Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

V. P. Bernhard MSS.0026

Descriptive Summary

Creator Bernhard, V. P.
Title: V. P. Bernhard
Dates: ca. 1900-1930’s
Identification: MSS.0026
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet, 2 document boxes, 9 Folders
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

The collection of V. P. Bernhard’s manuscripts was prepared by V. P. Bernhard, to be donated to the Houston Public Library, in the late 1930’s.

Biographical Note

Mr. Bernhard was a journalist, columnist (“Life” [weekly column] for the Houston Labor Journal), poet, writer and metaphysical philosopher, who spent the greater part of his mature years (30 years) living and working in Houston, Texas. Before he came to Texas, he traveled the world, and arrived in America after joining the Salvation Army. His exact date and place of birth are unknown, but it is estimated that he was born in the late 1870’s in Denmark; his death is estimated in the 1930’s. That was when Mr. Bernhard prepared his manuscripts to be donated to the Houston Public Library. His creations, such as poems, songs, novels, as well as discussions, essays, compilations of articles, and even spiritual photographs, raise metaphysical issues, such as immortality, religion, relationship between God and man, and life after death. Mr. Bernhard’s works were inspired by his “spiritistic adventures” and were created in the traditions of metaphysics.

Scope and Contents

The manuscript collection represents V. P. Bernhard’s original creative work, in the form of poems, songs, novels of fiction, as well as the discussions, essays, collections of articles, autobiography, and spiritual photographs.



The collection is organized alphabetically, one item per folder. Box One contains five folders, and Box Two contains four folders.


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Index Terms

Spirit photography
Spiritual life

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

V. P. Bernhard Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Unknown, ca. 1930’s.

Processing Information

Processed by: Angel Parffrey, October 15, 2005.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Container List

Box Folder
1 1 A Passing Stranger. Being the Life Story of the Author (autobiography)
2 Clarence Darrow Visits Me (a chapter from “A Passing Stranger”)
3 Land of Twilight. The Story of a Dream People (fiction novel)
4 Leaves from the Book of Life (38 essays)
5 Life (a weekly columns’ collection)
Box Folder
2 1 Lyrics, Epics and Statics (songs and poetry collection)
2 Romance of Religion and Realities of Life (non-fictional discussion of the different religions)
3 Spirit Pictures (photographs of the author with his loved ones, those who passed a long time ago)
4 Vagrant Thoughts of a Dying Man L’Envoy (meditations about Cosmic Moral Law)