Good news to all about the new Howarth Gurdjieff Archive, on the occasion of Dushka’s birthday month!
The archive provides a wealth of previously unpublished multimedia resources for Gurdjieff Movements teachers and musicians who play for Movements classes.
We are pleased that the final library shipments of the Gurdjieff Movements resources and Dushka Howarth’s other archive materials are due by end of September. Next, the research department of the New York Public Library, the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, begins its own archiving process to provide an on-line catalog and non-circulating, public archive access in its secured reading room located at Lincoln Center, NY, NY.
This extensive paper, photographic and mixed media collection at NYPL will be called the “Howarth Gurdjieff Archive. ” It is intended to be cross-referenced with other materials at NYPL related to the Gurdjieff Work. Much of the archive contents will be publicly available for the first time.
In the coming months, look in the NYPL on-line catalog and Finding Aids on the NYPL website for what is publicly available:
We all owe much heartfelt thanks for a wide range of volunteer assistance and donations from supporters around the world. They enabled the preliminary preparations needed for the NYPL curators to assimilate the massive archive collection more effectively.
We are also grateful to NYPL for the Performing Arts which, after a year of exploration and deliberations following Dushka Howarth’s death, accepted the voluminous Howarth Gurdjieff Archive. NYPL is now the permanent repository of original Gurdjieff Movements resource materials, many of which become more fragile with age and require preservation expertise. These rare original materials were assembled by Jessmin Howarth and her daughter Dushka Howarth (daughter of George I. Gurdjieff), both renown international Gurdjieff Movements authorities.
With the Howarth Gurdjieff Archive now at NYPL as an invaluable resource for the authentic transmission of the Gurdjieff Movements, the Gurdjieff Heritage Society Inc will focus on other aspects of its mission. This is a new opportunity for anyone who wishes to continue on-going support, or to newly join in. We especially wish to hear again from experienced Movements teachers who expressed an interest in helping with the preliminary archive preparations, but could not because of time or distance limitations. Now we have a new capacity for such volunteer Movements teachers to help remotely over the internet.
In particular, an experiment is being considered to form up to three informal
voluntary “advisory groups.” These groups could be connected through the internet
to facilitate international participation, support effective use of the archive at NYPL,
make suggestions and/or provide relevant expertise for future related activities.
If you or someone you know has a special interest or expertise related to any of the following, please join our email distribution list now. Unless you have already done so, please re-join to fill out our brief survey form which is intended to guide later follow-up regarding possible advisory groups:
1) Gurdjieff Movements
2) Gurdjieff Music
3) publication of a possible future second edition of the Howarth memoirs in the future, and/or appropriate archive materials, including “IT’S UP TO OURSELVES”, A Mother A Daughter and Gurdjieff, a shared memoir and family photo album.”
The on-line links to join the email distribution list,
or to re-join for survey questions,
are found at www.GurdjieffHeritageSociety.org until September 30th, and
continuing thereafter at www.Gurdjieff-Heritage-Society.org.
In any event, we hope you make good use of the Howarth Gurdjieff Archive, soon and in many years to come.
With best wishes –
Gurdjieff Heritage Society, Inc.