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December 9, 2020

Photograph of HP Blavatsky holding a fan, 1887. Harvard Divinty School Library, bMS 516.Our Theosophy collection includes handwritten letters and rare books related to Madame H.P. Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society.

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) was born in Russia and was one of the most influential writers in the occult world. In 1875, along with Henry Olcott and William Quan Judge, she founded the Theosophical Society to promote universal brotherhood, investigate laws of nature and latent human powers, and study comparative religion, philosophy, and science.

Photograph of Madame Blavatsky; May 1887.  BMS 516, Harvard Divinity School Library.