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The Immanuel Velikovsky Archive website

The Immanuel Velikovsky Archive is a Web site describing itself as ""An archive of Immanuel Velikovsky's unpublished writings"[1]

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Maintainers

The site's introduction notes:

"This archive is being maintained by a team of historians to ensure the integrity and preservation of Immanuel Velikovsky’s unpublished writings; it is strictly non-profit and its sole purpose is the advancement of education and scholarship."

Jan Sammer

One-time Velikovsky assistant, Jan Sammer, presented a paper at at a Conference held at the University of Bergamo, Italy, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision, in October 2001, entitled "The Velikovsky Archive" in which he discusses Velikovsky's archive, and the online archive. He recalls:

"In the three years I spent in Princeton working on the archive following Velikovsky's passing, two other titles were seen through to publication post-humously: Mankind in Amnesia (1982) and Stargazers and Gravediggers (1983). [..]"
"In the online archive, under Collected Essays, I include several essays not specifically written for this volume [Sinai and Olympus], but conforming to its overall theme"[2]

Archive editor

The Archive Editor claims:

"Dr. [Lynn] Rose speculates about the identity of the individual(s) who have created the Velikovsky Archive web site and their purpose. [..] The decision to compile an online archive was prompted by the dismay of a number of individuals at the fact that two decades after Dr. Velikovsky's death and contrary to his expressed wishes, many of the writings that he had been preparing for the press remained unpublished. By all indications no effort was being made to bring any of the unpublished manuscripts into print since Mrs. Velikovsky's death in 1983. [..]
"We have presented Velikovsky's unpublished works as we have received them from various sources, without modification. Authenticity has been our principal concern."[3]

Contents

  • Days and Years, an autobiography giving an account of Velikovsky’s life from the earliest years until 1958.
  • Before the Day Breaks, the story of Velikovsky’s discussions with Einstein on the role of electromagnetism in the universe.
  • In the Beginning, the story of the catastrophes that preceded those described in Worlds in Collision.
  • The Dark Age of Greece, a critical examination of the mysterious gap of close to five centuries thought to follow the Mycenaean civilization.
  • The Assyrian Conquest, a volume in the Ages in Chaos series, covering the period from the end of the Amarna Period to the time of Ramses II.
  • Collected Essays, comprising articles and fragmentary manuscripts such as Shamir, The Secret of Baalbek, Sinai and Olympus, Test of Time, The Orbit and the 'Observer' editorials.
  • The Psychoanalytic Papers from the years between the two world wars when Velikovsky was a practicing psychoanalyst.
  • Correspondence selections from Velikovsky’s scholarly correspondence spanning more than fifty years.

References

  1. The Immanuel Velikovsky Archive
  2. Jan Sammer, "The Velikovsky Archive", Aeon VI:6 (Dec 2001)
  3. "The Velikovsky Archive Editor replies: 29 Sept. 1999", SIS Internet Digest 1999:2 (Oct 1999)
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