George Ronald, unpublished manuscripts


George Ronald publishers, Oxford, is the most important independent English-language publisher of Bahá’í books and has been operating since 1943. The company receives many manuscripts that contain important historical and other information, but which, for various reasons, are not published. Since the 1990s, the publisher has offered to deposit such manuscripts with the Afnan Library. The following is a small selection of these manuscripts, mainly those with historical and biographical information, that may be of help to researchers. All of these are unedited manuscripts and may contain errors such as those of spelling, grammar and incorrect quotations and references, which would normally have been detected and corrected in the course of publication. There are also places where the information given is the personal view of the writer at the time, is uncorroborated and also possibly inaccurate. It is felt that their historical value as an archive outweighs these defects which should none the less be taken into account if reference is made to these works in future publications.


Gillbanks, Shahla. Footprints in the Sands of Time. An account of the author’s family history in Iran and memoires of her Bahá’í life lived in Iran (1950–1968, 1973-4, 1978-9), the Philippines (1968-1971), New Zealand (1971-1973, 2002–2004), Kenya (1974-1978), the Caribbean (Barbados, St Vincent, St Kitts, Antigua, Dominica, St Lucia, Cayman Islands 1979-1982), United States (California, 1983-1991, 1993-2001, Florida 2005-2018), Czechoslovakia (1992).


Morgan, Adrienne and Dempsey. Servants of the Glory: A Chronicle of Forty Years of Pioneering. Memoirs of a black couple from the United States who lived and spread the Bahá’í Faith in Vietnam (1958-9), Thailand and Cambodia (1959-1967, 1971-5), Chad (1967-71), Madagascar, Zaire (1982-4), and Belize as well as visiting many other countries such as Laos, Indonesia, Uganda, Rwanda, Central African Republic, and Martinique and living in South Carolina in the USA. The text is by Dempsey Morgan, poems by Adrienne Morgan. 69pp. (Index pp. 68-9)


Yazdi, Jamileh. Gertrude Bell and the Babi and Baha’i Faiths – Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) was a British scholar and government official who knew the Middle East well, met `Abdu’l-Bahá and was in contact with Bahá’ís in Iran, Iraq and Palestine (Chapter 10 is missing; Appendix “Ex Oriente Lux” is from The Monthly Review, No. 34, vol. 12, July 1903, pp. 100-115). 128 pp.


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