Los Angeles/San Francisco, CA: Church of Light, c.1938, 1975. Unique. Earl Galvin (1946-1998) based in San Francisco, was an early part of the Gay Liberation Front (1969-1971), the first radical direct action group that emerged in New York after the legendary Stonewall Riots. His papers are at the GLBT Historical Society. It appears Galvin was studying astrology and Eastern philosophy in the years post-Stonewall.
Many of the worksheets in the collection were generated from the Church of Light based in Los Angeles. The Church of Light was incorporated November 2, 1932 in Los Angeles, California. Its mission is “to teach, practice, and disseminate The Religion of The Stars, a way of life for the Aquarian Age, as set forth in writings of C.C. Zain.” The 1932 reorganization as The Church of Light was a response to ordinances passed that year by Los Angeles County “prohibiting both the teaching and practice of astrology." The typescript journal included is from the Church of Light based in Wichita, Kansas, Vol. 1, Number IV, 1938. It features articles, lesson reviews, and worksheets, one image of members from Kansas and also features an image of members in Accra, Gold Coast , West Coast Africa. The collection also includes materials from the astrological faculty based in San Francisco, from the director Doris Chase Doane.
"A noted astrologer, Doane was born April 4, 1913, at Mansfield, Massachusetts. After high school she left New England for California to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, from which she received her B.S. in psychology in 1944. She had previously become interested in astrology and associated herself with Elbert Benjamine (C.C. Zain) and the Church of Light. She taught astrology while going through the complete Church of Light curriculum, which she completed the same year as her work at UCLA. Besides her works in astrology, Doane gave a considerable amount of time to changing laws that prevented astrologers from operating in some states and cites by equating astrology with fortune-telling. In that endeavor she became a strong advocate for training, professionalism, and certification of astrologers. She was elected president of the American Federation of Astrologers in 1979." Very Good+. Approximately ~50 leaves of unpublished manuscript and typescript material. Various paging with handwritten and typed text, including correspondence, newsletters, curriculum, and single sheet astrological natal charts. Also includes 4 oversize printed posters and a staple/ribbon bound single journal issue. Most in protective sheets 3 whole punch mylar. In very good condition. Item #10308