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SCIENTOLOGY – HUBBARD, L. Ron (1911-1986). An archive comprising 53 typed letters signed ("Ron" or "R" or, in one instance, "L. Ron Hubbard") and one autograph letter signed ("Ron") to Mario Feninger, Sussex, England, and Tampa, Florida, 1950s-1980s; together with 13 letters signed in type or with stamp ("Ron"), one printed holiday card from "all the Hubbards and staff at Saint Hill Manor," 7 letters from Mary Sue Hubbard, 23 letters from Diana Hubbard Horwich, 8 vols of Scientology texts including foreign-language translations, and 10 audiotapes. [Also With:] FENIGER, Mario (d. 2016). Autograph musical manuscript, a draft score of “The Prayer of Santa Regina" inscribed (“to L.R.H.”), n.p., 1 September 1979; his outgoing correspondence to Hubbard and autograph notes.

66 pages of Hubbard correspondence, average 175 x 257mm. Manuscript music: 150 pages (approx.) 310 x 215mm to 430 x 280mm (toned toward margins).

An archive including long-spanning correspondence between L. Ron Hubbard and Scientologist Mario Feninger. A concert pianist originally from Egypt, Feninger is credited with bringing Scientology to Paris, where he was living when the letters begin. Hubbard's first letter, dated 12 August 1957, thanks him for translating Scientology texts into French. Over the years the letters document Feninger's journey through Scientology as he progresses with his studies. Hubbard's letters to Feningercover a range of topics including offering congratulations on advancing Scientology levels and completing courses and brief thanks for birthday or holiday wishes, friendship, and support. Hubbard also sends condolences on the loss of his mother and addresses Feninger's concerns regarding stage fright—he replies, "Thank you for letting me know your interest in getting stage fright handled. I did have Sue Anderson do that survey to get some data from our artists in the field" (22 May 1977). His letter of 20 November 1970 sends thanks and encouragement: "Many thanks indeed for your most interesting observations on rock music, drugs, sonic, and exteriorization. I'm glad to add them to our data on the subject. Your book will cause quite a stir in musical circles. It will open a door for many and will I'm sure open many doors to you. All success to you! Love, Ron." On 22 June 1976 he thanks Feninger for a performance: "I'm glad you wrote. It gives me the opportunity to let you know how much the crew enjoyed your concert here – I understand it was simply smashing. I haven't had a chance to listen to the tape yet, but I'm certainly looking forward to it." The archive also includes Feninger's correspondence with Hubbard and his third wife Mary Sue and his daughter Diana, numerous Scientology texts including foreign-language publications of Hubbard’s works: La Dianetique Evolution d’une Science (2 copies), Dianetique’55, Self-Analyse (1974); other Scientology publications include Brainwashing, Robert Miles, Safespace (1972), among other titles; a printed address by LRH (Arcadia Theatre, Wichita, Kansas, 6 February 1952); personal papers from Feninger including handwritten notes on LRH's lectures and drafts of Feninger's own composition La Priere de Santa Regina, written in honor of LRH (and also includes printed parts for each instrument) as well as Elegy dedicated “To Ron and Mary Sue in Memory of Quintin”, Feninger’s business correspondence concerning performances in Europe (c. 1949-1965), a Friends of Ron pen; a level 6 auditor patch, and audiotapes of Feninger's recitals and lectures, including a tribute to LRH.

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