The mission of OPUS Archives and Research Center is to preserve, develop and extend to the world the archival collections and libraries of eminent scholars in the fields of depth psychology, mythology and the humanities. OPUS is a “living archive” and offers scholarships, research grants, educational programs, community events, and research access to the collections, both physically and digitally.
OPUS is an active site for wonder and participation in the great questions of our time.
In addition to serving as a destination research facility, OPUS sponsors interdisciplinary dialogues, community networks, public forums, and creative conversation among researchers, scholars, students, and faculty from various disciplines on a broad series of topics relevant to the issues of the day and how they are informed by eminent scholars in the fields.
The archives housed at OPUS are repositories for rare and significant collections in the fields of mythology, archetypal psychology and world culture. OPUS extends the availability of these collections to students, scholars and the interested public holding a keen desire to utilize them to conduct contemporary research. OPUS also facilitates research in these fields and fosters the dissemination of scholarly work into the culture-at-large, including social and environmental entrepreneurs who are active in the contemporary issues of society.
Among the exceptional holdings of OPUS Archives and Research Center is Joseph Campbell’s collection including personal artifacts, art, memorabilia and his personal library. OPUS also holds over 15,000 slides utilized by Marija Gimbutas in her lectures and books on Neolithic Civilizations and the Goddess, and extensive texts on the subjects of history, archaeology and the humanities found in her library. James Hillman’s collection includes first draft manuscripts of his books, most notably Re-Visioning Psychology, which earned him a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. Hillman’s prolific career is well documented through correspondence, personal notes and unfinished projects. Christine Downing’s long and fruitful career is impeccably documented by both personal and professional documents, including numerous unpublished and unfinished manuscripts which invite further scholarship.