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Kaye Hyde Manuscript and Ephemera Collection, 1922-1979 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Kaye Hyde Manuscript and Ephemera Collection, 1922-1979Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Hyde, L. Kaye (1900-1979)

Extent: 1.27 Linear Feet


Series I: Correspondence and Personal Documents

Series II: Ephemera

Series III: Newsletters

Series IV: Newspaper Clippings

Series V: Oversize Materials

Date Acquired: 00/00/2005. More info below under Accruals.

Forms of Material: Personal Papers

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Most of the materials in this collection were found tucked inside the books of Kaye Hyde's personal collection, donated by his son Hugh Hyde in 2005. Materials include correspondence, Hyde's handwritten notes to books in his collection, postcards, photographs, printed ephemera,  newslettters, and newspaper clippings. Most items, like Kaye Hyde's book collection, deal with non-mainstream or alternative religious movements, alternative health and healing, and fraternal societies such as the Freemasons.  The collection consists of five series: Correspondence and Personal Documents, Ephemera, Newsletters, Newspaper Clippings, and Oversize Materials.

Correspondence and Personal Documents includes letters sent to Hyde from correspondents around the world. Most are figures involved in various esoteric organizations; some correspondents are involved with worldwide Muslim and Buddhist organizations.  Copies of Hyde's outgoing letters are also found in this series. Most of these are to authors or editors at various publications, and most deal with issues in alternative religious movements. There is some material here to booksellers and other individuals regarding Hyde's efforts to build his "occult library." Of particular interest in the correspondence is Hyde's opinions on Elijah Poole and the organization called American Muslims. Personal Documents include Hyde's extensive handwritten notes and annotations to books in his collection, family photographs, and postcards. Oversize Materials also includes personal documents of Hyde's early life, including diplomas and certificates.

Ephemera is the largest series, and is comprised of print ephemera found tucked inside Hyde's books. There is not a record, unfortunately, of which book each item was found in, but this can sometimes be somewhat reconstructed by searching the library catalog for similar keywords. This series is filed alphabetically by Producer of the item (whether company, individual, or organization). There is no particular order within each alphabetical folder. The type of ephemera is also noted.

Newsletters includes single issues of newsletters from a variety of organizations. This series is again arranged alphabetically by Producer.

Newspaper Clippings includes subjects that follow the general concentrations found in Hyde's book collection, including Religion, Health, Astrology and the Occult, Economics, Asia, and U. S. Foreign Policy.

Biographical Note

Kaye Hyde was born in Minnesota in 1900. He received a diploma from the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in Adyar, India in 1922, and another from Katherine Tingley’s Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society at San Diego in 1923. Hyde was certified by the American Association of Vocational Counselors in 1927; this was to become his career later in his life.

Hyde began to build his library of alternative religious movements and western esoterica in the 1940s and 1950s. His correspondence shows connections to numerous Buddhist, Muslim, and Zoroastrian organizations worldwide, and he was involved with the Freemasons, the Rosicrucians, and the United Faithists of Kosmon for much of his life.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: Items of ephemera may be added to this collection as they are located in the book collection.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Hugh Hyde

Related Materials: Kaye Hyde's book collection, donated by son Hugh Hyde in 2005. Cataloged as part of the Alternative Religious Movements Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University. For more information please see

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Kaye Hyde Manuscript and Ephemera Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence and Personal],
[Series 2: Ephemera],
[Series 3: Newsletters],
[Series 4: Newspaper Clippings],
[Series 5: Oversize Materials],

Series 3: NewslettersAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 21Add to your cart.
Item 1: Catharyn Elwood's Adventures in NutritionAdd to your cart.

v.2, no. 4

Crusaders for Better Nutrition

Item 2: May 1965 Vital Special Bulletin: The Horrible Story of Lucifer KingAdd to your cart.
Cinema Educational Guild
Item 3: Human Events: Re-evaluate the voice of America!Add to your cart.
Vol. XII No. 38, September 17,1955
Item 4: MetaScience: The science of Di-Electric Bio-Cosmic EnergyAdd to your cart.

Vol. II No. 1, January, 1952

The Biometric Research Foundation

Item 5: LeTourneau College NOWAdd to your cart.
Vol. XVI, No. 11, June 1962
Item 6: LeTourneau College NOWAdd to your cart.
Vol. XX, No. 5, May 1655
Item 7: OomotoAdd to your cart.

Vol. 3, No. 4, Dec., 1958

The Oomoto Headquarters

Item 8: Pre-Dix-It: Hitler Dead!Add to your cart.
Vol. 1, No. 1, April 1945
Item 9: ProPhetic Newsletter: The news in the light of the bibleAdd to your cart.

November 1962

McBirnies's Inc.

Item 10: Radiation Reporter: Official Publication of the radiation research fellowshipAdd to your cart.

Vol. 1, No. 2, September, 1, 1953

Radiation Research Fellowship

Item 11: Right: A monthly newsletter of, by and for the American RightwingAdd to your cart.
No. 16, Jan, 1957
Item 12: The BroomAdd to your cart.
Vol. XXIII, No. 26, May 11, 1953
Item 13: The Commonwealth: Official Journal of the Commonwealth Club of CaliforniaAdd to your cart.

Vol. XI, No. 48, November 30, 1964

Commonwealth of California

Item 14: The VirginianAdd to your cart.

March, 1956

The Virgin League

Item 15: Truth-Forum: Fight Atheism-Socialism-Communism with TruthAdd to your cart.
August, 1961
Item 16: Truth-Forum: Fight Atheism-Socialism-Communism with TruthAdd to your cart.
Item 17: Theosophy in ActionAdd to your cart.
Vol. XX, No. 3, September, 1960
Item 18: Universal Truth: From Soil to SoilAdd to your cart.

September 1950

Universal Truth Foundation

Item 19: World FederationAdd to your cart.
v. 29, no. 12, December 1966
Item 20: The Lighted MirrorAdd to your cart.

v. 1, no. 9

Church of the Truth

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