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The Fritz Sage Darrow Papers

Kelvin Smith Library: Special Collections Research Center

(1897 - 1919)

BiographyScope and Content | Boxlist

Quantity: 8.75 linear feet

Restrictions: The Special Collections Research Center is open to any interested researcher upon presentation of a valid CASE ID or other valid official identification card. The Center is open to other researchers by appointment only.

Acquisition: This collection was purchased from the estate of Fritz Sage Darrow in 1930 by the Case Library (a private Cleveland library affiliated with Western Reserve University). The collection was deposited in the Libraries of Western Reserve College and later placed in the Special Collections department of CWRU Libraries.

Biography: Fritz Sage Darrow (1882-1929)

Fritz Sage Darrow was born in Rochester, New York in 1882 to Charles E. and Isabel Sage Darrow. He graduated from Harvard University (A.B., 1903, A.M., 1904, PhD, 1906) and earned many scholastic honors there including Harvard College Scholar (1902), John Harvard Scholar (1903), and Charles Eliot Norton Fellow.  He was a Member of the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece (1903-1904A)

Darrow served as instructor of Classical Archeology in the Harvard Summer School (1906), Adjunct Professor of Greek at Dickenson College (1906-1907) and Professor of Greek at Drury College (1907-1910).   He sought to write the definitive life of Francis Mecurius van Helmont (1614-1698), a 17th century alchemist, cabbalist and physician.

Also a prominent Theosophist, Darrow was the author of many works about that philosophy.  He lived with his wife and children for a time at the International Theosophical Headquarters in Point Loma, California. After divorcing from his wife in 1919, Darrow returned to Rochester where he remarried and became director of the Rochester Business Institute.  He died in 1929.

Scope and Content

The collection is organized into two series:

Series 1: Personal Papers. 1897-1919. This series consists of many of Darrow’s writings on Theosophy including plays and journal articles.  Also found here are newspaper clippings and correspondence regarding Darrow’s dismissal from Drury College and his divorce.

Series 2: Research Material. 1910-1919 and undated.  This series consists of correspondence, notes, bibliographies and transcriptions related to Darrow’s research into the life of Francis Mercurius van Helmont.  Also found here are some family correspondence related to his research, but which also contains personal information.

Early collection descriptions by James Holly Hanford and I.R. Watts are located in Box 12.

Abbreviations used in this list are as follows:

F.S.D. : Professor Fritz Sage Darrow

M.G.D. : May Goodall Darrow

F.M.v.H. : Francis Mercurius van Helmont (son)

J.B.v.H. : Jean Baptiste van Helmont (father)

Boxlist

 

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Folder

 

Series 1: Personal Papers. 1897-1919

Series1: Subseries 1: Articles. 1900-1915

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1

"Plato, The Theosophist”
"Plato's Conception of the Function of True Art"
"The Theosophical Conception of Death"
"The Soul is an Eternal Traveller"
"Theosophy, the Panacea for the world's woe"
"A New Fragment of a Lost Gospel"
"Glossary"
"How I Would Pray"
"Our Belief, as Theosophists"
"The One and the Many"
"Theosophy and the Social Unrest"
"The Golden Chain of Platonic Succession"
"Christianity and the Religion of Jesus"
"Ecclesiasticism and Religion"
"Theosophy"
"The Great Ideas of Religion"
"Has the Study of Greek a Practical as well as a Cultural Value?"
"The Cyclic Law and Progress"
"The Distinction between Theoretical and Temporal Beginning"
"The Prehistoric Aegean Civilization"
"Hymn to Apollo - Found at Delphi"
"States of Consciousness (Instruction No. IV)"
"Instruction No. V of the Eastern School of Theosophy"
The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y. Evans Wents, M.A. Stanford University, California, U.S.A.

1

2

"Life and Teachings of Pythagoras"
"Reincarnation: The Key to the Great Mystery of Life" (For Isis Theater, June 25, 1916) 2 copies(?)
"A Theological Snob"
"A Comet of the Season"
"Madame Blavatsky and Her Slanderers" (From the Theosophist, Vol. 6, no. 1, p. 1.)
"Madame Blavatsky and Her Slanderers" (From the Theosophist, Vol. 6, no. 2, p. 48.)
"Theosophy in Indian Colleges" (From the Theosophist, Vol. 6, no. 5, p. 99)
"Madame Blavatsky and the Students of the Madras Colleges" (Suppl. to the Theosophist, Vol. 6, No. 6, p. 5.)
"The Bombay Theosophical Society to Colonel H.S. Olcott, President -Founder of the Theosophical Society"
     (From the Theosophist, Vol. 6, no. 2, p. 49)
"The Scotch Free Church Mission and the Theosophists" (Extract from the "Madras Mail") (From the Theosophist,
     Vol. 6, no. 1, p. 3)
"A Forged Theosophical Letter" (From the Theosophist, Vol. 6, no. 1, p. 4.)
"A Few Remarks Suggested by the Article "The Collapse of Koot Hoomi"
     (Suppl. to the Theosophist, Vol. 6, no. 11, p. 148)
"Theosophy and Christianity" (Suppl. to the Theosophist, Vol. 6, no. 11 p. 49)
"Missionary "Collapse" (Journal of the T.S. Suppl. to the Theosophist, Vol. 6, no. 11, p. 150.)
"One more Witness" (Suppl. to the Theosophist, Vol. 6, no. 11, p. 151.)
"The Gospel I Find in Theosophy"
"What is Theosophy" Commencement part [autograph manuscript]
"Why I Believe in Preexistence and Rebirth" [autograph manuscript]

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3

"What is Reality or An Extension of the World and the Individual" First Thesis, Phil. 9, Done Dec. 3, 1901.
"The Soul, its nature and destiny," Second Thesis, Phil 9, Feb. 11, 1901, by 1901.
"The One Life, the Grades of Consciousness, and the One Law." Third Thesis Phil 9., May 24th, 1902.

1

4

"Plato's conception of art" by F.S.D., autograph manuscript, 1903

1

5

"The One and the Many" Second Report in Phil. 9. Oct 29th, 1901
"Swedenborg Bifrons : Swedenborg, The New Church Sect and the Theosophical Scociety”
Divine Character Vindicated : A review of some of the principal features of Rev. Edward Beecher's Recent work
     Entitled: "The Conflict of Ages or The Great Debate in the Moral Relations of God and Man"
     By Rev. Moses Ballou. Redfield, 110 & 112 Nassau Street, New York, 1854.
"Three Fundamental Propositions"
"The Influence of Belief in Life"
"Ecclesiasticism and Religion"

Series 1: Subseries 2: Plays. 1911-1915 and undated

1

6

The Birds [typescript]
The Birds of Aristophanes [typescript carbon copy]
The Eleusinian Mysteries: An Easter Masque [typescript carbon copy with manuscript notations]
The Aroma of Athens. Libretto [typescript carbon copy with manuscript notations]
Aroma of Athens. Reviews, program, advertisements, newspaper clippings, prologue
Theosophical Path (vol. 1, no. 4, Oct., 1911) scenes from the Aroma of Athens
Theosophical Path of the International Theosophical Headquarters, Point Loma, CA.:

  • South-West corner of the Greek temple in the Greek Theater Vol. 1, no. 3, Sept., 1911)
  • Frontview of the Temple in the Greek Theater (1911)
  • View of the Pacific taken from within the Greek Theatre (Vol. 8, no. 2, Feb., 1915)
  • Western View of the Greek Theater (Vol. 3, no. 3, Sept., 1912)
  • The Greek Theatre from the Canyon (Vol. 6, no. 5, May, 1914)

Series 1: Subseries 3:Miscellaneous Writings and Notes. 1900-1911 and undated

1

7

Quotations for "New Life" [mimeograph copy]
Letter, unsigned, to Dr. Wood dated Nov. 8, 1911 regarding Emerson quote [typescript carbon copy]
Quotation [typescript carbon copy]
Aeschylus (Life and Extant works) [mimeograph copy]
Duality [autograph manuscript]

Series 1: Subseries 4: Theosophy Articles Written by Fritz Sage Darrow and May Goodall Darrow 1910-1915 and undated

1

8

"What is Theosophy?"
"What is the Real?"
"There are Many Religious Societies..."
"The Perfectability of Man" 2 copies
"The Law of Cause and Effect"
"What is the Bahayavad and why do Theosophists esteem it so highly?"
"Education, True and False"
"Pythagoric Symbols"
"What the Idea of Reincarnation Has Done For Me"
 "Sevenfold Manifestation"
"The Egyptian Nation"
"Evolution According to Theosophy"
"The Cyclic Law"
"What are the Esoteric Teachings in Regard to Prayer and a Personal God?"
Unidentified manuscript notes in an envelope inscribed to Fritz and May
"The Field of Knowledge"
"Fragments" (probably written by M.G.D.)
"The Four Races - Our Ancestors"
"Cause and Effect"
"The Field of Knowledge"
"Why Do We Not Remember Previous Lives"
"The Use of Symbols"
"Evolution and Involution"
"The Astral Light"
"A Warning Addressed to All Esotericists" (Instruction No. I) 
"Karma Laka"
"The Parable of the Sower" (Sunday, April 22, 1900?)
"Compensation"

Series 1: Subseries 5: Personal Papers Correspondence. 1897-1917

1

9

Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society materials 1898-1902

1

10

Proposed wills for F.S.D. and M.G.D. 1906

1

11

Masons and Knights of Pythias. Correspondence 1911

1

12

Correspondence with booksellers and researchers 1917

1

13

Miscellaneous correspondence 1897-1909

1

14

Drury College correspondence 1910

1

15

Drury College correspondence 1910

1

16

Drury College correspondence 1911

1

17

Drury College correspondence 1912-13

Series 1: Subseries 6: Materials Concerning the Divorce of Fritz Sage Darrow and May Goodall Darrow. 1916-1919

1

18

Divorce correspondence, January - June 1916

1

19

Divorce correspondence, July - October 1916

1

20

Divorce correspondence, October - November 1916

1

21

Divorce correspondence, November 1916

1

22

Divorce correspondence, December 1916

2

1

Divorce correspondence, 1917

2

2

Divorce correspondence, 1918

2

3

Divorce correspondence, 1919

2

4

Miscellaneous divorce papers

2

5

Miscellaneous divorce papers

2

6

Divorce correspondence concerning custody

2

7

Divorce papers concerning F.S.D.'s mother's sanity

2

8

Divorce papers concerning custody

2

9

Divorce papers concerning M.G.D.

2

10

Divorce papers concerning M.G.D.

2

11-22

Divorce papers

3

 

Five volumes newspaper clippings: 1) Drury College 2) Drury College 3) Drury College 4) Divorce 5) Divorce

Series 2: Research Material. 1910-1916 and undated

Series 2: Subseries 1 : Libraries Collections.  1911-1916

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1

 A-B

1

2

Bodleian Library I

1

3

Bodleian Library 2

1

4

British Museum

1

5

British Museum. J. H. & E.M. Jeayes

1

6

British Museum. J. H. & E.M. Jeayes

2

1

C-Cam

2

2

Cam-

2

3

D-G

2

4

H

2

5

Harvard I

2

6

Harvard 2

2

7

Harvard 3

2

8

Hav-K

3

1

L-N

3

2

P

3

3

S-Swarthmore

3

4

San Diego

3

5

T-Y

Series 2: Subseries 2:   Notes, Extracts and References circa 1914-1915 and undated

4

1

A-Berl

4

2

Berw-

4

3

C-D

4

4

E-F

4

5

G-

4

6

H-I

5

1

J-L

5

2

M-O

5

3

P-S

5

4

T-W

5

5

Miscellaneous letters, bibliographies, queries.

Series 2 Subseries 3 :  Miscellaneous Letters, Bibliographies, Queries. 1912-1915 and undated

6

1

B-G

6

2

H

6

3

L-Q

6

4

R-V

6

5

Quaker Material I

6

6

Quaker Material 2

Series 2: Subseries 4 : Family Correspondence. 1913-1916 and undated

7

1

Correspondence between Darrow and his father

7

2

Correspondence between Darrow and his mother

7

3

Correspondence between Darrow and his sister

Series 2: Subseries 5 : Extracts and Notes about Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz. no date

7

4

A-D

7

5

E-R

Series 2: Subseries 6 : Transcriptions.  1914-1915 and undated

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1

Material written by van Helmont or at his request. Adumbrato Kabbalae Christianae. 1684

8

2

Material written by van Helmont or at his request. Een Zeer Korte Afbeelding van Het Ware
Natuarlyke Hebreauwse. 1697

8

3

Material written by van Helmont or at his request. Natur Alphabets. 1668

8

4

Material written by van Helmont or at his request. De Revolutione Animarum Humanarum. 1684

8

5

Material written by van Helmont or at his request.Seder Olam or the Order of All the Ages of the
Whole World. 1694

8

6

Material written by van Helmont or at his request. Some Observations of F.M.v.H. (1682)
and letters of Dr. Daniel Foot

8

7

Material written by van Helmont or at his request. The Spirit of Diseases or the Diseases of the Spirit. 1694

8

8

Material written by van Helmont or at his request. Two Hundred Queries Concerning the Doctrine
of the Revolution of Humane Souls. 1684

8

9

Material written by van Helmont or at his request. Medicamenta Secretiora Dni Francisci Mecur Helmontij

9

1

Books and letters of Dr. Henry More and Ann, Lady Conway. Letters of Anne, Lady Conway to
Dr. Henry. 1651-1676, at Christ's College

9

2

Books and letters of Dr. Henry More and Ann, Lady Conway. Letters that passed between
Dr. More and Mr. H.H. 1671-1672, at Cambridge University

9

3

Books and letters of Dr. Henry More and Anne, Lady Conway. Some account of
Dr. More's works by Richard Ward. v.1, at Christ's College

9

4

Books and letters of Dr. Henry More and Anne, Lady Conway. Some account of
Dr. More's works by Richard Ward. v.2, at Christ's College

9

5

Books and letters of Dr. Henry More and Anne, Lady Conway. The Principles of the
Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy by Anne, Lady Conway. 1692., at Harvard University

9

6

Books and letters of Dr. Henry More and Anne, Lady Conway.   Anne,
Viscountess Conway, by Sarah H. Steevens (Friends' Quarterly Examiner). 1874

9

7

Books and letters of Dr. Henry More and Anne, Lady Conway. Articles about Dr. Henry More,
Lady Conway and F.M.v.H. published in Gentleman's Magazine

9

8

Books and letters of Dr. Henry More and Anne, Lady Conway. The Poems of Dr. Henry More
collected and edited by Rev. Alexander B. Grosart. 1876

9

9

Books and letters of Dr. Henry More and Anne, Lady Conway. A Countess of Conway, by Thomas J.
Sawyer, D.D. 1889, Universalist Quarterly

9

10

A Dissertation Concerning the Pre-existency of Souls. 1684

9

11

Various manuscripts in the British Museum

10

1

Thesaurus Novus, by Emanuel Konig. 1704

10

2

Free and Impartial Censure of the Platonick Philosophie. Two letters written by Nath. Bisbie to
Sam Parker with quotations from More and Cudworth

10

2

An Account of the Nature and Extent of the Divine Dominion…by Sam Parker 1667

10

3

A Homage to Menasseh ben Israel, by Rev. Dr. A. Adler. Transactions of the Jewish Historical
Society of England

10

4

Deus Justificatus or Divine Goodness. 1668

10

5

Franciscus Merkurius van Helmont, ein Pantheist, by J.Chr. Adelung. 1787

10

6

Aphorismi Chemici, 1688

10

7

La Lumiere Sortant par soi-mesme des Tenebres, by Marco Antonio Grassellame, pseudon.

10

8

1)Aphorisme Concerning the Doctrine of the Revolution of Humane Souls. 2)Narrow Path of Divine Truth.
Sloane M.S. - British Museum.3) Medicina Experimentalis Helmontiana. 1704

10

9

Lists of authors and books in which reference may have been made to van Helmont

10

10

Notes from the Dictionary of National Biography giving references to van Helmont

10

11

Unidentified Helmontiana

10

12

Desiderata

10

13

Helmontiana inaccesible to Dr. Darrow

10

14

Unlocated Helmontiana

10

15

New Helmontiana (1914-1915)

Series 2: Subseries 7 : Van Helmont and the Deaf and Mute. 1914-1915

11

1

Van Helmont material related to the deaf and mute

Series 2: Subseries 8: Van Helmont and Theories of Reincarnation. 1910-1913

11

2

Van Helmont material related to reincarnation. Extracts, transcriptions and notes. I

11

3

Van Helmont material related to reincarnation. Extracts, transcriptions and notes. II

Series 2: Subseries 9 : Printed Articles. 1911-1916

11

4

The Theosophical Path. v.1-3, 1911-1912. Articles by F.S. Darrow

11

5

The Theosophical Path. v.4-5, 1913-1914. Articles by F.S. Darrow

11

6

The Theosophical Path. v.8, 1915. Articles by F.S. Darrow

11

7

The Theosophical Path. v.10, 1916; El Sendero Teosofico.  v 1-3, 1911-1912;  International 
Theosophical Chronical. V.9 1913; Century Path. Circa 1911. Articles by F.S. Darrow

Series 2: Subseries 10: Bibliography of Francis Mercurius van Helmont drafts.

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Bibliography of Francis Mercurius van Helmont (Earlier Draft) by F. S. Darrow. Typescript with introductory material by James Holly Hanford. ca. 1928. [catalog number *610.81 H482ud pt.1-4]
Bibliography of Francis Mercurius van Helmont (Final Draft) by F. S. Darrow. Heavily annotated typescript draft. n.d. [catalog number *601.81 H482udb parts 1-4]
The Darrow Collection of Helmontia at Western Reserve University.  by James Holly Hanford. Typescript and preservation copy. n.d. [catalog number *610.8 H482vha]
Western Reserve University Library. Baron Francis Mercury van Helmont Material. Arranged and Described by I.R. Watts. typescript finding aid. 1948 

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