Addington Archives & Research Center

Celebrating Our Past Preserving Our History Understanding Our Present Illuminating Our Future

Archives Purpose

The purpose of the Addington INTA Archives is to identify, collect, organize, describe, preserve, and provide access to the historical and ongoing records of the activities of national and international INTA and the New Thought movement. Its overall mission is to provide the message of the New Thought movement to humanity. As an administrative unit within the organizational structure of the INTA, the Archives is responsible for maintaining the records that document the legal, fiscal, administrative, and historical activities of the INTA.

Archives Stewardship Society

Your help is desired. We ask our members and friends to assist us in fulfilling one of INTA's vital services to the world of New Thought. In addition to the $100,000 endowment established by the Addingtons' Abundant Living Foundation and the money received from our stewards, we now have a reserve of $675,411. The purpose of the reserve, as it builds to $10,000,000.00 is to produce interest income for the daily operation of the Archives and assure its growth.  The Archives chair can also be separately endowed and established in the name of the donor. The archives fund needs to reach sufficient size to support a full-time Director of Archives and the continuing work of archiving incoming material.

Membership in the Archive Stewardship Society – in one or two ways:

  1. For $11.00 or more each month or $125.00 for a year, you become a member of the Archives Stewardship Society.  Upon receipt of the annual gift of $125.00 or a year of monthly donations, your name will be placed on the Archives Stewardship Society Roll. Or,
  2. Life Membership on the Archives Stewardship Society is available for a gift of $1,000.00 which can be paid over a period of one year.  Life Members of the Society will be honored by an individual bronze plaque in the Archives Building upon completion of the gift.  All gifts are tax deductible.
The Sasselein Peace Chapel

The Archives building also contains the beautiful Sasselein Peace Chapel, which seats 30 people. It is a special place of inspiration with its 5x7 ft. specially commissioned stained glass window, entitled "Transcendence." A prayer service is held in the Chapel on each Monday.  Each individual and group member of INTA, Archive Stewardship Society member, and INTA Prayer Partner throughout the world is included in the prayer time. All of those who have preceded us in the dissemination of New Thought are honored through prayer. Each world leader and each member of the family of humanity is included in prayers for peace, protection, illumination and well-being.

Archives History

In the 1950s, New Thought minister Raymond Charles Barker joined with scholar Charles S. Braden, author of Spirits in Rebellion, the standard history of the New Thought movement, to implement a project that would result in the collecting and storing of archival materials dealing with New Thought. In the following decades, this collection was housed at the Bridwell Library of Southern Methodist University and at the Unity Library of Unity School of Christianity. After the completion of the archives building adjoining INTA headquarters, the collection was moved there in 1990. For half a century, INTA members have dedicated themselves to collecting the material that documents the New Thought movement, and materials are added daily.

The Future

With continuing support in the form of donated collections, the archives will provide a place for all New Thought materials to be preserved permanently and made available for study and research.  If you know of material that should be housed in the archives, please contact the INTA headquarters.

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To help sustain the Archives, a nominal fee will be charged for Archive research services.