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George Naughton Collection

1969-1991 (Bulk: 1972-1978)
4 Boxes (3 linear feet)
Call no.: FS 015

George Naughton was born in 1951 into an academically inclined family. His father, Thomas, was a writer and magazine editor and his mother a music teacher; his grandfather Julius Seelye Bixler was a college professor and president of Colby College (1942-1960); and his great-great-grandfather Julius Seelye served as the fifth president of Amherst College (1876-1890). Naughton grew up in the 1960s in Old Saybrook, Conn. He graduated from Mount Hermon School in 1969 and from New College in Sarasota, Fla., with a BA in General Studies, in 1973. For the next few years, Naughton lived, worked, and meditated in Cambridge, Mass., and California, then in March of 1978 moved to Amherst and took a job at UMass. From 1978 until his retirement in 2011, he worked in University Information Systems in Whitmore Administration Building. Now president of the Amherst Historical Society, Naughton is also active in the Pelham Historical Society and lives in Pelham with his wife, Cindy.

Naughton’s lifelong interests have included mathematics, science fiction, cultural alternatives, and books, and he accumulated a wide collection of print material on a variety of topics. The Naughton Collection is a reflection of many of those interests and comprises underground comics as well as pamphlets, periodicals, and ephemera on spirituality, new age thinking, counterculture, politics, the environment and sustainability, and intentional communities.

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Background on George B. Naughton

George Naughton was born in 1951 into an academically inclined family. His father, Thomas, was a writer and magazine editor until his death in 1959. His mother, Mary, had a varied career with the War Refugee Board and the Office of War Information in Turkey; on the copy desk at Time magazine; and as a music teacher. His grandfather Julius Seelye Bixler, a graduate of Amherst College, taught religion and theology at Smith College and Harvard Divinity School and served as president of Colby College in Maine (1942-1960); and his great-great-grandfather Julius Hawley Seelye was the fifth president of Amherst College (1876-1890).

One of four children, Naughton grew up in the 1960s in Old Saybrook, Conn. He graduated from Mount Hermon School in 1969 and from New College in Sarasota, Fla., with a BA in General Studies, in 1973. For the next few years, his interest in new age thinking and counterculture burgeoning, Naughton lived, worked, and meditated in Cambridge, Mass., and California. In March 1978, he moved to Amherst and went to work at UMass. From 1978 until his retirement in 2011, he worked in University Information Systems in Whitmore Administration Building. Now president of the Amherst Historical Society, Naughton is also active in the Pelham Historical Society and lives in Pelham with his wife, Cindy.

Scope of collection

The Naughton Collection is a reflection of many of Naughton's lifelong interests and comprises underground comics as well as pamphlets, periodicals, and ephemera on spirituality, new age thinking, the occult, counterculture, politics, the environment and sustainability, and intentional communities. Publications and printed material from the Findhorn Foundation, a spiritual community in Scotland founded in 1962, and from the Whole Earth publications of Stewart Brand are well represented.

Series descriptions

This series includes single and miscellaneous printed items including pamphlets or booklets, underground comics, brochures, mailings, and some typed and photocopied materials, covering subjects such as meditation, theosophy, information on spiritual communities, and Findhorn community resources. Some handwritten notes are also included.

The bulk of the collection comprises periodical publications: journals and magazines. Some are represented extensively including Center magazine, published by the think tank Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions; magazines of the Findhorn Foundation, including One Earth and One Earth Image; and Coevolution quarterly and its successor, Whole Earth Review.

Inventory

Series 1. Comics, pamphlets, and ephemera
1971-1986
Ashram of the world mother: clippings and fliers
1978-1981, undated
Box 1: 1
Booklet: Kriyananda, S. The mastery of consciousness: transcending time with dream symbols
1964
Box 1: 2
Booklet: Kriyananda, S. Occult consciousness, symbols and the power of prediction
1964
Box 1: 3
Booklet: Kriyananda, S. Reincarnation and past-life recall
1965
Box 1: 4
Comics: Dan O'Neill's comics and stories
1975
Box 1: 5
Comics: Fabulous furry freak brothers
1971-1972, 1980
Box 1: 6
Comics: Meef comix
1972-1973
Box 1: 7
Comics: Terry Beatty's the phony pages
1986
Box 1: 8
Exhibition poster
undated
Box 4
Findhorn articles and information
1975-1977
Box 1: 9
Findhorn brochures
1976-1978
Box 1: 10
Institute for Wholistic Education mailings
1978
Box 1: 11
Lama Foundation Cookbook Fund poster
ca.1969
Box 1: 12
Mandala calendar
1977
Box 4
Pamphlet: Formulas for health, happiness, and success
undated
Box 1: 13
Pamphlet: Keepers of the Flame
1975
Box 1: 14
Pamphlets: Meditation group for the new age
1978-1979
Box 1: 15
Pamphlet: Nicholas Roerich: a brief biography
1977 (1964)
Box 1: 16
Pamphlet: The science of the aura, by S. G. J. Ouseley
1973 (1949)
Box 1: 17
Pamphlet: Shamballa
ca.1974
Box 1: 18
Pamphlet: Spangler, David. Links with space
1976 (1971)
Box 1: 19
Pamphlet: Spangler, David. The vision of Findhorn in world transformation
1971
Box 1: 20
Pamphlet: The spiritual hierarchy
undated
Box 1: 21
Pamphlet: The Wesak festival
undated
Box 1: 22
Pamphlet: The world builders, by Roberto Assagioli
undated
Box 1: 23
Tarot; astrology
undated
Box 1: 24
Tarot; magic; rituals
undated
Box 1: 25
Tarot; magic; rituals
undated
Box 1: 26
U.S. Constitution simplified (study aid)
1973
Box 1: 27
Various mailings
1973-1978
Box 1: 28
Series 2. Periodicals
1969-1991
Aegis
1984
Box 1: 29
Ashram of the world mother: rays of the dawn
1977 Oct-Nov
Box 1: 30
Ashram of the world mother: rays of the dawn
1977 Nov-1978 Feb
Box 1: 31
Center magazine
1969 Mar
Box 1: 32
Center magazine
1969 May
Box 1: 33
Center magazine
1969 July
Box 1: 34
Center magazine
1969 Sep
Box 1: 35
Center magazine
1969 Nov
Box 1: 36
Center magazine
1970 Jan
Box 1: 37
Center magazine
1970 Mar
Box 1: 38
Center magazine
1970 May
Box 1: 39
Center magazine
1970 Jul
Box 1: 40
Center magazine
1970 Sep
Box 1: 41
Center magazine
1970 Nov-Dec
Box 1: 42
Center magazine
1971 Mar-Apr
Box 1: 43
Center magazine
1971 May
Box 1: 44
Center magazine
1971 Jul-Aug
Box 1: 45
Center magazine
1971 Sep-Oct
Box 1: 46
Center magazine
1971 Nov-Dec
Box 1: 47
Center magazine
1972 Jan-Feb
Box 1: 48
Center magazine
1972 Mar-Apr
Box 1: 49
Center magazine
1972 Jul-Oct
Box 1: 50
Center magazine
1972 Nov-1973 Feb
Box 1: 51
Center magazine
1973 Mar-Jun
Box 1: 52
Center magazine
1973 Jul-Aug
Box 1: 53
Center occasional paper: the art of the impossible
1969 Apr-Jun
Box 1: 54
Center occasional paper: pacem in maribus
1970
Box 1: 55
Center occasional paper: Center report
1970 Dec-1971 Feb
Box 1: 56
Center occasional paper: Center report
1971 April-Oct
Box 1: 57
Center report
1971 Dec-1972 Feb
Box 1: 58
Center report
1972 Oct-Dec
Box 1: 59
Center report
1973 Feb-Apr
Box 1: 60
Coevolution quarterly
1974 Dec
Box 1: 61
Coevolution quarterly
1975 June
Box 1: 62
Coevolution quarterly
1975 Dec
Box 1: 63
Coevolution quarterly
1976 March
Box 1: 64
Coevolution quarterly
1976 June
Box 1: 65
Coevolution quarterly
1976 Sept
Box 1: 66
Coevolution quarterly
1976 Dec
Box 1: 67
Coevoluion quarterly
1977 March
Box 1: 68
Coevolution quarterly
1977 June
Box 1: 69
Coevolution quarterly
1977 Sept
Box 1: 70
Coevolution quarterly
1977 Dec
Box 1: 71
Coevolution quarterly
1978 March
Box 2: 1
Coevolution quarterly
1978 June
Box 2: 2
Coevolution quarterly
1978 Sept
Box 2: 3
Coevolution quarterly
1978 Dec
Box 2: 4
Coevolution quarterly
1979 March
Box 2: 5
Coevolution quarterly
1979 June
Box 2: 6
Coevolution quarterly
1979 September
Box 2: 7
Coevolution quarterly
1979 Dec
Box 2: 8
Coevolution quarterly
1980 March
Box 2: 9
Coevolution quarterly
1980 June
Box 2: 10
Coevolution quarterly
1980 Dec
Box 2: 11
East west journal
1973 Oct-1976 Nov
Box 4
East west
1977 May
Box 2: 12
East west
1986 May
Box 2: 13
Environment
1969 Oct
Box 2: 14
Hampshire energy handbook
1981
Box 2: 15
Harmonist magazine
1987
Box 2: 16
Heart and wings journal
1986 Feb-Aug
Box 2: 17
Heart and wings journal
1986 Nov, 1989 June
Box 2: 18
Horticulture
1980 Feb
Box 2: 19
Magical blend
1980
Box 2: 20
Magical blend
1981
Box 2: 21
Magical blend
1982
Box 2: 22
Magical blend
1982
Box 2: 23
Magical blend
1984
Box 2: 24
Magical blend
1985
Box 2: 25
Magical blend
1986
Box 2: 26
Metaphysical journal
1983 July
Box 2: 27
Mother earth news
1970-Jan
Box 2: 28
Mother Jones
1980 Sept
Box 2: 29
Mureed's newsletter
1985 June
Box 2: 30
New age
1976 Jul
Box 2: 31
New age
1976 Oct-Nov
Box 2: 32
New age
1978 March, Oct
Box 2: 33
New age journal
1974 Dec
Box 2: 34
New age journal
1975 Feb, May
Box 2: 35
New age journal
1988 Sept, 1991 Feb
Box 2: 36
New Alchemy Institute annual report
1981 Jun
Box 2: 37
New Alchemy newsletter
1978
Box 2: 38
New Alchemy newsletter
1980
Box 2: 39
New Alchemy quarterly
1981
Box 2: 40
New Alchemy quarterly
1982
Box 2: 41
New Alchemy quarterly
1983
Box 2: 42
New England network of light directory
1983 Feb
Box 2: 43
New journal
1974 Nov
Box 2: 44
New roots
1979 Sept, 1980 Dec
Box 2: 45
New roots
1981 Feb, ca. Oct
Box 2: 46
One earth 1 (Findhorn magazine)
1975
Box 2: 47
One earth 2 (Findhorn magazine)
1976
Box 2: 48
One earth 3 (Findhorn magazine)
1977
Box 2: 49
One earth 4 (Findhorn magazine)
1977
Box 2: 50
One earth 5 (Findhorn magazine)
1978
Box 2: 51
One earth 6 (Findhorn magazine)
1978
Box 2: 52
One earth 7 (Findhorn magazine)
1979
Box 2: 53
One earth (Findhorn magazine)
1980 Aug-1981
Box 2: 54
One earth (Findhorn magazine)
1981 April-Nov
Box 2: 55
One earth (Findhorn magazine)
1982 Jan-July
Box 2: 56
One earth (Findhorn magazine)
1982 Oct-1983 April
Box 3: 1
One earth (Findhorn magazine)
1983 June-1983 Dec
Box 3: 2
One earth (Findhorn magazine)
1984 Feb-Sept
Box 3: 3
One earth (Findhorn magazine)
1984 Nov-1985 March
Box 3: 4
One earth image (Findhorn magazine)
1980 Feb-June
Box 3: 5
Open letter (Findhorn publication)
1977 Aug-1978 Jul
Box 3: 6
Open letter (Findhorn publication)
1978 Sep-1979 May
Box 3: 7
Open letter (Findhorn publication)
1979 Jul-Nov
Box 3: 8
Process 5: fear
undated
Box 3: 9
Process: on death
1972 Jan
Box 3: 10
Process: on love
undated
Box 3: 11
Process: visions of the millennium
ca.1974
Box 3: 12
Shaman's drum
1985 June
Box 3: 13
Whole earth review
1985 Dec
Box 3: 14
Whole earth review
1986 Sept
Box 3: 15
World goodwill commentary
1973 Oct
Box 3: 16

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of George Naughton.

Processing Information

Processed by Nathan Giacalone, October 2018.

Full-length published works collected by George Naughton are separated.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: George Naughton Collection (FS 015). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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Subjects

  • Brand, Stewart
  • Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
  • Counterculture--Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Counterculture--Periodicals
  • Environmentalism--Periodicals
  • Findhorn Foundation
  • Green movement--Periodicals
  • Kriyananda, Swami
  • Meditation--Periodicals
  • New Age movement--Periodicals
  • New Alchemy Institute
  • Process Church of the Final Judgement
  • Renewable energy sources--Periodicals
  • Spangler, David, 1945-
  • Spiritualism--Periodicals
  • Sustainability--Periodicals

Contributors

  • Naughton, George B. [main entry]

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