Accession A2015-069 - Howard Newns Reed accrual

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Howard Newns Reed accrual

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CA UMASC MSS 381-A2015-069

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  • 1965-2009 (Creation)
    Reed, Howard Newns

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0.25 m textual records; 3 books; 2 photographs; 2 audio recordings (audio cassette and CD)

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Howard Newns Reed was born in London on April 28, 1914 to Morris and Emmaline Reed. He studied at the London Hospital Medical School and became an optometrist, graduating in 1941. During the Second World War, medical practitioners were being called up to utilize their skills as part of the armed forces. Reed opted to join the Colonial Medical Service in Africa where he was stationed in Tanzania until returning to England in 1946. Shortly afterwards, Reed moved to Winnipeg to open an optometry clinic. Though the collection of spiritual science material in his Winnipeg home would become immense, it wasn’t until 1963 that Reed came into contact with Spiritualism. Shortly after his mother’s death, Mary Wright, a medium who was married to Reed’s father’s cousin, contacted Reed and told him that she had experienced a vision of his mother, who instructed her to write to Howard and say how sorry she was that in life she did not know of Spiritualist communication with the departed. Reed became intrigued, but it wasn’t until 1970, on a trip back to England, that Reed decided to attend a Spiritualist sitting. This, in turn, led to his attendance at a Spiritualist church service which impressed Reed and stoked both his spiritual and scientific curiosity, leading to more and more research and dabbling. Before his death in 2010, Reed collected approximately 3,000 books related to spiritual science, many of which were donated to the Survival Research Institute of Canada (SRIC) between 2000 and 2006.

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The second accession (A15-69) was also transferred by SRIC, in 2015, from materials donated by Howard Reed from 2000-2006, and by his estate in 2010; the materials removed from books that were donated to SRIC were removed and sorted by Walter Meyer zu Erpen.

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This second accession of the Howard Newns Reed fonds is composed of several unpublished works of George W. Meek (ca. 1984-96), 8) correspondence and other materials removed from Reed's books still held at SRIC, projectiology and hypnosis publications, publications by the Foundation Church of the New Birth, and sound recordings.

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This collection is arranged in part with the transferring agent in accordance with specifications he provided. The two accessions have been kept separate.

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This fonds is one of a series of fonds and collections transferred to the Archives by Walter Meyer zu Erpen, President of the Survival Research Institute of Canada. It is related to the various other Psychical Research and Spiritualist Collections that the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections has attracted since it acquired the Hamilton Family fonds (MSS 14). It is especially related to the Walter David Falk fonds (MSS 443), as Howard Reed and Walter Falk were close friends.

Audiovisual material was removed from 2 books and placed in their own folder: 1 audiocassette from the “The Property” movie/TV show proposal, and 1 CD from “Songs of the Soul.” Newspaper clippings were photocopied and discarded on 22 June 2015.

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