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Imaginative Cognition and Inspired Cognition (Lectures Section)
This single lecture is the seventh of eleven lectures given by Rudolf Steiner at Oslo, Berlin, and Dornach during the Christmas Season of 1921. It is from the lecture series entitled, Norse and Middle European Spiritual Impulses, published in German as, Nordische und Mitteleuropaeische Geisimpulse. Das Fest der Erscheinung Christi. Der Mensch in seinem Zusammenhang mit dem Kosmos. Band IX. This typescript version was translated by Violet E. Watkin. Link: http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA209/English/UNK1960/ImaCog_index.html [...]
Sun, Mar 31, 2019
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Albert Steffen as Lyric Poet (Lectures Section)
This essay/article, Albert Steffen as Lyric Poet, was written on the 15th of January, 1922, and published in Das Goetheanum. It is part of GA 36, entitled Articles from Das Goetheanum 1921-1925 and published in German as, Der Goetheanumgedanke Inmitten der Kulturkrisis der Gegenwart. Gesammelte Aufsätze aus der Wochenschrift "Das Goetheanum 1921-1925. Link: http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA036/English/FRS1943/AlbStf_index.html [...]
Fri, Mar 15, 2019
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An Observer of World Crises (Articles Section)
This essay/article, An Observer of World Crises, was written on the 26th of February, 1922, and published in Das Goetheanum. It is part of GA 36, entitled Articles from Das Goetheanum 1921-1925 and published in German as, Der Goetheanumgedanke Inmitten der Kulturkrisis der Gegenwart. Gesammelte Aufsätze aus der Wochenschrift "Das Goetheanum 1921-1925. Link: http://wn.rsarchive.org/Articles/GA036/English/FRS1944/ObCris_index.html [...]
Fri, Mar 15, 2019
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Ecclesiastical Moons 2019 (Rel. Articles Section)
The Marinelli directory files. Link: /RelArtic/AdamsMaryStewart/EasterDate.html [...]
Fri, Mar 08, 2019
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Knowledge as a Source of Healing (Lectures Section)
Two lectures on: the concept of disease in old and new times. The blue-blindness of the Greeks. Diseased forces of our intellectual life. The life-time gap between natural necessity and morality and its overcoming. Link: http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA198/English/UNK1956/KnoHel_index.html [...]
Thu, Feb 28, 2019
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History of the Initiative

The e.Librarian, circa 1978 ...

The e.Librarian, circa 1978 …

1980 to the Present

In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Werner Glas and Hans Gebert were both at the Rudolf Steiner Institute, then located in Southfield, Michigan. The e.Librarian — then affectionately known as “the bearded one,” or “that guy over there” (see photo) — was fairly new to Anthroposophy at that time, and was constantly bombarding both of the “G-men” with questions like, “Do you remember where Steiner said such-and-such?” Or, “Was it in this lectures series, or that lecture series that Steiner referred to blah-blah?”

At that time, the e.Librarian had over 15 years of experience in developing databases for computers, so it was suggested to Dr. Glas that a database be created with all of Rudolf Steiner’s works in it. This database could be used as a reference tool by the Anthroposophical Community. As a side benefit, it would free up time for him as it would keep me busy and out of his hair — that elicited a smile and a pat on the shoulder.

He said this would be a very large project, considering the amount of data, and that there were no electronic copies of any of Steiner’s writings at that time. But he did think it was a worthy effort, and that it should be someone like the “bearded one” to tackle it. Other folks at the Institute thought it would be a great thing to do, though very time-consuming.

At first, the writings were typed in — my being the worst 2-fingered typist in the world didn’t help — and it was indeed a slow process. There were about 100 Steiner books in my library at that time, and it looked like an endless job! As the technology grew, and hand-held scanners became available, the books were scanned electronically and converted to text. The technology may have grown, but it was a long way from what it is today. Character recognition was primitive then, and it took hours just to get cleanly scanned pages, and more hours correcting and proof-reading each document.

Finding and buying older Steiner translations was one of the perks of this job. Haunting Mayflower books was a great pastime, and traveling around, seeking out the odd bookstore to rummage through their shelves was a real treat, too. You never know what you’ll find: I went into a small bookstore in Hollywood, Florida where they only sold used paperback books, specializing in mysteries. I came out with about 30 old Steiner paperbacks from the 60’s and 70’s! More »

Statement of Purpose and Intent

Many people have asked “what is the intent and/or purpose of this Archive” — or words to that effect. This document should answer almost all of those questions. Other questions will be tackled as the need arises.

What we have here is a Library: just like the community-based libraries that are all over the world, we have books, reference materials, and various printed media for use by its patrons. We also have the tools necessary to find the information that is sought by those patrons. Be it catalogues, indexes, or whatever, the tools are in place. Also like your local library, we are striving to provide what is of interest to the “community”, and to supply the newest and best tools.

The simile continues in that all of the materials presented for patron use are either purchased, or have been donated. The “community” is invited to take advantage of this wealth of information to better the individuals, and ultimately, strengthen the “community”. This will “rub off” on the adjacent communities, and … Well, you know how it goes? We all affect one another.

We are a type of lending institution. Our offerings are for the use of the patrons, not to be kept, but to be returned so that others can take advantage of the materials. If you want to have your own copy of some of what we offer, we suggest that you buy that item. We encourage everyone to create their own library by buying those books, pictures, or other items for themselves. The rule is: use, don’t abuse. More »

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