As if we havenít been gifted enough over the years at the Jung Society with all the stirring speakers and programs offered, we have yet another gift to enjoy for a long time to come. Our own Atlanta Jung Society Library has finally found a permanent home.
Our new location will make available for us the vast collection of Jungian and related books that were gifted to us by a man who was himself deeply immersed in Jungian thought and imagination. The late Ron Havern of New York City made available his private collection of 1800 or so books ranging from the usual suspects like James Hillman, Marie von Franz, Ann Ulanov, most of the speakers we have had here in Atlanta, plus the complete collected works of Jung, to areas such as history, poetry, mythology, analytical psychology, philosophy, religion, spirituality, anthropology, alchemy . . . You get the picture. It is an awesome thing to browse this collection and get a sense of our benefactorís intellectual and emotional journey. And itís ours to cherish and feast on for years to come.
Ron Havern was a man himself on a Jungian adventure. As a professor at Mercy College and New York University, he offered courses in Psychology of Religion, Psychology of Meditation and Worship, Sexuality in World Religions, and Church History. He worked with suicidal patients at New York Psychiatric Institute, and he himself engaged in a Jungian analysis for many years. He was interested in connections between Heidegger and Jung, in improvisation and the body. When he died in the spring of 1995 at the age of 43, his personal library was so complete, so fine, his good friends, Dr. Claude Barbre and wife Jill, gathered up, packed and looked for an appropriate home for Ronís books. Ann Ulanov and Genevieve Geer were instrumental in getting them, in late 1995, to The Atlanta Jung Society, who received this lifelong effort with open arms.
Books can be checked out by current members for one month, with the understanding they will be returned on time. The books have been conveniently classified by our own Elizabeth Whipple in categories based on the systems used by the libraries of the Jung Institute in Zurich, New York and San Francisco. There will be a notebook with instructions on how to check out books when you arrive.†
Seeing how we hang around the table offering Jungian books for sale at our monthly meetings, it is apparent books are the source of our nurturance between meetings. The Jung Society Library will be our grazing ground for nurture and imagination for years to come. Be sure to take advantage of this wondrous gift.
To take advantage of this benefit, become a member today!