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Collection Summary

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. The Yoga Center, 1974-1992

II. Related Organizations and Events, 1975-1987

III. Subject Files, 1977-1982

Austin History Center

The Yoga Center Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Yoga Center, The
Title: The Yoga Center Records
Dates: 1974-1992
Abstract: The collection consists of board meeting minutes, membership records, marketing materials, and other administrative records that document the activities of The Yoga Center located in Austin, Texas from 1974 through 1992.
Accession number: AR.1993.036
Quantity: 1.6 linear feet (4 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks, Outer Vault
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Yoga Center was a nonprofit organization established in 1974 to further the practice and understanding of yoga and meditation. The Center was affiliated with The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy and offered classes, lectures and workshops to promote "health enhancement, well being and spiritual growth." The Yoga Center was originally incorporated as The Yoga Society of Austin. The Wholistic Development Center was incorporated in 1979 and took over the Society's operations. In 1981 the name was changed to the Yoga Center of Austin because they were being confused with other holistic organizations in town. In 1985 there was a decision to reorganize and incorporate under the name The Yoga Center. From 1976 until 1992 the Center was located at 1710 Houston Street, Austin, Texas

In July of 1992 The Yoga Center Board of Directors sent a letter to all members announcing that as of August 15, 1992 The Yoga Center was closing and the building was being taken over by someone else. At the same time it was announced that the Yoga Center would be relocating to an as yet to be determine address under the name The Austin Yoga Center.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials maintained by Dorothy Blodgett, one of the earliest members, teacher and board member of The Yoga Center. The majority of the collection consists of materials relating to the business and teaching activities of The Yoga Center dating from 1974-1992. Also included is a small amount of material that pertains to other organizations, classes and workshops similar in nature to The Yoga Center that Blodgett was interested in, or involved with, during the same time period.

Included in The Yoga Center series are administrative materials (1979-1991) such as Board minutes, correspondence, by-laws and legal information, financial documents, membership lists, rental forms and teacher training and meeting notes. Of note in these records is the discussion among the Board and legal counsel about how to resolve issues with the IRS regarding the tax-exempt status of the Center. The distributed information (1974-1992) includes mailings, flyers, and correspondence used to announce and promote the class schedules, special workshops and visiting lecturers, Yoga Center business and to solicit membership. Also included are newspaper clippings and event notices (1979-1986) and speaker biographical information (1980-1986).

The Related Organizations and Events series (1975-1987) includes information about the Mind Science Fair at the University Christian Church organized by Blodgett in 1975 in an effort to introduce students to the various group in the University community who are pursuing a study of higher consciousness. Also included in this series are materials related to the University of Texas Mind-Consciousness series and flyers and newsletters promoting personal development and higher consciousness events and organizations.

The Subject Files series (1977-1982) consists of magazine and newspaper articles about a variety of "new age" topics such as holistic health, clairvoyance, and spiritual psychology.

Additional materials were added by past board members in 2014 and integrated into the collection. Color photographs, slides, and negatives document a Himalayan Institute retreat and the Himalayan Institute International Congress from around the early 1990s. Notes and slides for a presentation on The Yoga Center were also included, and additional materials relating to administrative matters, speakers, and events.

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Arrangement

Arranged into 3 series:
I. The Yoga Center
II. Related Organizations and Events
III. Subject Files

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Arya, Usharbudh.
Blodgett, Dorothy.
Rama, Swami, 1925-1996.
Subjects (Organizations)
University Christian Church. (Austin, Tex.).
The Yoga Center.
Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy.
Subjects
Yoga--Texas--Austin.
Nonprofit organizations--Texas--Austin.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Religious life and customs.
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Document Types
Administrative records.
Agendas.
Biography files.
Black-and-white photographs.
Bylaws.
Clippings.
Color negatives.
Color photographs.
Color slides.
Contact sheets.
Correspondence.
Files by subject.
Instructional materials.
Legal documents.
Membership lists.
Minutes.

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Related Material

AR.W.002 Dorothy and Terrell Blodgett Papers

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by a Yoga Center Board member in 1993. Additional materials were donated in 2014 by past board members.

Preferred Citation

The Yoga Center Records (AR.1993.036). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1984/147

Donation Date: 1993

Donor #: DO/2014/046

Donation Date: 2014

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults, 2010. Finding aid updated and encoded by Kelly Hanus, 2018.

Original order and folder headings preserved when available.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

I. The Yoga Center, 1974-1992

Box Folder
1 1 Board agendas, 1990
2-4 Board minutes, 1979-1991
5 Correspondence, 1981-1990
6-9 Distributed information, 1974-1992
10 Financial information, 1989-1990
Box Folder
2 1 History, bylaws, and mission statement, 1975-1990
Himalayan Institute, 1977-1990
Box Folder
2 2 Distributed materials, 1977-1990
3 Himalayan Institute International Congress photographs (contact sheets), circa 1990
4 Photographs of Himalayan Institute retreat, circa 1990s
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Neg. Drawer Color slides of Himalayan Institute, circa 1990s
Box Folder
2 5 Legal status and tax information, 1975-1986
6 Members, 1981-1989, undated
7 Newspaper event notices and articles, 1979-1986
Box Folder
3 1 Promotional material, 1979-1988
2 Rental forms, 1980-1981
Slide Show Presentation, 1977, undated
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Neg. Drawer Color slides, undated
Box Folder
3 3 Notes, 1977
Speakers 1974-1987, undated
Box Folder
3 4 Assorted biographies, 1980-1986, undated
5-6 Dr. Arya visit and speaking schedule, 1982, 1986
7 Swami Ajaya, 1974-1988
8 Swami Rama, 1975, undated
9 Swami Rama photographs, circa 1990
10 Swami Shantananda, 1987
11 Teacher meetings, 1985-1990
12 Teacher training & lesson plans, 1986-1990
13 Various administrative forms and notes, undated

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II. Related Organizations and Events, 1975-1987

Box Folder
3 14 Festival of Self-Purification, 1987
15 Mind Science Fair publicity, 1975
Box Folder
4 1 Related organizations, 1979-1987
2 University of Texas Mind-Consciousness series, 1975

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III. Subject Files, 1977-1982

Box Folder
4 3 Chants, undated
4 Cleansing, undated
5 Holistic health, 1978-1982
6 Meditation music on cassettes (6 tapes),
7 Psychology, 1977-1978
8 Sanjeevani Hospital, 1989
9 Various readings, 1977-1978
10 Vegetarianism, undated

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