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Special Collections, Hartley Library, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ
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The collection is one of only a few sources for the publications of the Rosicrucian Order's Crotona Fellowship. Pamphlets such as Rosicrucian Philosophy: Pointers for Students and Secrets of the Rosicrucians were published by the Crotona Press, as were plays by its founder, George Sullivan, writing as Alex Mathews e.g. Twilight on the Threshold: a Mystic Play. Digitised versions of many of these publications can be found on Internet Archive
The books on mythology, hermeticism, freemasonry, mesmerism and alchemy give an indication of the range of interests of the Fellowship and there are also books by and about those associated with earlier Rosicrucian groups such as Francis Bacon and Robert Fludd.
Extent: 140 books ranging in date from the 16th century to the 20th century.
The Rosicrucian Collection is part of Special Collections on level 4 of the Hartley Library and items are fetched for use in the Archives, Manuscripts and Rare Books Search Room.
The Search Room is now open Tuesday-Thursday 1000-1600. All visits are by prior appointment and all visitors will be required to book their visit and to order their material at least 3 working days in advance. You can either book a standard booking for 1 day, for which there is a limit of 10 items or for bookings of 2 or more concurrent days then the limit is 20 items per day.
Bookings are made by emailing Archives@soton.ac.uk providing details of name, University ID number (members of the University of Southampton only), permanent residential address and contact details, date of visit and list of items to be consulted.
If you do not have a University I.D. Card, you will need to show photographic I.D. and a form of I.D. which includes your permanent residential address when you enter the Hartley Library and also when you arrive at the Search Room.
The Rosicrucian Order Crotona Fellowship was established in Liverpool in 1924 by George Alexander Sullivan (1890-1942). In 1935 the Fellowship moved to Dorset and built the Ashrama Hall and the Christchurch Garden Theatre at Somerford in Christchurch. Members studied occult sciences and esoteric subjects under the leadership of Sullivan and performed in his mystical plays.
Two members of the Fellowship who later became well-known were Gerald Gardner (1884-1964), described as the father of modern Wicca and who claimed to have been initiated into a New Forest coven by another member of the group, and Peter Caddy (1917-1994), a co-founder of the Findhorn Community.
The Fellowship survived for only a few years after the death of George Sullivan in 1942 and its Library was eventually deposited at the University Library in 1977.
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Bound volumes cannot be photocopied but you can request photographic or microfilm copies, subject to the age and condition of the item.
See Reprographics Service for a list of the types of copy available and charges.
There are references to the Crotona Fellowship in the following books: