The Gerald Heard Papers 1935-1971 (Collection 1054), initiated upon the approval of Gerald Heard, and donated in 1978 by Gerald Heard's personal secretary Jay Michael Barrie, are housed in the UCLA Library Department of Special Collections at the Young Research Library at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The Gerald Heard Papers consist of literary manuscripts, correspondence, lecture notes, tape and disc recordings, photographs and slides, ephemera, books by and about him, and related materials. This is the most extensive archival repository of Heardian materials. For information concerning research of The Gerald Heard Papers, visit the website of the UCLA Library Department of Special Collections at UCLA.
A detailed Finding Aid, indexing the contents of The Gerald Heard Papers, is available at the Online Archive of California.
In addition, correspondence from Gerald Heard to Sidney Cohen, Aldous Huxley, and Bernadine Fritz are held in the UCLA Library Department of Special Collections at the Young Research Library at UCLA:
The Modern Archives Centre at King's College Library, Cambridge holds a quantity of letters by Gerald Heard to G. Lowes Dickinson, E.M. Forster, Raisley Moorsom, G.W.H. Rylands, W.J.H. Sprott, and Elizabeth Trevelyan.
Dartington Hall Trust, in Devon, England, houses correspondence from 1923 to 1937 between Gerald Heard and Dartington’s Leonard Elmhirst, Dorothy Elmhirst, and William Curry, as well as Margaret Isherwood and William Sheldon.
Correspondence between Gerald Heard and Dorothy Elmhirst is also held at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University Library, as follows: Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst Papers from Dartington Hall.
The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin contains correspondence between Gerald Heard and ten individuals, including Christopher Morley, Lady Ottoline Morrell, Nancy Wilson Ross, Lady Sandwich, and C.P. Snow, as well as reviews of two of Gerald Heard's books and a typescript copy of The Five Ages of Man.
The Lilly Library at Indiana University at Bloomington houses correspondence between Gerald Heard and Lewis Browne, J. Francis McComas, Upton Sinclair, and W.A.P. White (a.k.a. Anthony Boucher). Their link is as follows: The Lilly Library, Indiana University
The University of Kentucky's Special Collections and Archives Service Center houses correspondence between Gerald Heard and Frontier Nursing Service founder Mary Breckinridge. From The University of Kentucky Libraries, select Kentuckiana Digital Library, then select Archival Finding Aids Collection. Search for Frontier Nursing Service Collection, then select "standard view" and scroll down to the Mary Breckinridge link.
The Special Collections Department at the University of Oregon houses The James C. Ingebretsen Papers, which include miscellaneous writings and correspondence by Gerald Heard, The William C. Mullendore Papers, which includes correspondence with Gerald Heard, as well as 62 reel-to-reel tapes and 17 audio-cassette tapes by Gerald Heard.
The Holt-Atherton Special Collections Department at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California holds a copy of one letter in The Brubeck Collection from Dave Brubeck to Gerald Heard from 1968.
In addition, holdings exist of Gerald Heard correspondence, papers, and scripts at the following U.K. sites:
- The BBC Written Archives Centre at Caversham Park, Reading (correspondence from 1932 to 1962, memos, and radio scripts from the 1930s)
- The University of Bristol (correspondence with N. L. Bright, 1945)
- The British Library in London (correspondence with Lytton Strachey, James Strachey, and Charlotte Shaw)
- Lambeth Palace Library in London (correspondence with Rev. H. R. L. Sheppard, 1935 to 1937)
- The University of Liverpool Library (correspondence with Olaf Stapledon, 1936)
- London University (correspondence with Herbert Dingle, 1937 & 1959)
- Oxford University's Bodleian Library (correspondence with Frank Hardie, 1932)
- The University of Reading Library (correspondence from 1929 to 1935)
- John Rylands University Library at Manchester (correspondence with Samuel Alexander, 1929)
- South Place Ethical Society in London (letters, scripts)
- Trinity College Library at Dublin (correspondence with Thomas MacGreevy, 1921 to 1925)
Finally, The National Archives maintains an excellent collection of records held at various (mostly) U.K. sites. Search under Gerald Heard.
Heard Family Coat of
"Toujours Fidèle" (Always Loyal)
"History is comprehensible only as the story of growing consciousness... civilization is self-consciousness."
The Ascent of Humanity, 1929