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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Personal Correspondence / Chronological -1899-1983

Personal Correspondence -- By Individual Names, 1934-1983

Personal Correspondence / By Organizations, 1946-1983

Biographical and Family History

Writings and Publications / Fiction and Non-Fiction

Writings and Publications / Essays / Includes Drafts and Notes.

Writings and Publications / Short Stories

Writings and Publications / Poetry / Includes drafts and notes.

Writings and Publications / Interviews and Radio Scripts / Transcriptions.

Writings and Publications / Journals, Personal and Professional

Writings and Publications / Notes

Writings and Publications / Published Works

Publishing History / General Correspondence

Publishing History / Correspondence Regarding Published Works

Publishing History / Financial Records

Publishing History / Book Reviews, Announcements, and Advertisements

Printed Material / By Colleagues / Arranged alphabetically by last name.

Printed Material / Newspaper Clippings / Arranged chronologically.

Financial and Personal Business / Correspondence

Financial and Personal Business / Records / Bills, receipts, etc.

Legal Records

Photographs / Arranged in chronological order.

Video and Audio Recordings

Miscellaneous

Artifacts

Papers of Harry Thurston Owens

Papers of Coren Lee and Susan Myers

Texas Woman's University, the Woman's Collection

Claire Myers Owens Collection



Overview

Creator: Owens, Claire Myers, 1896-1983
Title: Claire Myers Owens, Papers
Date: 1896-1983
Abstract: Texas-born novelist, lecturer, and author of non-fiction works about self-realization and Zen Buddhism. Graduate of College of Industrial Arts (CIA, later Texas Woman's University) in 1916. Correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, notes, published writings, transcriptions of interviews and radio scripts, diaries, legal and financial records, photographs, biographical information and family histories, book reviews, articles, and newsclippings about Owens, as well as artifacts. Correspondence consists of letters to and from family and friends, colleagues in the human potential movement, distinguished scholars in the fields of religion and psychology, publishers, and editors. Owens memorabilia consisting of personal and professional diaries (1920-1982), photographs of Owens with family and friends at various stages of her life, clothing and accessories, address books, and school mementos lend another view to the life of Owens.
Location: Mss 002
Size: 28 cubic feet.
Repository Texas Woman's University, the Woman's Collection

Biographical Note

Clairene Lenora Allen Myers was born on February 11, 1896, in Rockdale, Texas. Her parents were Susan Allen Myers and Coren Lee Myers , a principal at Troy High School in Troy, Texas. The family later moved to Temple, Texas, where Clairene and her older brother, Coren Douglas, would grow up and eventually graduate from Temple High School.

Upon Clairene's high school graduation in 1913, she enrolled in the College of Industrial Arts (now Texas Woman's University ) in Denton. Clairene's desire was to study philosophy and psychology at the University of Texas at Austin but her father believed that it was in her best interest to major in Domestic Science so that she could learn how to cook and sew. She adapted well to her father's choice; she became an active student, participating in both literary and dramatic projects. In 1916, she was graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Domestic Science.

Because she "wanted to save the world overnight," she took a job as a social worker in an Alabama mining camp after she graduated from CIA. Her parents were not pleased that their daughter would be a part of the working class, so she was disinherited (interview by Kenneth Ring , 1979). Clairene's responsibilities at the camp were teaching the women how to cook and sew and teaching kindergarten.

In 1918, Clairene joined a commune in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia planned by Leo Saidla, who became her common law husband. The marriage was never consummated, and the commune proved to be unsuccessful.

Throughout the 1920s, Claire, as she was now called, lived in New York City, where she worked in bookshops, wrote reviews for Publisher's Weekly, and socialized with noteworthy published authors.

In 1931, Claire married George Wanders, a financial columnist for the New York Herald Tribune. Problems with the marriage began to surface just months after the ceremony. After much letter writing, the couple concluded that the marriage could not be saved. It was not until May 1936, however, that Claire went to Reno, Nevada, for a divorce.

Throughout the ordeal of the dissolution of her marriage, Claire continued to write and to have her work published. In 1935, her first book, The Unpredictable Adventure, was published under the pen name of Claire Myers Spotswood, an old family name. When this novel was republished in 1992, the Syracuse University Press issued the following statement:

"It brilliantly satirizes contemporary cultural norms and demonstrates the hazards awaiting a woman who dares to think and act in defiance of the gendered roles assigned her. [It was] considered 'too risqué' and therefore banned by the New York Public Library ... Rather than positing a utopian world, the author of this allegorical tale questions male authority in ways that anticipate contemporary concerns." (Syracuse University Press, 1992)

In 1937, Claire married Harry Thurston Owens, a prominent banker. The couple moved to a large house in New Haven, Connecticut. Although Claire participated in the New Haven social scene, she wrote one colleague that she found the city "intellectually unstimulating." Nevertheless, Claire continued to write novels, poetry, essays, and short stories, but little of her work reached publication. During the 1940s, however, she had her own column in Today's Woman magazine.

In 1949, Claire experienced a spiritual awakening that would change the course of her life. Trying to make sense of her experience, Claire began to study psychology, particularly the work of C.G. Jung . In 1958, she described her spiritual awakening in her second published book, Awakening to the Good. In 1963, she published another book with a similar theme, Discovery of the Self. Her work was praised by prominent psychologists and philosophers who were pioneers in the human potential movement such as Abraham Maslow, C.G. Jung, F.S.C. Northrop, Aldous Huxley, and Anthony Sutich. Claire had become immersed in this new branch of psychology (human potential or transpersonal psychology) and soon had many of her articles published.

Claire's husband, Harry Thurston Owens, died on June 27, 1969. Shortly after his death, Claire studied Zen Buddhism in order to induce spiritual enlightenment. She invited Yale University students who were similarly interested in Zen Buddhism to meditate with her in her home. One of those students convinced Claire to move to Rochester, New York, and become a member of the Zen Center, whose spiritual leader was Philip Kapleau. Soon after Claire received instruction in Zen Buddhism, Kapleau encouraged her to write on the subject. Kapleau often reviewed her work, and occasionally there were disputes regarding content.

In 1979, Claire's last book, Zen and the Lady, was published. In it she describes her seven-year spiritual path which, "in Zen Buddhism, is directed toward an enlightenment experience and its integration with the devotee's everyday life" (Audrey McK. Fernandez, personal communication, September 19, 1992). The book was a success which resulted in both radio and television interviews.

Claire, who claimed she was "the happiest person she ever met," died peacefully on May 7, 1983, at the age of 87 years. Up until that time of her death, she was working on a new manuscript entitled Mediation and the Lady. Lacking only is an introduction and a concluding chapter.

Sources

Claire Myers Owens Papers, Mss 002, Texas Woman's University.

Fernandez, Audrey McK. (1992). Personal communication.

Harris, Miriam. (1992). The pressure of choices. In Teresa Iles (Ed.), All sides of the subject: Women and biography. New York: Columbia University, The Athene Series.

Kay, Ernest (Ed.). (1980 and 1982). The World Who's Who of Women. Cambridge, England: International Biographical Centre.

Owens, Claire Myers. (n.d.). Unpublished autobiography. Mss 002, Texas Woman's University.

Owens, Claire Myers. (1979). Interview conducted by Kenneth Ring, Ph.D.

Syracuse University Press. (1992). Books for fall and winter 1992-93.

White, John. (1983). Forward to Claire Myers Owens' Small Ecstasies. San Diego, CA: ACS Publications.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Claire Myers Owens Collection documents the personal and professional life of a Texas-born author and lecturer. The collection, 28 cubic feet in size, consists of correspondence, biographical and family history, publications and publishing history, printed material, financial and legal records, photographs, video and audio recordings, and ephemera. Also included in the collection are papers from her parents, Coren Lee and Susan Myers, and from her third husband, Harry Thurston Owens. Both groups of papers consist primarily of correspondence dating as early as 1868.

Owens' own correspondence spans the years from 1899 to 1983. The correspondence is written to and from family and friends, colleagues in the human potential movement, and to distinguished scholars and published authors. Many of the letters reveal Owens' views on a variety of topics in psychology. Also included is correspondence regarding her publishing activities and letters concerning her legal and financial matters.

The writings and publications consist of both published and unpublished manuscripts of fiction and non-fiction, including her autobiography, published journal and newspaper articles, short stories, essays, and poetry. Owens' diaries span the years from 1910 to 1982. The later diaries are difficult to read.

The photographs date from the late 1800s showing Claire and her family in Texas. The photographs document each decade of Claire's life: her years as a college student, the 1920s and 1930s in New York City, her married years in New Haven, Connecticut, from the 1930s to the 1960s, and her life at the Zen Center in Rochester, New York, from the 1970s to her death in 1983.

The video and audio recordings consist of lectures she gave to various conferences regarding psychology and religion and interviews regarding her published work. Her memorabilia, consisting of clothing and other personal items, lend another view to the life of Claire Myers Owens.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Correspondence -- Chronological, 1899-1983
Series 2: Personal Correspondence -- By Individual's Names
Series 3: Personal Correspondence -- By Organizations
Series 4: Biographical and Family History
Series 5: Writings and Publications -- Fiction and Non-Fiction
Series 6: Writings and Publications -- Essays
Series 7: Writings and Publications -- Short Stories
Series 8: Writings and Publications -- Poetry
Series 9: Writings and Publications -- Interviews and Radio Scripts
Series 10: Writings and Publications -- Journals, Personal and Professional
Series 11: Writings and Publications -- Notes
Series 12: Writings and Publications -- Published Works
Series 13: Publishing History -- General Correspondence
Series 14: Publishing History -- Correspondence Regarding Published Works
Series 15: Publishing History -- Financial Records
Series 16: Publishing History -- Book Reviews, Announcements, and Advertisements
Series 17: Printed Material -- By Colleagues
Series 18: Printed Material -- Newspaper Clippings
Series 19: Financial and Personal Business -- Correspondence
Series 20: Financial and Personal Business -- Records
Series 20: Legal Records
Series 21: Photographs
Series 22: Video and Audio Recordings
Series 23: Miscellaneous
Series 24: Artifacts
Series 25: Papers of Harry Thurston Owens
Series 26: Papers of Coren Lee and Susan Myers

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Researchers may access the Claire Myers Owens Collection Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Woman's Collection. The Woman's Collection is located on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library. All materials are viewed in the Catherine Merchant Reading Room and photocopies are provided at the discretion of the Woman's Collection.

Publication and Copyright Statements:

Literary rights to all Claire Myers Owens' works published prior to her death reside with John W. White of 60 Pound Ridge Road, Cheshire, Connecticut 06410. All literary rights of Claire Myers Owens' manuscripts and unpublished work are owned by Texas Woman's University.

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Coordinator for Special Collections.

All responsibility for questions of copyright that may arise in copying, scanning, and use of material shall be assumed by the user.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

A portion of the Claire Myers Owens Collection was donated to Texas Woman's University by Claire Myers Owens from 1980 to 1983; it consisted of her published work, some correspondence, video and audio recordings of her lectures and interviews, photographs, and newspaper clippings. The bulk of her collection came to TWU in 1983 upon her death and as stated in her last will and testament.

Encoded by:

Leslie Lindsey, 2007

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Personal Correspondence / Chronological -1899-1983

Box Folder
1 1 1899. /1 item.
Laura Elizabeth Smith Allen, grandmother, written to Claire and her mother, Susan Allen Myers.
2 1911. / 1 item.
Palm reader.
3 1912. / 1 item.
Claire Myers to her mother.
4 1914. / 1 item.
Bobbie (?).
5-6 1916. / 5 items.
Alden Evans, beau.
7 1917. / 5 items.
Alden Evans, beau.
8 1918. / 2 items.
Alden Evans, beau.
9 1918. / 1 item.
Coren Lee and Susan Myers, parents, to daughter Claire and son-in-law, Leo Saidla, Claire's first husband.
10 1918. / 1 item.
Leo Saidla, Claire's first husband.
11 1918. / 2 items.
"Rob" McKnight, Claire's girl friend from Texas, writes about life at the University of Texas at Austin: sororities, fashions, lack of available men on campus, and a new course added to the curriculum called Stenography and Typewriting. Also includes a letter from an unidentified correspondent.
12 1919. / 1 item.
Susan Myers, Claire's mother.
13 1919. / 2 items.
Leo Saidla, Claire's first husband.
14 1919. / 1 item.
Alden Evans, former beau, wedding invitation.
15 1920. / 4 items.
Leo Saidla, Claire's first husband.
16 1920. / 2 items.
Coren Lee Myers, Claire's father.
17 1920. / 5 items.
Letters from male admirers.
18 1921. / 2 items.
Unidentified correspondents.
19 1922. / 2 items.
Love letter and news clippings.
20 1925. / 2 items.
Leo Saidla regarding divorce.
21 1925. / 1 item.
Love letter from Ernest (?).
22 1928. / 1 item.
Claire Myers to her parents regarding a trip she took to London.
23 1929. / 3 items.
Claire Myers to Mr. Harry Hanson.
24 1929. / 1 item.
Unidentified correspondent and editor of The World.
25 n.d., ca. 1920s. / 5 items.
Leo Saidla, Claire's first husband.
26-27 n.d., ca. 1920s. / 10 items.
Letters from an unidentified friend.
28 n.d., ca. 1920s. / 4 items.
Includes a letter from her mother regarding Claire's hasty marriage to Leo Saidla. Offers Claire advice on marriage, reminding her that it should be "a 50-50 game." Also includes a letter from her cousin Mary regarding the family name of "Spotswood" that Claire adopted as her pen name.
Box Folder
2 1 1930. / 1 item.
Cousin Mary.
2 1930. / 7 items.
George Jones, Jr., Claire's beau who was an employee at the Robert M. McBridge and Co. Publishers in New York. The letter documents their tumultuous relationship and sudden break-up.
3-5 1931. / 16 items.
George Wanders, Claire's second husband and financial columnist for the New York Herald Tribune; and Claire Myers to parents, C.L. and Susan Myers. Description of married life with new husband and New York apartment and maid.
6 1931. / 1 item.
Winney, Claire's sister-in-law, gives Claire Christmas gift ideas for the Wanders family.
7 1932. / 10 items.
Claire Myers and George Wanders regarding divorce. Also includes a letter from Wanders to his mother-in-law detailing the problems of his marriage to Claire.
8 1932. / 10 items.
Claire Myers to George Wanders regarding divorce.
9 1932. / 5 items.
Claire Myers to parents, including the break-up of her marriage. Claire declines her mother's offer to live with her in Temple, Texas.
10 1932. / 1 item.
Rupert Emerson.
11 1933. / 2 items.
George Wanders, Claire's second husband, writes cordially to Claire.
12 1933. / 1 item.
Tracy, writer and Claire's friend.
13 1934. / 1 item.
Claire Myers to her mother, Susan Myers.
14 1934. / 1 item.
George Wanders, Claire's second husband, regarding Reno, Nevada divorce.
15 1935. / 10 items.
Includes letters from Claire's mother and from an unidentified published author and former beau.
16 1936. / 8 items.
Includes letters from Claire's mother.
17 1936. / 1 item.
Susan Myers, Claire's mother.
18 1937. / 2 items..
Elizabeth Crow Sessions, a writer and schoolteacher from Athens, Texas. A poem written by sessions is included. By then, Claire was married to her third and last husband, Harry Thurston Owens.
19 1938. / 6 items.
Claire Myers Owens to and from her family. Claire admonishes her brother Coren Douglas for allowing their mother to get a bank loan for him in her name. Also includes a Christmas card to Pat Delli.
20 1939. / 3 items.
Includes a letter from Claire's aunt, Laura E. Griffin, expressing her sympathy regarding the death of Claire's mother. The letter also includes the family history. Another letter to Claire is from her mother's friend, Rolia Campbell, regarding the Myers' Texas property and their African American tenants.
21 1940. / 3 items.
Includes a letter from Claire to Professor Phelps complaining that New Haven, Connecticut is intellectually unstimulating. Also of interest is a four-page letter to her friend Marion discussing her marriage to Owens, the New Haven social scene, and her fear of Hitler and the war.
22 1941. / 4 items.
Letters from Rolia Campbell from Temple, Texas, and Claire's aunt, Laura E. Griffin, from Brawley, California, revealing their thoughts regarding World War II, the draft, blackouts, Japanese internment camps, etc.
23 1942. / 5 items.
Includes letters to and from Rolia Campbell of Temple, Texas, regarding World War II. Claire is alarmed by the rumors of submarine sightings off the Galveston, Texas, coast. She also describes blackout procedures and mentions the fact that all the street corners were stocked with buckets of sand meant to extinguish bomb fires.
24 1943. / 1 item.
Claire Myers Owens to Mr. Archibald MacLeish, Library of Congress, praising his lecture "In Praise of Folly." She tells him that she finds herself "in the very midst of war returning to the poets and with the intensest zeal of my life."
14 1944. / 5 item.
Includes two very warm letters from Claire's friends, Marian Murray of The Hartford Times and Margaret Daniels, Ph.D. from New York City.
26 1945. / 2 items.
27 1946. / 4 items.
Includes a six-page letter from Claire to "K" condemning communism and labor unions and expressing her loathing for extremes.
28 1947. / 8 items.
Includes letters regarding property from her brother, C.D. Myers and a letter to Ann (?) thanking her for hosting a party in the Owens' honor. The letter describes the party, which documents the Washington D.C. social scene, a description of her writing process, and advice regarding marriage. Another letter to Ina Vestal implores her as to the reason for a public criticism of her work.
29 1948. / 2 items.
Laura Lee Jacobson, Claire's cousin from California, thanking the Owens for including her in their will and a letter to her friend, Dr. Marion Leonard complaining about a sore elbow.
30 n.d., ca. 1940s. / 2 items.
Box Folder
3 1 1950. / 1 item.
Claire Myers Owens to Thornton Wilder praising his lecture at Yale University.
2 1951. / 5 items.
Letters to friends regarding religion, psychology, and politics and a letter to Claire's aunt, Laura E. Griffin, recovering from an illness.
3 1952. / 4 items.
Letter to Dorothy (?) discussing a book she is writing about her religious beliefs. Also includes a scathing letter to a friend.
4 1954. / 8 items.
Claire Myers Owens to Cora Johnson regarding her European trip. Claire asked Johnson to return the letters so she could have a record of her travels.
5 1955. / 3 items.
Includes a fan letter to author, Mrs. Lindbergh.
6 1956. / 3 items.
Fan letter to Dr. Esther Harding and two letters from Wesley E. Needham regarding mandalas.
7 1957. / 3 items.
Claire Myers Owens and Charles Lockwood regarding admittance into the Cosmopolitan Club.
8 1958. / 8 items.
Letter from Rolia Campbell relating news in Temple, Texas. She also congratulates Claire on her new book.
9 1959. / 5 items..
Includes letters from author A.C. Johnson and a letter to Dr. D.C. Jarvis regarding her husband's health.
10 n.d., ca. 1950s. / 1 item.
Mrs. R.L. Barclay, Custodian Temple Author's Collection, asking Claire for copies of her published works for their collection.
11 1960. / 5 items.
12 1961. / 3 items.
Letters from Claire about the arts and mystical experiences.
13 1962. / 2 items.
Claire Myers Owens to her husband Harry Thurston Owens declaring her affection to him and a letter from Myra Kilpatrick Brewster and Clara Jones regarding the Temple High School 50th reunion.
14 1963. / 8 items.
Includes a letter regarding the Temple High School 50th class reunion.
15 1964. / 17 items.
Includes a letter from her brother, C.D. Myers, and a postcard to her husband, Harry Thurston Owens.
16 1965. / 15 items.
Includes a letter from her brother, C.D. Myers, now 72 years old, discussing the changes in Temple, Texas and a letter from La Vera Houghton Shaver regarding the Temple High School class reunion.
17 1966. / 7 items.
Includes a letter to Bill and Helga Richards congratulating them on their forthcoming wedding and shares with them her beliefs in marriage.
18 1967. / 15 items.
Includes a letter from her sister-in-law Ruby Myers regarding Claire's brother's health and a letter to her husband, Harry Thurston Owens, asking him not to alter his will.
19 1968. / 10 items.
An account of Claire's mystical experience that year and a letter to the New Haven mayor from Claire pleading for law and order (a heavy piece of iron had been thrown through her dining room window).
20 1969. / 14 items.
Includes a letter to her husband, Harry Thurston Owens, thanking him for leaving her a large share of his estate. In June of that year, Claire's husband died. Also included is a letter from her brother, C.D. Myers.
21 n.d., ca. 1960s. / 10 items..
Includes a confidential letter to a friend, offering advice regarding marriage.
22 1970. / 36 items.
Many of these letters are in regards to Claire's move to Rochester, New York, and the start of her association with the Zen Center. In most of these letters, from 1970 to the end of her life in 1983, Claire expresses her beliefs on a variety of topics in psychology. Also includes a touching letter from her brother, C.D. Myers, asking her about her final wishes.
23 1971. / 19 items.
Includes letters to and from her cousin, Laura Lee Jacobson, and from her brother, C.D. Myers.
24 1972. / 23 items.
Includes letters to and from her cousin, Laura Lee Jacobson, and her brother, C.D. Myers. In one of these letters, he complains about corruption in government and business. In a letter to her brother, Claire promises to give him some of her jewelry to help pay his hospital bills.
25 1973. / 36 items.
Includes letters to and from her cousin, Laura Lee Jacobson. One letter to her cousin candidly describes her marriage to Harry Thurston Owens.
26 1974. / 18 items.
Includes letters to her cousin, Laura Lee Jacobson, and last letter from her brother, C.D. Myers. He tells her he is not as strong as he once was but is still working.
Box Folder
4 1 1975. / 38 items.
Includes a letter from her cousin, Laura Lee Jacobson, describing Atherton, California, and from Mildred T. Crews, a former Texas Woman's University student (1936-1937).
2-3 1976. / 41 items.
Includes a letter from Lucy T. Hammer, Connecticut state senator.
4-5 1977. / 57 items.
Includes letters to and from her cousin, Laura Lee Jacobson.
6-7 1978. / 84 items.
Includes letters to and from Connecticut state senator, Lucy T. Hammer, and Claire's cousin, Laura Lee Jacobson.
8-12 1979. / 119 items.
Includes letters from her cousin, Laura Lee Jacobson. In one of these letters she complains about President Carter and Governor Jerry Brown (California), and in another gives a personal account of the southern California earthquake.
13 n.d., ca. 1970s. / 70 items.
Includes letters to and from her cousin, Laura Lee Jacobson.
Box Folder
5 1-3 1980. / 61 items.
Includes letters to and from her cousin, Laura Lee Jacobson. Jacobson complains about President Carter and prays for the release of the hostages held in Iran. In another letter to Claire, Jacobson gives her needed encouragement.
4-6 1981. / 44 items.
Includes letters to and from her cousin, Laura Lee Jacobson. One letter from Jacobson contains a vivid description of the California coast.
7-8 1982. / 36 items.
Includes two letters from her sister-in-law, Ruby Myers, and a letter from her cousin, Laura Lee Jacobson.
9 1983. / 7 items.
10-12 n.d, ca. 1980s. / 66 items.
Includes letters from her cousin, Laura Lee Jacobson.

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Personal Correspondence -- By Individual Names, 1934-1983

Box Folder
6 1 Aldington, Richard -1935-1936. / 5 items.
Poet, biographer. Author of several books, including Life Quest, which was published on the same day and by the same publisher as Claire's book, The Unpredictable Adventure.
2 Ames, Dr. Louise -1949-1981. / 19 items.
Authority on child development and behavior, co-director of the Gesell Institute of Child Development, and author of a syndicated column called "Parents Ask" and several articles on child psychology. Corresponded with Claire over a course of 33 years. Includes a newspaper article regarding the murder of her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson by her eldest grandson.
3 Anshen, Ruth Nanda -1958-1959. / 15 items.
Philosopher. Author of Moral Principles of Action and Thou Shalt Not and editor of World Perspectives and Science of Culture Series.
4 Bogert, Rev. Betty A. - 1965-1967. / 9 items.
Minister. Interested in self-realization and Claire's experiences and ideas. Was asked by Claire to review her manuscripts.
5 Briffault, Robert. -1935. / 5 items.
Author. Grants Claire permission to quote his work and comments on her book The Unpredictable Adventure.
6 Cabell, James Branch -1965. / 6 items.
Author. Grants Claire permission to quote his work in return for an autographed copy of her book. In another letter, he states that her book is "a fine masterpiece of true discernment."
7 Campbell, Joseph -1965. / 2 items.
Professor, Sarah Lawrence College, author, and expert on world religions and cultures. Thanks Claire for her comments about his book, Hero, and for a complimentary copy of her book. He declines an invitation to visit Claire because of a heavy work schedule.
8 Da Silva, Raul -1976-1980. / 14 items.
Filmmaker and author. Correspondence regarding filming an interview of Claire that was eventually aired on A.M. Rochester hosted by Matt Rinaldi (Rochester, New York, television).
9 Dean M.D., Stanley R. -1974-1978. / 26 items.
Psychiatrist, author, lecturer, expert in metapsychiatry. Correspondence regarding self-realization and mysticism.
10 Elkes M.D., Joel - 1973-1982. / 17 items.
Former Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Correspondence regarding various topics in psychology.
11 Ellis, Havelock -1935. / 3 items.
Author. Advises Claire that he has received her letter and wishes her success on the book. He grants permission to quote, although he asks that this fact not be publicized since he has not yet read the book. In another letter, he thanks Claire for a copy of her book and congratulates her on her "courageous and ambitious effort;" he remarks that she will probably be criticized for her ideas.
12-28 Gelatt, Charles -1956-1983. / 215 items.
Financial advisor and close friend to both Claire and Harry Thurston Owens. Gelatt, general manager and chairman of the board of the Northern Engraving Manufacturing Company of La Cross, was the youngest man ever to serve on the University of Wisconsin's governing body. He was so prominent that President Eisenhower invited him to join him for dinner at the White House. The correspondence is both personal and in regards to Claire's financial affairs.
29 Hixon, Lex -1979-1980. / 16 items.
New York City radio producer (religious programming) and author of Coming Home: The Experience of Enlightenment in Sacred Traditions. The correspondence regards a radio interview of Claire and discussions about their philosophies.
30-31 Houston, Jean - 1967-1982. / 50 items.
Professor of Philosophy, lecturer, and Director of the Foundation for Mind Research. Some of the correspondence regards attempts at publishing Claire's manuscript, Varieties of Self-Realization.
32 Huxley, Aldous -1935-1958. / 21 items.
Novelist, philosophic essayist. The correspondence is in regards to their literary work. Also includes correspondence to and from Laura Huxley.
33 Jung, C.G. -1947-1958. / 10 items.
Prominent psychologist. Jung grants Claire permission to interview him and quote him.
34 Lewis, Sinclair -1934-1941. / 3 items.
Author. Lewis expresses his regret of having missed meeting Claire at the Wakefield Bookshop, and a curious note regarding book shipments.
35 Maslow, Abraham -1958-1969. / 25 items.
Prominent psychologist. Reports that he found Claire's book, Awakening to the Good, fascinating, recommends literature that may be of interest to her, and includes a list of individuals who would be interested in her book. He also suggests some publishers for her manuscript, Discovery of the Self.
36 May, Rollo -1958. / 1 item.
Prominent psychologist. Promises to read Claire's book, Awakening to the Good.
37 Mencken, H.L. -1935.
Journalist. Grants Claire permission to quote him. In another letter, he praises her book, The Unpredictable Adventure, and says "it doesn't surprise me to hear that the pious object to it. Let them howl."
Box Folder
7 1 Northrop, F.S.C. -1958-1979. / 18 items.
Sterling Professor of Philosophy and Law, Emeritus, Yale University. Letters discussing their literary work.
2 Prince, Dr. Raymond -1964-1982. / 60 items.
Research Director of the Mental Hygiene Institute, former President of the R.M. Bucke Memorial Society, and author. Grants Claire permission to quote him and praises her book Zen and the Lady. He has quoted Claire in some of the articles he has written.
3-13 Ring, Kenneth - 1975-1983. / 159 items.
Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut, established the International Association for Near-Death Studies, lecturer, and author. The nature of the correspondence is personal and regards many discussions in psychology. He also helped to promote Claire's book, Zen and the Lady.
14 Robinson, James Harvey -1935. / 3 items.
Columbia University historian and author. Advises Claire to contact Harper's for permission to quote from his Mind in the Making. Regarding Claire's book, The Unpredictable Adventure, he considers the combination of allegory and anagrams to be charming and enjoyable.
15 Rogers, Carl - 1958-1964. / 3 items.
Prominent psychologist, Resident Fellow of the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute. Thanks Claire for the copy of her book, Discovery of the Self, and asks whether she has read his book, On Becoming a Person.
16 Russell, Bertrand -1935-1957. / 3 items.
Philosopher and author. Grants Claire permission to quote him and is pleased that she wishes to use extracts from his writings.
17 Schweitzer, Albert -1959. / 1 item.
Humanitarian. Thanks Claire for a copy of her book, Awakening to the Good.
18 Sheldon, Wilmon -1947-1976. / 22 items.
Yale University philosopher and expert in structural analysis (of the personality). Correspondence includes discussions of their books and various topics in psychology.
19 Sinnott, Edmund -1957-1967. / 18 items.
University of New Hampshire biologist and author of books dealing with spirituality. Correspondence includes discussions regarding mysticism, religion, and science.
20-21 Smedley, Doree -1969-1982. / 30 items.
Writer and Harry Thurston Owens' daughter. Correspondence began with a letter of condolence to Claire regarding the death of Owens.
Box Folder
8 1-10 Tart, Charles -1972-1983. / 72 items.
Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis and author. Correspondence regarding his book, Transpersonal Psychologies, in which Claire has contributed a chapter on Zen meditation.
11 Van Doren, Carl -1935. / 2 items.
Biographer. Grants Claire permission to quote him. In another letter he thanks her for an inscribed copy of her book, The Unpredictable Adventure, and remarks that it is "a parlor game as well as a beautiful and penetrating history."
12-26 White, John -1970-1983. / 265 items.
Author, and Claire's literary agent, and friend. Correspondence is both professional and personal.
27-32 Wilber, Ken - 1976-1983. / 36 items.
Editor of ReVISION journal. Correspondence is both professional and personal.
33 Wilder, Dwain -1970-1980. / 35 items.
Claire's lover and Zen friend. Wilder was responsible for having convinced Claire to move from New Haven, Connecticut, to Rochester, New York.

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Personal Correspondence / By Organizations, 1946-1983

Box Folder
9 1 Association for Transpersonal Psychology -1968-1983. / 57 items.
Correspondence regards the association and its journal, The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.
2 The Author's Guild -1968-1982. / 33 items.
Includes club bulletins.
3 Human Dimensions Institute -1971-1979. / 39 items.
Includes newsletters and fliers.
4 C.G. Jung Foundation -1965-1980. / 57 items.
Includes brochures and articles regarding Jung.
5-8 Texas Woman's University -1946-1983. / 117 items.
Letters to and from former TWU presidents, John A. Guinn and Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey, and other TWU administrators. The majority of the correspondence is to Elizabeth Snapp, Director of the TWU Library, regarding the establishment of the Claire Myers Owens Collection. Also includes a copy of Claire's last will and testament.
Box Folder
10 1-5 The Zen Center -1969-1982. / 232 items.
Includes correspondence to and from Philip Kapleau, teacher and director of the Zen Center, to and from other Zen Center members, chants, newsletters, calendars, directories, and Zen information.

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Biographical and Family History

Box Folder
11 1 Biographical Information. / 10 items.
2 Resume. / 3 items.
3 Storybook -1904. / 2 items.
Includes mounted pictures. Written by Claire at the age of 8 years (ca. 1904) and a drawing by Claire.
4 Essays, Temple High School -1910-1913. / 22 items.
5 Essay, "The Home Demonstration Cottage" -1913-1916. / 1 item.
College of Industrial Arts.
6 Yearbook -1915-1916. / 1 item.
College of Industrial Arts Press Club.
7 Class Schedule Card -ca. 1916. / 1 item.
College of Industrial Arts.
8 United States Passport -1928. / 1 item.
9 Psychogram of Claire . / 1 item.
Personality profile.
10 Certificates. / 2 items.
Author's Day certificate presented y the Friends of the Rochester Public Library and a Life Member certificate of the Texas Woman's University National Alumnae Association.
11 Program of the Woman's University Club. / 1 item.
Claire is guest speaker.
12 Claire's Personalized Horoscope . / 1 item.
13 Club Membership Cards. / 65 items.
14 Outline of Claire's Left Foot. / 1 item.
15 Lock of Claire's hair -1956. / 1 item.
16 Genealogy, Allen and Myers Families. / 11 items.
17 The Name and Family of Spotswood and The Name and Family of Myers. / 2 items.
Compiled by the Media Research Bureau.
18 "Family Data" Notebook -1956. / 1 item.
19 Obituaries. / 2 items.
Laura E. Allen (Claire's grandmother), n.d., and Susan Myers (Claire's mother), 1938.
20 Alexander Spotswood: Portrait of A Governor. / 1 item.

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Writings and Publications / Fiction and Non-Fiction

Box Folder
12 1-4 Awakening to the Good.
Completed manuscript with drafts and notes. Published.
Box
13 Discovery of the Self.
Completed manuscript. Published.
Box Folder
14 1-4 Meditation and Mrs. Melbourne..
Drafts and notes.
Box
15 Meditation and the Lady..
Unfinished manuscript with drafts and notes.
Box
16 Mrs. Oppidan.
Draft.
Box
17 Sons and Husbands.
Completed manuscript.
Box
18 To Be Herself.
Drafts and notes.
Box
19 Autobiography.
Drafts and notes.
Box
20-21 Varieties of Self-Realization.
Drafts and notes.
Box
22 "Zen Buddhism" in Charles Tart's Transpersonal Psychologies.
Completed manuscript, drafts, and notes. Published.
Box
23-24 Zen and the Lady.
Completed manuscript (2 copies) and drafts and notes. Published.
Box Folder
25 1-11 Manuscripts.
Gaily Bedlight by "Clarence" Myers, Belle Randolph (Love Is Not Enough), Love Is Not Enough, Mrs. Oppidan Is Moved, Awakening to the Good, and Varieties of Self-Realization (2 copies).
Box
27-34 Unidentified manuscript drafts and notes.

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Writings and Publications / Essays / Includes Drafts and Notes.

Box Folder
35 1 "Bridging the Generation Gap".
2 "A Case of Spontaneous Self-Realization".
3 "The Channel Bookshop of New Haven".
4 "Concerning Woman's Soft Dominion".
5 "Conflicts of the Marriage of East and West".
6 "Danger and Doting Mothers".
7 "Don't Aim Too High".
8 "The Generation Gap".
9 "The 'Good' Trip to Montreal".
10 "The Highest State of Consciousness and Beethoven".
11 "Huxley".
12 "Is This the American Way of Life?".
13 "Latest Style in Crime".
14 "Means to Inner Growth?".
15 "Meditation as a Solution to the Problems of Aging".
Essay was also presented in Madison, Connecticut, in 1978.
16 "A Modern Leonora Replies".
17 "Never Doubt the Power of Meditation".
18 "Wanted: A New Terminology for a New Age".
19 "Parallelism Between Western Psychology and the Basic Principles of Zen".
Box Folder
36 1 "The Predictions of Zen Buddhism".
2 "Our Cooperative Colony".
3 "Report of One Woman's Day Sesshin".
4 "Self-Realization: Induced and Spontaneous".
5 "Self-Realization: Life's Supreme Experience".
6 "Should Women Understand the 'Emotionally Disturbed' ".
7 "Strategy for People in a Global Society".
8 "Talk of the Town".
9 "Translations from the Goodmanese".
10 "Two Varieties of Self-Realization: That Induced by Meditation and the Spontaneous Mystical Experience".
11 "The Ultimate Challenge to Modern Woman".
12 "When Books are Milestones".
13 "Will the Facts of Science Obscure the Values of Self-Realization".
14 "A Woman Looks at Books".
15 "Writer's Block".
16 "Zen in the Light of Modern Psychology".

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Writings and Publications / Short Stories
Includes drafts and notes.

Box Folder
37 1 "Adventures in a Bookshop".
2 "Aldous Huxley to Tea".
3 "The Amenities of Bookselling".
4 "Among the Alabama Hill Folk".
5 "Belle Randolph".
6 "Books to Celebrities".
7 "Bookshop Brevities".
8 "Bride's Dinner Party".
9 "Bubble and Squeak or Why Men Love Women".
10 "A Dangerous Thing".
11 "Do You Know Your Celebrities?".
12 "Dorothy Thompson's 'Daughter' ".
13 "Evening Dress in a Bus".
14 "An Evening with Thomas Wolfe".
15 "The First Marriage is the Hardest".
16 "Hurrah for Education".
17 "I 'Save' the Poor Southern White".
18 "I Used to Expect Everybody to Mother Me".
19 "Just an Old Southern Custom".
20 "The Lady and the Professor".
21 "The Last Phone Call".
22 "Louise".
23 "The Magic Kindergarten".
24 "Mrs. X Meets the Authors".
25 "The Nicest Thing in the World".
26 "Our Cooperative Colony".
27 "Pink Snow".
28 "So You're Going to Reno".
29 "Sublet and See Life".
30 "Sunday Afternoon in Alabama".
31 "There Ain't No Such Town".
32 "Thomas Wolfe in Search of a Wife".
33 "Tourists Abroad".
34 "Wherein Two Live More Cheaply Than One".
35 "A Winged Victory".
36 "Woman's Hotel: Room 711".
37 "Woman's Hotel: Room 1834".
38 "Woman's Hotel: Room 1934".
39 "The Worst Thing in the World".
40 "Writers on Display".
41 Untitled.
42 Untitled.

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Writings and Publications / Poetry / Includes drafts and notes.

Box Folder
38 1 "The Afterglow", "Anodyne", "Be Still and Know", "Correspondences", and "Cures of Women".
2 "Dark Night", "Deserted", "Duality", and "Dying to be Born".
3 "Eastern Way for Western Man", "Else Why Am I a Woman?", "Falling Out of the Cosmic Order", "Fleeting Wonders of Zazen", "For Man is Perverse", "Fruits of Love", and "Full Moon".
4 "Garden of Delight", "Hour of My Delight", "I Am the Earth", and "Love is Enough".
5 "Less Than Nothing", "Love is Love", "Lover", "The Magic Circle", "Marriage", "Meditation", "Moonlight", and "Music of the Spheres".
6 "O Find Me a Poem", "Paris to London by Air", "Peace Everlasting", "A Person for All Seasons", "Prologue", "The Quietness of Bliss", and "The Ritual".
7 "Sea of Infinity", "The Six Arts", "Snow-Bound", "Song of Woman", and "Spirit of Summer".
8 "There is a Place", "To a Puritan", "Two Loves, or Love and Zen", "Universality", "When Words Become Paradise on Earth", and "Woman".
9-13 Why Zen? Poetry Collection.
14 Untitled.

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Writings and Publications / Interviews and Radio Scripts / Transcriptions.

Box Folder
39 1 Interview of Claire conducted by Dr. Kenneth Ring.
Typed transcript.
2 Radio scripts for the New Haven League of Women Voters.
Typed transcript.

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Writings and Publications / Journals, Personal and Professional

Box Folder
40 1 "My High School Days" -1909. / 1 item.
2 Diary, 1910 and "Diary of Clairene Myers", 1912. / 2 items.
3 Psychiatric Sessions -1950-1951. / 18 items.
4 Dreams -1952, 1981. / 6 items.
5 1956-1981. / 6 items.
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41 1940-1964. / 14 items.
Box
42 1966-1970. / 17 items.
Box
43 1971-1973. / 13 items.
Box
44 1974-1975. / 16 items.
Box
45 1976-1978. / 15 items.
Box
46 1979-1980. / 22 items.
Box
47 1981-1982 and n.d. / 19 items.

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Writings and Publications / Notes

Box Folder
48 1 "Ideas for future articles, essays, and books". / 1 item.
2 "Ideas for articles". / 3 items.
3 "Notes on books and authors I've read". / 3 items.
4 The Unpredictable Adventure Notes and Glossary. / 2 items.
5 Varieties of Self-Realization Corrections. / 2 items.
6 Zen and the Lady Corrections. / 1 item.
7 Zen Lecture Notes. / 2 items.
8 Questions for Jung Interview. / 1 item.

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Writings and Publications / Published Works

Box
49 Awakening to the Good, Discovery of the Self, The Highest State of Consciousness (contributed the chapter "Horns Blowing, Bells Ringing"), and Small Ecstasies (original title was Awakening to the Good).
Box
50 Transpersonal Psychologies(contributed the chapter "Zen Buddhism"), The Unpredictable Adventure, and Zen and the Lady.
Box
51 Published Articles and Reprints Regarding Self-Realization.
Box Folder
52 1 Letters to the Editor -1928. / 2 items.
2 "League of Women Voters Reaches Age of 25: A Lusty Daughter of a Militant Suffragette Mother" -1946. / 1 item.
New Haven Register.
3 "Tourists Abroad" -1954. / 1 item (3 copies).
New York Herald Tribune, Paris. Travel story contest.

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Publishing History / General Correspondence
Correspondence to publishers and colleagues regarding published and unpublished materials. Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
53 1 1931. / 2 items.
From the Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith publishers regarding Claire's manuscript, Puritan's Progress.
2 1936. / 4 items.
Includes two letters from Burton Rascoe of Doubleday, Doran and Company Publishers criticizing Claire's manuscript, Sons and Husbands.
3 1937. / 1 item.
Letter from Harrison Smith of Doubleday, Doran and Company criticizing Claire's manuscript, Sons and Husbands.
4 1940. / 5 items.
Correspondence regarding Claire's manuscript, Sons and Husbands. In one letter to Burton Roscoe, Claire asks him not to telephone or wire her because her family does not approve of her writing.
5 1941. / 2 items.
Two letters from Claire regarding her new manuscript.
6 1943. / 2 items.
Two letters from Claire to friends regarding her new manuscript, Mrs. Oppidan is Moved.
7 1944. / 9 items.
Correspondence primarily from Georgianne Robert, an editor at Doubleday, Doran and Company Publishers, regarding Claire's manuscript, Mrs. Oppidan is Moved.
8 1945. / 4 items.
Correspondence regarding magazine articles.
9 1951. / 1 item.
Letter from Frank S. Morgan, president of Harper and Brothers, rejecting Claire's manuscript.
10 1953. / 3 items.
Three letters to Donald Adams, columnist for the New York Times, asking him to recommend someone politically conservative to read her manuscript, The Inevitable Search: A Psychological Autobiography of Man's Relation to the Universe.
11 1954. / 7 items.
Includes correspondence regarding Claire's manuscript, The Inevitable Search and a letter announcing her as winner of the Herald Tribune Travel Story Contest.
12 1955. / 17 items.
Includes correspondence regarding the rejection of Claire's manuscript, The Inevitable Search and the publishing of Ecstasy: My Adventures in Rational Mysticism.
13 1956. / 3 items.
Includes a rejection letter from Prentice-Hall, Inc.
14 1957. / 1 item.
Letter to Mr. and Mrs. John H. Ottemiller of Shoe String Press asking if they would read her manuscript, The Psychology of Rational Mysticism: An Autobiographic Inquiry.
15 1962. / 1 item.
Rejection letter from the Yale University Press.
16 1964. / 1 item.
To Alan Collins, president of Curtis Brown, Ltd., regarding Claire's manuscript, Varieties of Self- Realization.
17 1965. / 4 items.
Letters to and from Walter Houston Clark regarding an article that Claire wrote and wanted to publish.
18 1966. / 8 items.
Correspondence regarding an article entitled "Fact and Value of Regression in Mystical Experience" published in Main Currents.
19 1967. / 16 items.
Correspondence regarding Claire's manuscript, Varieties of Self-Actualization and a congratulatory letter regarding an article written by Claire that was published in Main Currents.
20 1968. / 15 items.
Letters to and from Alice Mayhew of Random House, Inc. regarding Claire's manuscript, Varieties of Self-Realization.
21 1969. / 3 items.
To Marshall Lee regarding Claire's manuscript, Varieties of Self-Realization.
22 1970. / 4 items.
Regarding a submission to Main Currents.
23 1971. / 3 items.
Regarding a submission to Main Currents and another attempt at publishing her manuscript, Varieties of Self-Realization.
24 1972. / 1 item.
Regarding shipment of Claire's article, "The Highest State of Consciousness".
25 1973. / 3 items.
Includes correspondence regarding an article based on a lecture Claire presented entitled, "Self-Realization: Induced and Spontaneous."
26 1974. / 8 items.
Letters to Max Allen of Altered States of Consciousness and Henry Margeneau of Yale University from Claire regarding articles and a poem that she has written.
27 1975. / 15 items.
Correspondence regarding Claire's article, "Self-Realization: Induced and Spontaneous" and a chapter she wrote on Zen in Charles Tart's Transpersonal Psychologies.
28 1976. / 29 items.
Most letters are from Claire in response to the interest of her article "Self-Realization: Induced and Spontaneous" that appeared in Altered States of Consciousness and discusses the chapter she contributed to Transpersonal Psychologies.
29 1977. / 7 items.
Letter to Princeton University Press regarding her chapter "Horns Blowing, Bells Ringing" in C.G. Jung Speaking that they published and letters to and from Harper and Row Publishers regarding her chapter on Zen in Transpersonal Psychologies.
30 1978. / 10 items.
Correspondence regarding the publishing of papers written by Claire.
31 1979. / 10 items.
Includes correspondence regarding "Meditation as a Solution to the Problems of Aging," a chapter Claire contributed to Old Age on the New Scene.
32 1980. / 2 items.
Includes a letter to Prevention Magazine asking whether they would like to publish her paper, "Vision: Lost and Regained."
33 1981. / 2 items.
Includes a letter to Psychology Today asking whether they would like to publish her paper "Eyesight Restored by Mental, Physical and Spiritual Efforts."
34 1982. / 4 items.
Correspondence regarding several writing projects.
35 1983. / 1 item.
Correspondence regarding royalty earnings.

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Publishing History / Correspondence Regarding Published Works
This series consists entirely of correspondence from the various publishing houses: letters giving Claire permission to quote other authors in her books, congratulatory letters from friends, colleagues, and the general public who read her books, and Claire's numerous letters promoting her books to others.

Box Folder
54 1 Awakening to the Good, Christopher Publishing House. -1957-1981. / 26 items.
2 Awakening to the Good, Permission to Quote. -1957. / 51 items.
3 Awakening to the Good, Promotion. -1957-1958. / 95 items.
4 Awakening to the Good, Congratulatory/Critical Letters. -1957-1958. / 75 items.
5 Discovery of the Self, Christopher Publishing House. -1963-1966. / 4 items.
6 Discovery of the Self, Congratulatory/Critical Letters. -1963-1964. / 32 items.
7 Small Ecstasies, Astro Computing Services. -1982-1983. / 7 items.
Original title was Awakening to the Good.
8 The Unpredictable Adventure, Burton Rascoe, Editor at Doubleday, Doran and Company Publishers. -1935-1939. / 17 items.
9 The Unpredictable Adventure, Doubleday, Doran and Company Publishers. -1939-1962. / 15 items.
10 The Unpredictable Adventure, Congratulatory/Critical Letters. -1935-1937. / 19 items.
11 Zen and the Lady, Baraka Books, Ltd./Baraka Press, Inc. -1978-1981. / 39 items.
12 Zen and the Lady, Permission to Quote. -1978-1979. / 25 items.
13 Zen and the Lady, Promotion. -1979-1981. / 40 items.
14 Zen and the Lady, Congratulatory/Critical Letters. -1977-1980. / 42 items.

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Publishing History / Financial Records

Box Folder
55 1 Baraka Books.
Zen and the Lady.
2 Baywood Publishing Company.
"Self-Realization: Induced and Spontaneous" in the Journal of Altered States of Consciousness.
3 Christopher Publishing House.
Awakening to the Good and Discovery of the Self.
4 Doubleday, Doran and Company.
The Unpredictable Adventure.
5 Harper and Row Publishers.
Transpersonal Psychologies.

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Publishing History / Book Reviews, Announcements, and Advertisements

Box Folder
56 1-2 Awakening to the Good.
Reviews, announcements, and advertisements.
3-4 Discovery of the Self.
Reviews, announcements, and advertisements.
5 The Highest State of Consciousness..
Claire contributed a chapter. Review.
6 Transpersonal Psychologies.
Claire contributed a chapter. Announcements.
7-8 The Unpredictable Adventure.
Reviews and glossary of anagrams.
9-10 Zen and the Lady.
Reviews, announcements, and advertisements.
11-12 Miscellaneous.
Book jackets from Claire's books and instruction sheet for typing manuscripts.

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Printed Material / By Colleagues / Arranged alphabetically by last name.

Box Folder
57 1 Houston, Jean.
2 Prince, Raymond.
3 Ring, Kenneth.
4 Tart, Charles.
5 White, John.
6 Wilber, Ken.
7 Dean, Stanley; Elkes, Joel Gelatt; Charles; Hixon, Lex ; Holister, Judith; Huxley, Aldous; Northup, Filmer; Osis, Karlis; Ram Dass ; and Sorokin, Pitirim.

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Printed Material / Newspaper Clippings / Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
58 1 1910's.
Articles about Claire and of interest to her.
2-3 1930's.
Regarding Claire's book, The Unpredictable Adventure and regarding Claire's friend, Rupert Emerson and an article written by her second husband, George Wanders.
4-5 1940's.
Articles written about Claire, regarding Claire's friend Muriel Reynolds and her third husband's daughter, Doree Smedley.
6-7 1950's.
Articles about Claire and regarding Claire's friends.
8-9 1960's.
Articles about Claire and regarding Claire's friends.
10-11 1970's.
Articles about Claire and regarding Claire's friends.
12-13 1980's.
Articles about Claire and regarding Claire's friends.

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Financial and Personal Business / Correspondence
Includes hotel reservations, insurance and banking inquiries, files regarding Claire's automobile, taxes, and other interests.

Box Folder
59 1 Automobile -1973-1982. / 3 items.
2 Banking -1955-1983. / 33 items.
3 Birth Certificate -1943, 1959. / 4 items.
4 Hotels/Clubs -1969-1982. / 16 items.
5 Hotels - Brazilian Court Hotel -1969-1982. / 22 items.
6 Insurance -1959-1982. / 23 items.
7 Medical -1959-1982. / 29 items.
8 Property -1970-1974. / 4 items.
9 Services -1958-1983. / 11 items.
10 Subscriptions -1970-1980. / 16 items.
11 Sutton Park Apartments (WEBCO) -1970-1982. / 28 items.
12 Taxes -1937-1982. / 21 items.
13 Trust Officer (Connecticut Bank and Trust Co.) -1969-1980. / 60 items.
14-15 Trust Officer (Marine Midland Bank) -1971-1983. / 99 items.
16 Vendors -1955-1983. / 36 items.

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Financial and Personal Business / Records / Bills, receipts, etc.

Box Folder
60 1 Automobiles.
2 Books.
3 Clothing.
4-8 Connecticut Bank and Trust, Co. -1969-1983.
9 Fur Storage.
10 Groceries.
11 Hotels.
12 Household Items and Repairs.
13 Insurance.
14 Inventory (furniture, etc.).
15 Investments.
Box Folder
61 1-2 Marine Midland Trust Co. - 1974-1983.
3 Medical.
4 Memberships.
5 Office Supplies.
6 Safety Deposit Box.
7 Social Security.
8 Subscriptions.
9 Sutton Park Apartments (WEBCO).
Box Folder
62 1-6 Taxes -1939-1983.
7 The Tradesmen's National Bank.
8 Travel.
9 Typewriter and Typing Service.
10 Watch.
11-12 Miscellaneous.

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Legal Records

Box Folder
63 1 Divorce. -1920, 1936. / 3 items.
Correspondence.
2 Estate Settlement of Harry Thurston Owens. -1969-1972. / 51 items.
Correspondence.
3 Funeral Prearrangement. -1969-1972. / 51 items.
Correspondence.
4 Wills and Trusts. -1947-1982. / 87 items.
Correspondence.
5 Miscellaneous. -1948-1982. / 29 items.
Correspondence.
Box Folder
64 1 Affidavit.
2 Attorney's Fees.
3 "Deeds" Notebook.
4 Estate of Harry Thurston Owens.
5 "Legal" and "Containing Vital Information Concerning Me" Notebooks.
6 "Our Estate" Notebook.
7 Partition Agreement.
Shared property with Claire's brother, Coren Douglas Myers.
8 Power of Attorney.
9 Real Estate.
10 Trust Agreement.
11-15 Wills, Codicils, and Notes.
16 Miscellaneous.

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Photographs / Arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder
65 1 Pre-1910. / 28 items.
Many of these photographs are of Claire's family.
2 1910's. / 24 items.
Includes photographs of Claire and her classmates at Temple High School and the College of Industrial Arts in Denton, Texas.
3 Photo Album. / 1 item.
Most of the photographs in this album are of Claire and her classmates at the College of Industrial Arts in Denton, Texas.
4 Small Photo Albums. -n.d. / 2 items.
5 1937. / 1 item.
Large photograph of Claire.
Box Folder
66 1-2 1920s-1930's. / 52 items.
Includes many photographs of Claire and photographs of some of her suitors. Also of interest is a photograph of the Dauber and Pine Bookshops, Inc. where Claire worked.
3 1940's. / 9 items.
Includes a photograph of Claire, Lady Glen-Coats, and two unidentified women during one of many live radio broadcasts with the New Haven League of Women Voters.
4 1950's. / 39 items.
Most of these photographs are of Claire; in one, she poses with her book, Awakening to the Good. Also included are some photographs of her husband, Harry Thurston Owens.
5 1960's. / 22 items.
Most of these photographs are of Claire and her husband, Harry Thurston Owens, in Florida. In one photograph, Claire poses with her book, Discovery of the Self.
6-7 1970's. / 82 items.
Photographs of Claire and her friends from the Zen Center in Rochester, New York.
8 1980's. / 17 items.
Photographs of Claire and her friends from the Zen Center in Rochester, New York.
9 n.d. / 23 items.
Claire's New Haven, Connecticut, home on 286 Livingston Street.
10 n.d. / 8 items.
Negatives and slides.

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Video and Audio Recordings

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67 Claire Myers Owens on "A.M. Rochester" hosted by Matt Rinaldi. -1979. / One inch master video cassette and one VHS video cassette.
The interviews are a series of five 15-minute segments occurring over a week entitled "Claire Myers Owens Week." Claire discusses her book, Zen and the Lady; Zen Buddhism; the use of meditation as a pathway to enlightenment; and the importance of using both hemispheres of the brain.
Box Folder
68 1 Interview of Claire by Dr. Kenneth Ring. -1979. / 6 audio cassette tapes.
Discussions include Claire's book, Zen and the Lady; Zen Buddhism; and her life since childhood.
2 "Self-Realization, Induced and Spontaneous". -1973. / 2 audio cassette tapes (one is a rehearsal tape).
Montreal, October 21, 1973.
3 To Christian Church Members Regarding Zen Buddhism. -1973-1974. / 2 audio cassette tapes.
Rochester, New York, September 19, 1973; and similar lecture to Baptists, Rochester, New York, March 10, 1974. Claire's discussions include Zen Buddhism, self-realization, and her personal religious experiences.
4 Lectures. -1974-1979. / 3 audio cassette tapes.
Regarding self-realization presented to the American Association of University Women, February 14, 1974; regarding Claire's book, Awakening to the Good presented to the Atheneum Club, Rochester, New York, April 12, 1977; and "New Lifestyle in a New Age" presented to the Atheneum Club, Rochester, New York, October 5, 1979.
5 "The Joys of Aging". -1978. / 3 audio cassette tapes.
Presented to the Phenix Society, Connecticut, September 23, 1978.
6 Regarding Abraham Maslow and the Transpersonal Movement. -1979. / 2 audio cassette tapes (one is a rehearsal tape).
Presented to the 5th Interpersonal Conference of Transpersonal Psychology, Boston, November 9, 1979.
7 Miscellaneous Audio Cassette Recordings. -1974, n.d. / 7 audio cassette tapes.
Taped letter to Claire from Halcyon and Craig Learned, August 1974; "Aldous Huxley: Visionary Experience"; "Songs of the Soul," Sri Chinmoy; Beethoven's Quartet #15 in Aminov, Opus 132, Yale Quartet; lecture by Sir George Trevelyan (tapes are unintelligible); and "Transpersonal Phase II: From Fringe to the Center" by James Fadiman (tape is damaged).

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Miscellaneous

Box Folder
69 1 Business Cards.
2 Calendars.
3 Calling Cards.
"Mrs. Harry Thurston Owens."
4 Christmas Lists.
For purchases.
5 Health Diet.
Used by Claire.
6 Massage Instructions.
7 Poetry.
Not Claire's; George Elyou and unknown writer.
8 Recipes.
9 Writing Contest -- American Association of University Women.
Claire was chairperson.
Box
70-71 Directories/Address Books. / 22 items..

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Artifacts

Box
72-74 Miscellaneous.
Two pairs of eyeglasses with case.
Ribbon labels inscribed, "Mrs. H. Thurston Owens."
Two compact powder boxes (one empty)
Two letter openers.
One silver spoon inscribed, "High School Canadian Tex."
One pin and one medallion in a blue velvet box inscribed, "Republican Presidential Task Force."
Three hat pins.
One small black bag (Zen).
Printed stationary (8 envelopes and 8 sheets of paper).
Two-piece bright pink evening dress.
White with pink beaded evening bag.
One pair of silver evening shoes.
Three white monogrammed handkerchiefs.
One red handkerchief; one pink handkerchief.
One red scarf.
Three matching China cups and two saucers.
One silver dinner bell.

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Papers of Harry Thurston Owens

Box Folder
75 1 Correspondence -- General. -1868, 1946-1968. / 16 items.
2-8 Correspondence -- General. -1957-1969. / 133 items.
To and from Charles Gelatt.
9 Correspondence -- Club Membership. -1965-1967. / 3 items.
10 Correspondence -- General Business. -1949-1968. / 11 items.
11 Correspondence -- Insurance. -1947-1967. / 16 items.
12 Correspondence -- Legal. -1929-1969. / 52 items.
13 Family History -- Horns/Owens Genealogy. / 2 items.
14 Family History -- Henry Horn and Mary Thurston Cockcroft Obituaries. / 2 items.
15 Family History -- Harry Thurston Owens Obituary and Eulogy. / 11 items.
16 Financial Records. / 1922-1968. / 26 items.
17-18 Legal Records -- Wills (Horn and Owens Families). / 17 items.
19 Charles Gelatt Material. / 11 items.

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Papers of Coren Lee and Susan Myers

Box Folder
76 1 1887-1890. / 3 items.
Letters of recommendation on behalf of Susan Myers.
2-4 1892-1900. / 19 items.
Letters of recommendation on behalf of Coren Lee Myers.
5 1898. / 1 item.
Unknown correspondent.
6 n.d. / 6 items.
To Susan Myers from Coren Lee Myers. He is the principal at Troy High School in Troy, Texas.
7 1900. / 1 item.
To Susan Myers from her mother, Laura E. Allen.
8 1907. / 2 items.
To Susan Myers from Coren Lee Myers; one letter is from the Boulder-Colorado Sanitorium.
9 1932. / 3 items.
To Laura E. Allen (Susan Myers' mother) from Susan Myers.
10 1935. / 1 item.
To cousin Mary from Fannie Cobb Monroe.
11 Estate of Coren Lee Myers. -1936-1943.
12 Poem. -1889. / 1 item.
To Coren Lee Myers from his mother, Emma S..
13 Program: Bell County Teacher's Institute. -1898. / 1 item.
Coren Lee Myers is president and one of the speakers is Susan Myers' mother, Laura E. Allen.
14 Program: Bell County Teacher's Institute. -1899. / 1 item.
Coren Lee Myers is president.
15 Summer Normal Certificates. -1888-1890. / 2 items.
Awarded to Susan Myers.

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