New Age Movements, Occultism, and Spiritualism Research Library: The Making of a Pagan Archive

Authors

  • Guy Frost Valdosta State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.34051

Keywords:

New Religious Movements Archives Library, New Age Movements, Occultism, Spiritualism Research Library, Pagan archives

Abstract

In 2016, a Pagan Archives was established in the Archives and Special Collections of Valdosta State University. Titled, the New Age Movements, Occultism, and Spiritualism Research Library (here forth called NAMOSRL), the drawing together of resources for this collection and from a variety of paths, faiths, and traditions was twelve years in the making. Individual archival contemporary Pagan and Wiccan source materials are few and far between but growing in number. Many of these archives devoted to contemporary Paganism or Wicca are private and tend to only acquire resources for a specific path. As the name suggests, NAMOSRL is designed as a research library. As such, the library contains books and periodicals, but also individual archival collections. The following narrative describes the development of this unique collection.

Author Biography

Guy Frost, Valdosta State University

Guy Frost is an associate professor of library science at Valdosta State University in Georgia.

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Published

2018-03-07

How to Cite

Frost, G. (2018). New Age Movements, Occultism, and Spiritualism Research Library: The Making of a Pagan Archive. Pomegranate, 19(2), 251–264. https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.34051

Issue

Section

Field Report