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Personal letters
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Some letters of historical interest can be found in Histories and Pilgrims Notes.
  1. Ahmad Sohrab and the New History Society, by Paul E. Haney and Horace Holley (1958). Overview of the defection of Ahmad Sohrab and the formation of the "New History Society" and the "Caravan of East and West." [about]
  2. Baron Rosen's Archive Collection of Bábí and Bahá'í Materials, by Youli A. Ioannesyan, in Lights of Irfan, Volume 8 (2007). Baron V. R. Rosen's unpublished materials relating to Bábí and Bahá'í studies, including his correspondence with A. G. Tumanski and E. G. Browne, and official reports of Russian diplomats. [about]
  3. Before Abraham Was, I am, by Thornton Chase (1902). Open letter to a new Bahá'í summarizing the Bahá'í revelation through a Christian perspective. [about]
  4. Biographical letter from a Hindu villager, by Daya Ram Malviya (1974). A glimpse into the life of an Indian convert to the Faith. [about]
  5. George and Phoebe Apperson Hearst papers, 1849-1926, by George Hearst and Phoebe Hearst (1849). 448 pages of documents, provided by archive.org. Includes only passing mentions of the Bahá'í Faith. [about]
  6. "I Never Understood Any of This from 'Abbás Effendi": Muhammad 'Abduh's Knowledge of the Bahá'í Teachings and His Friendship with 'Abdu'l-Bahá, by William F. McCants, in Studies in Modern Religions, Religious Movements and the Bābī-Bahā'ī Faiths, ed. Moshe Sharon (2004). Muhammad Abduh (1849–1905) was a journalist, revolutionary, professor, and later Grand Mufti of Egypt, who befriended and corresponded with the Master; the role of Muhammad Rashíd Ridá; Abdu’l-Bahá's 1885 letter to Abduh. [about]
  7. Letter from Haifa in the Time of Mourning, 1922: from Emogene Hoagg to Nelly French, by Emogene Hoagg, in World Order, 6:2 (1971). The commemoration of 'Abdu'l-Baha's passing and the first pubic reading of his Will, including the appontment of Shoghi Effendi. [about]
  8. Letter to Grace Holley, by Abdu'l-Bahá (1919). Short message of greeting and praise. [about]
  9. Letter to John B. Cornell, by Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum (1943). Short personal letter relating answers from Shoghi Effendi to various questions of Cornell, on voting age, the election of the House, the "Source of all knowledge," etc. [about]
  10. Letter to the Ecole des Jeunes May Bolles Maxwell Conference, by Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum (1997). [about]
  11. Letter to the Geyserville (California) Bahá'í Summer School, by Shidan Fat'he-Aazam (1953). Short letter from a famous travel-teacher (and later member of the NSA of South and West Africa, and Counsellor for Africa). [about]
  12. Letter to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States, 1998, by Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum (1998). [about]
  13. Letter to the United States and Canada on racism, 1961, by Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum (1961). [about]
  14. Letters from Lynch to Laura Dreyfus-Barney: Materials for the Geneva Bahá'í Bureau's History, by Anne Lynch (2002). Four letters from the Laura Dreyfus-Barney Collection at the French Baha’i National Archives (Paris), from 1946 and 1962, capturing a small slice of contemporary European history. [about]
  15. Letters to Grace Holley and Visalia LSA, by Shoghi Effendi and John Esslemont (1925). Small collection of correspondence between Shoghi Effendi and the LSA of Visalia, California. [about]
  16. Letters to Various Individuals, by Abu'l-Qasim Faizi, in Conqueror of Hearts (1965). [about]
  17. My Memories of Hand of the Cause of God, A. Q. Faizí, by Shirley Macias, in Conqueror of Hearts (2002). Personal letters from Faizi to Macias, and her recollections of him. [about]
  18. Open Letter to the National Spiritual Assembly re Gays in the Baha'i Faith, by Daniel Orey, et al. (1993). [about]
  19. Raising Children of Light: editorial, by Bahá'í International Community, in Jerusalem Post (2008). In seeking to end the world's suffering, we need to acknowledge that we are all one human race in an increasingly interconnected world, educate children and mothers, and end the oppression of girls and women. [about]
  20. Reincarnation, The Return, and the "Cycle of Life" Chart, by Edward C. Getsinger (1916). The concepts Reincarnation and Return in the context of pilgrims' recollections of the words of 'Abdul-Baha, with tablets translated by Ali Kuli Khan, and on Lua Getsinger's "Spiritual Evolution" chart. [about]
  21. Report from the 1995 National Convention, by David Langness (1995). A short series of daily reports from the U.S. National Bahá'í Convention, from a personal perspective. [about]
  22. Sacred Pilgrimage: Visits with The Guardian, by Bill Washington, in Herald of the South (1957). Letter to the Australian newsletter, summarizing of nine days in the Holy Land and talks with Shoghi Effendi. [about]
  23. Select Clevenger Archives, 1926-1936 (2021). Personal letters to Ella Robarts, the National Spiritual Assembly, Horace Holley, and others; article "The Riddle of the Slain Co-ed" from Insider Detective. [about]
  24. Spiritualization of the Bahá'í Community: A Plan for Teaching, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Ireland and Adib Taherzadeh (1982). A three-part collection consisting of a letter from the NSA of Ireland, a letter from Taherzadeh to the Bahá'ís of Ireland regarding the spiritualization of the Bahá'í community, and the preamble for a plan of action for teaching. [about]
  25. Statement on Mason Remey from the Western Hands of the Faith, by Corinne True and Hermann Grossmann (1960). Background information on the claims of Remey, compiled by the Hands of the Cause of God in the Western hemisphere. [about]
  26. Teaching Problems / Success in Teaching, by Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum, in Bahá'í News (1949). Three versions of an article: first published as "Teaching Problems" in March 1949, then as "Success in Teaching" in June 1949, and a Persian translation. [about]
  27. What it is to be a Bahá'í?: A letter to the Bahá'í youth from Ruhiyyih Khanum, by Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum (1948). The object of life to a Bahá'í is to promote the oneness of mankind. [about]
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