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.
We have acquired materials from several hitherto undiscovered cache. This is an acquisition of very rare, most of them one of a kind and the only copies of unpublished technical and historical materials from the dawn of Dianetics & Scientology. The Independent field of Scientology goes back to 1951.
The official publications of the Church of Scientology give very little information about the early 1950’s. The history of Dianetics possibly begins in the 1920s. In April 1950, Hubbard and several others established the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation in Elizabeth, New Jersey to coordinate work related for the forthcoming publication of Dianetics. Hubbard wrote Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health at that time.
The success of selling Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health brought in a flood of money, which Hubbard used to establish Dianetics foundations in six major American cities.
In the early days of Scientology, Hubbard expressed a debt to other thinkers for developing Dianetics. For example, there are a number of references to Freud and Breuer in his 1950 lectures. Hubbard also initially credited U.S. Navy doctor Commander Thompson. The books Science of Survival (1951) and Scientology 8-8008 (1952) both contain acknowledgment lists. However, on 7 February 1965 Hubbard published the Policy Letter “Keeping Scientology Working“, where he said: “Our technology has not been discovered by a group. True, if the group had not supported me in many ways I could not have discovered it either.”
During 1950 demand grew for auditing facilities. Branches of the Foundation were established in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Chicago and Honolulu. The main auditor training centres were in New Jersey and Los Angeles. Graduates of the four week course were certified as professional auditors.
In parallel with this, ‘grass-roots’ groups emerged who began training themselves and co-auditing. Some publicised their activities in the papers, some wrote to booksellers or the Foundation to make contact with others in their area interested in Dianetics. Extensive written communication took place between the groups and with the Foundation. This correspondence discussed case histories, new ideas on therapy and practice, and ideas on development of the movement. Groups started to produce their own newsletters and the Foundation produced its own journal. This included articles by Hubbard and other Foundation staff plus details of courses and books available,
There was no attempt however by the Foundation to control or structure the field groups. Auditors trained by the Foundation were left to apply their new skill how and where they wished. Some joined or led local groups, others set up as solo-practitioners.
By the autumn of 1950, financial problems had developed, and by November 1950, the six Foundations had spent around one million dollars and were more than $200,000 in debt. Disagreements emerged over the direction of the Dianetic Foundation’s work, and relations between the board members became strained, with several leaving, even to support causes critical of Dianetics. One example was Harvey Jackins, founder of Re-evaluation Counselling.
In January 1951, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners instituted proceedings against the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation in Elizabeth for teaching medicine without a licence. The Foundation closed its doors, causing the proceedings to be vacated, but its creditors began to demand settlement of its outstanding debts. Don Purcell, a millionaire Dianeticist from Wichita, Kansas, offered a brief respite from bankruptcy, but the Foundation’s finances failed again in 1952.
Because of a sale of assets resulting from the bankruptcy, Hubbard no longer owned the rights to the name “Dianetics”,but its philosophical framework still provided the seed for Scientology to grow. Scientologists refer to the book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health as “Book One.”
As you all know for many years Pierre Ethier has given free advice, interpretation and references on various standard tech. matters for the personal benefits and advancement of countless Scientologists. On many occasions Pierre had provided free C/Sing and free Programming. Thus donating his time , effort and expertise solely to help others advance.
Pierre has been compiling a Scientology Research library purchasing many rare materials in order to preserve the tech. and to use the materials for research and as a practical reference for standard processing. This project has been heavily sabotaged in the the past, however it came to produce extraordinary good results despite the counter intention and many road blocks. Now the fruits of the hard work have become evident.
Recently we have been approached by benefactors who offered some help for this project. I am happy to see that despite of the many who just want to consume resources without fair exchange, there are some kind people who actually want to contribute and further help for the development of the Scientology Research Library by sending gifts-in-kind donating materials and monetary resources. I am happy to see that true kindness and care for others is still out there.
Thank you for your gifts-in-kind and your contributions.
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