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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 5: Oversize MaterialsAdd to your cart.
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Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Certificate, American Drugless Association, 22 May 1935Add to your cart.
Item 2: Diploma, Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society, 28 Sept 1923Add to your cart.
Item 3: Diploma, The Theosophical Society, 15 Dec 1922Add to your cart.
Item 4: Diploma, Degree of Doctor of Suggestotherapy, National School of Naturopathy, Cedar Rapids, IA, 11 June 1930Add to your cart.
Item 5: License, American Association of Vocational Counselors (with printer's plate), 9 June 1927Add to your cart.
Item 6: Certificate of Graduation, White Institute of Science, 2 June 1931Add to your cart.
Item 7: Teacher's Certificate, White Institute of Sciences, 2 June 1931Add to your cart.
Item 8: Certificate, The Liberal Church, Denver, CO, 7 June 1931Add to your cart.
Item 9: Chart, The Eighty Units of Food ControlAdd to your cart.

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