The Theosophical Quarterly (periodical)

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The Theosophical Quarterly was the journal of the Theosophical Society in America (later renamed Theosophical Society) headed by Ernest Temple Hargrove. The editor was Clement Acton Griscom, Jr. It was published in New York from 1903 to 1938. Each year, beginning in 1929, the July issue reported about the annual convention of the organization. This is the mission of the journal, printed in each issue:

The THEOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY is the official organ of the original Theosophical Society founded in New York by H. P Blavatsky, W. Q. Judge and others, in 1875.
We have no connection whatsoever with any other organization calling itself Theosophical, headed by Mrs. Besant or others, nor with similar bodies, the purposes and methods of which are wholly foreign to our own.

Contributors to the periodical often signed their articles with initials or pseudonyms, or remained anonymous. Among the most frequent contributors were Charles Johnston, Henry Bedinger Mitchell, Archibald Keightley, Clement Acton Griscom, Jr., Katharine Hillard, John Scofield, Spencer Montague, John Charlton, John Blake, Jr., and Julia Chickering.

Availability online

Index to the periodical

The Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals[2] provides an index to most of this periodical online, listing article titles and authors in chronological sequence, with a search feature. The index is not quite complete.

A Cumulative Index to Theosophical Quarterly for Volume I - XXXV (July 1903 - October 1938) is available in print, and now online.[1] In a posting on Theos-talk, Jake Benson provided this additional information:

The index was anonymously compiled and published in 1966 by the late Joseph Politella, Professor of Religion at Kent State University. He in turn drew upon earlier unpublished attempts to create an authors index by the late John Kirkpatrick, a professor of Music for many years at Cornell and Yale. A copy of this unpublished index are among the Kirkpatrick papers at the Gilmore Music Library at Yale. [That link is broken.] Kirkpatrick in turn utilized an unpublished index compiled anonymously by several TS members.[2]

Jake Benson posted the index at Scribd,com.


  1. Anonymous. The Theosophical quarterly cumulative index to volume I - volume XXXV, July, 1903 - October, 1938. Kent, Ohio: Quarterly Book Dept., 1966.
  2. Jake Benson, [1], accessed April 27, 2012.