British Teilhard Association Archive

Scope and Content

Trustee accounts and correspondence; papers relating to various redrafts of its constitution; AGM, council and executive meeting minutes; secretary's papers including membership correspondence; annual lectures and conferences; papers relating tothe Association's connection to the European Teilhard de Chardin Centre, and correspondence and lists of its various publications, both audio and printed.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Teilhard Association was founded in 1965 to promote the study of the works, thought and teaching of the priest-scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. (1881-1955), who believed in a dynamic universe moving towards ultimatecompletion in a cosmic centre of convergence known as the Omega Point. The Association organised conferences and lectures, workshops and seminars; assisted students with bursaries; and published books and casettesby and about Teilhard. Local groups of the Association were established in towns and cities to help its membership obtain a deeper understanding of Teilhard's philosophy but the organisation also had a global outlook, with affiliation to theFondation Teilhard de Chardin in Paris and as a founder member of the European Teilhard de Chardin Centre established in 1989, as well as having close ties with Teilhardians in America, Canada, Australia, India and elsewhere. The Associationdisbanded in December 2017, although it still maintains a web presence.


1. Trustees' Papers

2. Constitution Papers

3. AGM and Council Meeting Papers

4. Executive Meeting Papers

5. Secretary’s Papers

6. Conferences and Lectures

7. European Teilhard de Chardin Centre Papers

8. Publications

Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Donated by Peter Cox, former secretary, 1 April 2019, Acc No Misc.2018/19:100.

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Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Archives and Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library willassist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Appraisal Information

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