UCLA Library Department of Special Collections

The Gerald Heard Papers 1935-1971 (Collection 1054), initiated upon the approval of Gerald Heard, and donated in 1978 by Gerald Heard's personal secretary Jay Michael Barrie, are housed in the UCLA Library Department of Special Collections at the Young Research Library at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The Gerald Heard Papers consist of literary manuscripts, correspondence, lecture notes, tape and disc recordings, photographs and slides, ephemera, books by and about him, and related materials. This is the most extensive archival repository of Heardian materials. For information concerning research of The Gerald Heard Papers, visit the website of the UCLA Library Department of Special Collections at UCLA.

A detailed Finding Aid, indexing the contents of The Gerald Heard Papers, is available at the Online Archive of California.

In addition, correspondence from Gerald Heard to Sidney Cohen, Aldous Huxley, and Bernadine Fritz are held in the UCLA Library Department of Special Collections at the Young Research Library at UCLA: 


Modern Archives Centre, King's College, Cambridge

The Modern Archives Centre at King's College Library, Cambridge holds a quantity of letters by Gerald Heard to G. Lowes Dickinson, E.M. Forster, Raisley Moorsom, G.W.H. Rylands, W.J.H. Sprott, and Elizabeth Trevelyan. 


Dartington Hall

Dartington Hall Trust, in Devon, England, houses correspondence from 1923 to 1937 between Gerald Heard and Dartington’s Leonard Elmhirst, Dorothy Elmhirst, and William Curry, as well as Margaret Isherwood and William Sheldon.

Correspondence between Gerald Heard and Dorothy Elmhirst is also held at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University Library, as follows: Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst Papers from Dartington Hall.


Georgetown University

The Special Collections Department at Lauinger Library at Georgetown University holds notes on Gerald Heard by the Rev. John Courtney Murray, S.J., as well as four items of correspondence between Gerald Heard and broadcaster Lisa Sergio from 1953.


Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin contains correspondence between Gerald Heard and ten individuals, including Christopher Morley, Lady Ottoline Morrell, Nancy Wilson Ross, Lady Sandwich, and C.P. Snow, as well as reviews of two of Gerald Heard's books and a typescript copy of The Five Ages of Man. 


Indiana University

The Lilly Library at Indiana University at Bloomington houses correspondence between Gerald Heard and Lewis Browne, J. Francis McComas, Upton Sinclair, and W.A.P. White (a.k.a. Anthony Boucher). Their link is as follows: The Lilly Library, Indiana University


Irish Co-operative Organisation Society

The Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society, based in The Plunkett House on Merrion Square in Dublin, houses 37 items of correspondence from 1922 to 1931 between Gerald Heard and Sir Horace Plunkett.


Library of Congress

The Library of Congress in Washington D.C. stores many historical articles by Gerald Heard, as well as correspondence between Gerald Heard and Clare Boothe Luce in the Papers of Clare Boothe Luce.


Peace Pledge Union

The Peace Pledge Union, located in London, holds a file of articles and extracts by and about Gerald Heard, specifically relating to pacifism, from 1934 to 1936. In addition, the Union holds a file of materials on Aldous Huxley.


The Stepping Stones Foundation

The Stepping Stones Foundation, located at Bedford Hills, New York, houses correspondence between Gerald Heard and Bill and Lois Wilson, the respective co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Al-Anon Family Groups.


Swarthmore College Peace Collection

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania houses correspondence between Gerald Heard and Rev. John Nevin Sayre, as well as pamphlets written by Gerald Heard.


The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky holds a carbon copy of one letter from Fr. Thomas Merton to Gerald Heard from 1964.


Tufts University

Tufts University maintains the Tufts Digital Library, which has preserved Gerald Heard's early 1950s contribution to Edward R. Murrow's radio program This I Believe.


University of Delaware

The University of Delaware's Special Collections Department holds three items of correspondence between Gerald Heard and literary agent Nancy Pearn (Nancy Pern Papers) from the mid-1930s.


University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky's Special Collections and Archives Service Center houses correspondence between Gerald Heard and Frontier Nursing Service founder Mary Breckinridge. From The University of Kentucky Libraries, select Kentuckiana Digital Library, then select Archival Finding Aids Collection. Search for Frontier Nursing Service Collection, then select "standard view" and scroll down to the Mary Breckinridge link.


University of Oregon

The Special Collections Department at the University of Oregon houses The James C. Ingebretsen Papers, which include miscellaneous writings and correspondence by Gerald Heard, The William C. Mullendore Papers, which includes correspondence with Gerald Heard, as well as 62 reel-to-reel tapes and 17 audio-cassette tapes by Gerald Heard.


University of the Pacific

The Holt-Atherton Special Collections Department at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California holds a copy of one letter in The Brubeck Collection from Dave Brubeck to Gerald Heard from 1968.


Vedanta Society of Southern California

The Vedanta Society of Southern California holds correspondence, as well as tape and disc recordings by Gerald Heard, and photographs of Gerald Heard.


Washington University Archives, St. Louis

The University Archives at Washington University at St. Louis, Missouri holds five tape-recorded lectures delivered by Gerald Heard between December 1952 and April 1955 as part of the university's weekly Assembly Series Lectures.


Woodson Research Center, Rice University

The Fondren Library at Woodson Research Center at Rice University holds 22 items of correspondence from 1923 to 1965 between Gerald Heard and Sir Julian Huxley.


In addition, holdings exist of Gerald Heard correspondence, papers, and scripts at the following U.K. sites:

  1. The BBC Written Archives Centre at Caversham Park, Reading (correspondence from 1932 to 1962, memos, and radio scripts from the 1930s)
  2. The University of Bristol (correspondence with N. L. Bright, 1945)
  3. The British Library in London (correspondence with Lytton Strachey, James Strachey, and Charlotte Shaw)
  4. Lambeth Palace Library in London (correspondence with Rev. H. R. L. Sheppard, 1935 to 1937)
  5. The University of Liverpool Library (correspondence with Olaf Stapledon, 1936)
  6. London University (correspondence with Herbert Dingle, 1937 & 1959)
  7. Oxford University's Bodleian Library (correspondence with Frank Hardie, 1932)
  8. The University of Reading Library (correspondence from 1929 to 1935)
  9. John Rylands University Library at Manchester (correspondence with Samuel Alexander, 1929)
  10. South Place Ethical Society in London (letters, scripts)
  11. Trinity College Library at Dublin (correspondence with Thomas MacGreevy, 1921 to 1925)

Finally, The National Archives maintains an excellent collection of records held at various (mostly) U.K. sites. Search under Gerald Heard.


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"History is comprehensible only as the story of growing consciousness... civilization is self-consciousness."
The Ascent of Humanity, 1929