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Operation Bootstrap name is inspired on a US government project to boost the economy of Puerto Rico. Project Bootstrap was run under the sponsorship of the Hubbard Dianetic Foundation in Wichita in 1953.

Operation Bootstrap was the project run by Art Coulter who had published Analytical Procedure in 1953. Our research library  have acquired a booklet which is crucial to gather full understanding of the technology processing differences and disagreements between L. Ron Hubbard (LRH) and the 1953 Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation (HDRF).

Our library have acquired tapes named operation bootstrap and all have Arthur Coulter as speaker. They are 15 minutes long (but in actual fact last as much as 30 minutes) and  all range from January 1953 to June 1953

In 1953 LRH lost control of the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation ( HDRF). He was voted out because of his overspending and technology processing disagreements.

One of the first thing LRH did , after taking over the foundation , was to destroy all materials that were not attributed to him, like those tapes by other people. There are HDRF Bulletins that are exceedingly rare (published in the same format as Dianetic Auditor Bulletins) but all copies attached to the Wichita Dianetic Center were destroyed. Only the few that made it into individual hands survived.

The HDRF used to lend tapes. They had 15 copies of the Project Bootstrap lectures and 5 of most non LRH others. They were not offered for sale. Only LRH tapes were offered for sale. It was strictly forbidden to copy or transcribe tapes on loan. We have already verified with the ART COULTER estate, and it therefore appear Art Coulter original tapes in our library done under the Hubbard Dianetic Foundation (1953) are probably the ONLY surviving original anywhere. Coulter opened his own Center in 1954, but prior in 1952-1953 all materials he did was published and kept by the Wichita Dianetic Foundation. The same applies to the tapes by Gordon Beckstead.

Project Bootstrap was the first of the Synergetics Projects. In 1956 they had Project Nucleus and our library was lucky enough to get the full set (in bulletins rather than tapes). What is interesting about Synegergetics is that it is not so directed  to Mental/ spiritual therapy like auditing but more a philosophy having to do with pan-determinism and learning to do what is most optimum for self but for others as well. In later year Synergetics got involved in war prevention strategy and more recently (Their Magazine, first published in 1954, was still being published 10 years ago).

Our library holds a number of Art Colter’s works all the way to 1970…We have obtained  the original “HDA Newsletter” which was published bi-monthly from June 1951 until January 1952: total of 16 issues. Issues 11-16 are standard digest size like Ability or Certainty Magazines. Prior Issues were mimeographed and stapled on standard size paper. The Church of Scientology renewed the Copyright on it in 1980. The original is very much yellowed from aging. We were able to clean them up and bind them professionally to be preserved in the physical library.

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