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The Writings of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

Lecture Notes. A collection of seven untitled bound booklets, simply numbered one through seven, are preserved in the Boston University collection.  Published for the first time in 1988 by Ervin Seale and the Quimby Memorial Church and Foundation, the internal evidence of these booklets would suggest they were written sometime after 1844 and prior to 1847.

Dr. Quimby's Letters to His Patients.  Although he held no formal academic degrees, the title of Doctor was bestowed on Phineas Parkhurst Quimby by his friends, family, and the more than 12 thousand people who came to him, seeking relief from physical ailments and undesirable conditions.  There are approximately 70 letters to his patients, in the Boston University collection.

The Writings of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby presented on our web site are based on independent research that culminated in the publication of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond in October of 2009. The original handwritten Quimby documents are located in the Library of Congress, in Washington D. C., and the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center of Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. Additional handwritten copies of these documents are located at Houghton Library of Harvard University. The Quimby writings are available on this web site Alphabetically, and Chronologically. Read more...

Concordance.  An Internet version of the Phineas Parkhurst Quimby - Concordance on CD ROM, has been added to this web site and may be used free of charge.  To access the Internet Concordance System,  please click here.

Biographical Information

Biographical Sketch written by George A. Quimby, son of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby. Includes images of the original article as it appeared in The New England Magazine,  Volume 6, Issue 33, March 1888.

Biographical Sketch included as Chapter 1 of The Quimby Manuscripts Edited by Horatio W. Dresser, Publisher: Thomas Y Crowell, New York, N.Y. 1921.

Quimby The Pioneer and Quimby's Method of Healing, chapters 2 and 3, quoted from A History of the New Thought Movement, by Horatio W. Dresser, Publisher: Thomas Y Crowell, New York, N.Y. 1919.

P. P. Quimby this article fragment was written by Emma G. Ware, a patient, student and copyist of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby. In his article for The New England Magazine, George A. Quimby writes: "Among his earlier patients in Portland were the Misses [Emma and Sarah] Ware, daughters of the late Judge Ashur Ware, of the U.S. Court; and they became much interested in 'the Truth,' as he called it." This article is located in the Boston University collection.

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby quoted from The History of the City of Belfast, in the State of Maine, Volume II, 1875-1900, by Joseph Williamson,  completed and edited by Alfred Johnson,  originally published: Houghton Mifflin Company, The Riverside Press Cambridge, Boston and New York,  1913.

Biographical Information A brochure written for the Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Belfast, Maine by Ron Hughes, 2004.

Lucius Burkmar's Private Journal.  Published for the first time in 1988 by Dr. Ervin Seale and the Quimby Memorial Church and Foundation (Dr. Ervin Seale, editor, DeVorss & Co., 1988), the personal journal kept by Dr. Quimby's subject for experiments and demonstrations in mesmerism, Lucius Burkmar.  This journal spans from 1843 to 1845.

Letters of Introduction.  Published for the first time in 1988 by Dr. Ervin Seale and the Quimby Memorial Church and Foundation (Dr. Ervin Seale, editor, DeVorss & Co., 1988), the letters of introduction carried by P. P. Quimby and Lucius Burkmar.  These letters span from 1843 to 1845.

Letters of Quimby's Widow.  Letters written by Dr. Quimby's widow, Susannah Burnham (Haraden) Quimby.  Published for the first time by C. Alan Anderson Ph.D. as Appendix "I" of  Healing Hypotheses (Garland Publishing Inc., New York & London, 1993).

Books

The True History of Mental Science. A lecture delivered by Julius A. Dresser, at the Church Of The Divine Unity, Boston, Mass., on Sunday Evening, Feb. 6, 1887. Revised with additions. Published in pamphlet form, 1887.  Includes images of the pamphlet as printed in 1887.

The Philosophy of P. P. Quimby. With Selections from his Manuscripts and a Sketch of his Life. By Annetta Gertrude Dresser. First Edition, Geo. H. Ellis, Printer, 141 Franklin Street, Boston. Published in 1895.

The Quimby Manuscripts. Edited by Horatio W. Dresser, Publisher: Thomas Y Crowell, New York, N.Y., second edition, third printing 1921.

Healing Hypotheses. Dr. C. Alan Anderson's doctoral dissertation, Horatio W. Dresser and the Philosophy of New Thought, was published, with some additions, as Healing Hypotheses; (Garland Publishing Inc., New York & London, 1993). The book is out of print, but may be read on the Internet by clicking here.

Historical Class Notes

Notes On Class Lectures of Julius A. Dresser and his wife Annetta (Seabury) Dresser.  These Notes were taken by Mrs. Harriett Hemmenway beginning in January, 1887.

Dresser Lecture Notes taken by Abby Perry in Boston, Mass., 1887.

Synopsis of Mrs. Dresser's Lecture of Jan. 17th, 1888, copies from Abby Perry's notes.

Articles & Brochures

Quimby, New Thought and Southwestern College by Jim Nolan and Katherine Ninos. Originally published in the Winter 2010 issue of Heartlink of Southwestern College. Southwestern College of Santa Fe, New Mexico offers a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Master’s in Art Therapy / Counseling (the only one in New Mexico), with a strongly holistic emphasis. Visit their web site here.

Phineas P. Quimby, The Bible, and Healing. Robert Winterhalter is president of the Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion. His doctorate is in Biblical Studies. He is a minister both of Unity and of Divine Science, and has served in various field ministries. His Unity ordination is by the Unity-Progressive Council. Currently, he teaches in the External Degree Program of the Emma Curtis Hopkins College & Seminary. His books include The Odes of Solomon, The Fifth Gospel, Jesus' Parables, and the forthcoming work, The Healing Christ. He has done extensive research on the Quimby writings.

The Significance of Quimby For Our Times. written by Dr. Robert Winterhalter and presented before the Annual SSMR Conference - July 25th, 2002, which was held in conjunction with the 87th INTA Congress, Norfolk Virginia.

Quimby as Founder of New Thought. by Dr. C. Alan Anderson. Adapted from a talk presented July 20, 1996 International New Thought Alliance; Florida West Coast District Meeting; Clearwater, Florida.

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby. "THE FATHER OF NEW THOUGHT" Created on Oct. 6, 1995 by Dr. C. Alan Anderson, contributing editor of the three volume set, Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: The Complete Writings (Dr. Ervin Seale, editor, DeVorss & Co., 1988).

Quimby's Technique. Extracted from a writing of the same title by Horatio W. Dresser, probably written around 1930. Except for the omission of footnotes, the text here is essentially the same as that constituting Appendix B of Dr. C. Alan Anderson, Healing Hypotheses: Horatio W. Dresser and the Philosophy of New Thought (New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1993).

The Healing Idealism of P. P. Quimby, W. F. Evans, and the New Thought Movement. Written by Dr. C. Alan Anderson. From: Philosophy in the Life of a Nation: Papers Contributed to the Bicentennial Symposium of Philosophy, New York: Bicentennial Symposium of Philosophy, City University of New York Graduate Center, 1976, pp. 279-283; reprinted in The Journal of the Academy of Religion and Psychical Research, II, January, 1979, 25-30. This may well have been the only academic recognition of New Thought in connection with the Bicentennial of the United States. Converted October 9, 1995 by Alan Anderson.

Contrasting Strains of Metaphysical Idealism Contributing to New Thought written by Dr. C. Alan Anderson.  This writing is a preliminary survey of contrasting strains of metaphysical idealism contributing to New Thought.

Our Quimby Heritage. Dr. Herman J. Aaftink is founder-president of Quimby Foundation in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and contributing editor of the three volume set, Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: The Complete Writings (Dr. Ervin Seale, editor, DeVorss & Co., 1988).  Herman was the treasurer of the International New Thought Alliance for many years and co-chaired the INTA Congress in 1985 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Herman is author of  Brand New Me: The Art of Authentic Living (Cosmic Concepts).  A listing of the activities for the Life Enrichment Center may be found here.

Quimby's Method of Treatment written by Dr. Joseph MurphyMinister, Church of Divine Science, Los Angeles, California.  Originally published in New Thought Magazine, Spring, 1959, beginning on page 25.

The History of New Thought written by Dr. Emmet Fox. The New Thought Bulletin, originally published by the International New Thought Alliance in January, 1944. Raymond C. Barker, editor.

Can Disease Be Entirely Destroyed? written by Emma G. Ware who was one of the copyists that assisted Dr. Quimby in his Portland, Maine healing office from 1859 to 1865. This article was originally published in The Spirit of the New Thought: Essays and Addresses by Representative Authors and Leaders, Editor: Horatio W. Dresser, Publisher: Thomas Y Crowell, New York, N.Y. 1917, pp. 67—72.

Man a Medium of God written by Julius A. Dresser, published in The Spirit of the New Thought: Essays and Addresses by Representative Authors and Leaders, Editor: Horatio W. Dresser, Publisher: Thomas Y Crowell, New York, N.Y. 1917, pp. 59—66. Julius A. Dresser was a patient, an ardent follower, and an expounder of Quimby’s views.

A New Thought Sesquicentennial written by Dr. C. Alan Anderson for the Autumn, 1987 issue of the INTA New Thought quarterly magazine, in recognition of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby.

A New Thought Centennial written by C. Alan Anderson. Originally published in New Thought Quarterly, XLVIII (Winter, 1966).

The Complete Quimby written in 1989 for Creative Thought magazine by Dr. C. Alan Anderson.

Newspaper Articles

Historical Newspaper Articles.  Within the collection of the Phineas Parkhurst Quimby papers at the Library of Congress, is a scrapbook containing many newspaper articles that span his professional career.

Tribute

C. Alan Anderson Ph.D. (1930-2012). A personal tribute to C. Alan Anderson by the webmaster is available here. Dr. Anderson received the INTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 during their Congress in July. A biographical sketch of his background in New Thought was prepared. Although this sketch is now outdated, it demonstrates the impact New Thought has had on Anderson, and lists some of his various influences and contributions to the movement. You may read it here.

In Memoriam: Dr. C. Alan Anderson. Compiled by Blaine C. Mays and originally published in the Winter 2013 issue of INTA New Thought quarterly magazine, on page 6.

Remembering SSMR was originally published in the Summer 2012 issue of INTA New Thought quarterly magazine. This is also the last published writing of C. Alan Anderson Ph.D. (1930-2012). His wife, Dr. Deborah G. Whitehouse, is moving forward with the Process New Thought message on their web site: http://www.neweverymoment.com.

New Thought Movement Home Page A very large collection of links and information concerning the New Thought Movement. Created Oct. 5, 1995 by Alan Anderson. This important historical resource is now housed in our own archives.

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