to include this Movement’s various factions and syncretic developments, as well as its foreshadowing literature found in Spiritualism, Swedenborgism, Transcendentalism etc., as well as all other theosophies or perennialist efforts.
Alexandria West seeks to preserve and provide access to primary research materials in their original formats, including books, periodicals, manuscripts, original documents, photos,recordings and other items of historical and philosophical significance in order to support educational and research activities germane to Universal Perennialism.
The library’s and special collections’ primary users are the associates of Alexandria West as well as researchers engaged in graduate or post graduate studies or in independent research aimed to contribute to the public's understanding of Universal Perennialism whether from a historical or philosophical perspective. We estimate the holdings to be about 15,000 volumes of published books; 564 unique periodical and newspaper titles in compete and partial runs; about 2,000 titles of pamphlets.
The Focus is upon original editions of books, journals, pamphlets ect. Produced by the various Theosophical efforts dating from 1875 as well as revised editions when they are of special historical significance. For instance the first and subsequent editions of Isis Unveiled and The Secret Document are preserved here. The collection also includes copies of the the source works H.P. Blavatsky used in the production of her own writings.
The focus is upon preserving primary texts of the world's religions, mythologies, schools of Eastern and Western philosophy, ancient sciences, Spiritualism (with a focus upon the period from 1850-1875). This collection includes general treatments of the perennialist philosophy and its associated journals.