The Archives are our most unique and varied holding, ranging from rare and annotated books to manuscripts, portraits, audio recordings and curios. Notable items include documents signed by Swedenborg; volumes of Swedenborg annotated or inscribed by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Flaxman, and T E Lawrence; a portrait of Swedenborg by Philip James de Loutherbourg; a miniature wax bust by Flaxman; and the manuscript of D T Suzuki’s translation of Swedenborg’s Heaven and Hell. The Archives contain a wealth of manuscript material charting the history of the Swedenborg Society, and of 'Swedenborgian' culture in general.
There are also many manuscript translations (much of which is still unpublished) and transcriptions of Swedenborg’s works, perhaps the most important of which is a codex transcribed at the behest of Augustus Nordensköld, an early follower of Swedenborg, containing copies of works by Swedenborg for which the original manuscripts are now lost; the Nordenskjöld copies have therefore formed the basis of all subsequent editions. The Archives also contain correspondence by prominent figures in the Swedenborg Society’s history, perhaps most notably Dr J J G Wilkinson, over a thousand of whose letters are in our possession (including to such luminaries as R W Emerson, D G Rosetti and John Ruskin). The Archives are housed in the Society’s strong room and are only viewable under supervision.