MS Am 2800
Quimby, P. P. (Phineas Parkhurst), 1802-1866. P. P. Quimby manuscript transcripts
and other papers, ca. 1880-1951: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MS Am 2800
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Quimby, P. P. (Phineas Parkhurst), 1802-1866.
Title: P. P. Quimby manuscript transcripts and other papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Manuscript transcripts, in various hands, of the writings of American mental healer,
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby.
57M-38. Gift of Malcolm Dresser and Dorothea Dresser Reeves; received: 1957 October 1.
Donors are the children of Horatio Willis Dresser, who was the son of Julius and
Annetta Seabury Dresser, disciples of Quimby.
Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open
Material was formerly restricted; restriction lifted in 1996.
P. P. Quimby Manuscript Transcripts and Other Papers, ca. 1880-1951 (MS Am 2800).
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Quimby manuscripts are also held by the Manuscript Collection of the Library of Congress
and Special Collections at Boston University.
Two books were removed to Houghton's printed book collection:
- Annetta Gertrude Dresser. The philosophy of P. P. Quimby, with selections from his manuscripts and a sketch
of his life. Boston: G. H. Ellis, 1895.
- P. P. (Phineas Parkhurst) Quimby. The Quimby manuscripts, showing the discovery of spiritual healing and the origin
of Christian science, ed. by Horatio W. Dresser. New York: T. Y. Crowell company, 1921.
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802-1866) was a New England mesmerist, teacher, and mental
healer who lived in Belfast, Maine. He developed an original healing philosophy related
to mesmerism and Swedenborgianism which essentially was "a belief system that included
the tenet that illness originated in the mind as a consequence of erroneous beliefs
and that a mind open to God's wisdom could overcome any illness." Upon his death Quimby
left behind only loosely organized and unpublished manuscripts which were later publicized
by his patient-disciples, especially Annetta Seabury Dresser, Julius Dresser, and
Warren Felt Evans, who developed Quimby's teachings into the New Thought or Mind Cure
philosophy. A fourth disciple, Mary Baker Eddy, transformed her interpretation of
the Quimby manuscripts into the basis for the Church of Christ, Scientist. Quimby
is thought by some to have been the first secular psychotherapist to practice in the
United States. Source: Robert C. Fuller. "Quimby, Phineas Parkhurst", American National
Biography Online, Feb. 2000.
See the The Quimby manuscripts, showing the discovery of spiritual healing and the origin
of Christian science, ed. by Horatio W. Dresser; page 17, for additional information on Quimby transcripts. See also Houghton curatorial
file for note from past scholars using collection.
Organized into the following series:
- I. Manuscript transcripts of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby writings
- II. Other papers
Collection includes manuscript transcripts of selections from Quimby's original writings.
These notebook transcripts concerning Quimby's works were possibly copied by Emma
G. Ware, Sarah Ware, George A. Quimby (his son), and others. The dates of Quimby's
work in transcript form are from 1859-1865. Also includes various printed related
- Series: I. Manuscript transcripts of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby writings
- (5). Quimby, P. P. (Phineas Parkhurst), 1802-1866. The words Christian Science on Page 20. Excerpts from Volume 7 : manuscript transcripts, undated. 1 volume in 1 folder.
A bound notebook volume. Title taken from front cover.
Volume includes a table of contents at start of volume. Also includes a note by copyist:
"Words Christian Science on page 20. In the manuscript book from which I copied this
article in 1884, Mr. Geo. A. [Quimby] has written: 'This was written in February 1863.
Mrs. Eddy did not see Dr. Quimby until Oct. 1863' p. 94. He meant 1862."
Includes the following texts:
- Volume 7: A prophesy concerning the nation.
- Volume 7: Rebellion.
- Volume 7: Rebellion.
- Volume 7: New England.
- Volume 7: Concerning revolutions and rebellions.
- Volume 7: A lecturer when he analyzes.
- Volume 7: Society aristocracy democracy.
- Volume 7: Two ?
- Volume 7: The poor vs. the rich.
- Volume 7: On the draft.
- Volume 7: The assassination of Lincoln.
- Volume 7: Disease. Casper Hanse.
- Volume 7: The two brothers. Opposites etc... gasses.
- Series: II. Other papers
- (7). The case against Christian Science : typescript carbon, undated. 1 folders
- (8). Charles Scribner's Sons. The blight that failed : printed pamphlet, 1930? 1 folders
Concerns the controversy about Edwin Franden Dakin's book Mrs. Eddy: The biography of a virginal mind.
- (9). Clippings and articles concerning Christian Science and the Quimby manuscripts, various
dates. 1 folders
- (10). Dittemore, John Valentine, 1876-. Typescript mimeograph copy letter to MacMillan Company, 1930 October 23. 1 folders
Criticizes Lyman Powell's book, Mary Baker Eddy.
- (11). Dresser, Julius A. The true history of mental science. A lecture delivered at the Church of the Divine
Unity, Boston, Mass. on Sunday Evening, Feb. 6, 1887 : printed pamphlet, 1887. 1 folders
Printed by Alfred Mudge & Son.
- (12). Dresser, Julius A. The true history of mental science. The facts concerning the discovery of mental healing : printed pamphlet, 1899. 1 folders
Revised, with notes and additions, by Horatio W. Dresser.
Includes a manuscript note: Keep, This last copy I have. GAQ [George A. Quimby].
Printed by Geo. H. Ellis.
- (13). Hawkins, Ann Ballew, 1892-. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby. Revealer of spiritual healing to this age. His life and
what he taught (based on the Quimby manuscripts and original letters in the Library
of Congress) : printed pamphlet, 1951. 1 folders
Published by the author.
- (14). Notes about the Christian Science controversy : manuscript, undated. 1 folders
- (16). Wood, Clement, 1888-1950. The real Mary Baker Eddy : printed pamphlet, 1925. 1 folders
Published by Haldeman-Julius Company; Part of the Little Blue Book series, no. 982.