Collecting, Preserving & Sharing Meher Mount's Treasures
“One thing I want you all to know. You do not realize how very fortunate you are when I embrace you all.”
- Avatar Meher Baba at Meher Mount, 1956
TREASURES FROM MEHER BABA
One of the many wonderful aspects related to the advent of Avatar Meher Baba is the wealth of preserved writings, documents, photographs, films, artifacts, and places related to Him. The places He has touched, His photographs, His words, and the artifacts of His Advent are all opportunities to remember Him and His life.
As one visitor said, “Avatar Meher Baba has provided us with a gateway to our higher self through His Presence. The people and places He has touched can help us feel His Presence and bring us closer to Him.”
Meher Mount is one of those chosen places. It is a gateway that can lead toward the Divine in us all.
EACH CENTER HAS A ROLE IN PRESERVING LINKS TO MEHER BABA
Each Meher Baba center has its own mission in preserving specific archives related to Meher Baba. For Meher Mount, preservation focuses first on the land — this place made sacred by His Presence in 1956.
Meher Mount is also seeking to collect, preserve and share those images, documents, and artifacts associated with His time at Meher Mount and with the history of Meher Mount.
These touchstones provide an ongoing connection to Meher Baba, His life and words. They touch people’s lives. For Meher Mount, they provide an opportunity for visitors — both new and returning — to feel a deeper bond to Him and His Advent.
How You Can Help – Even from Afar
The actual list of items possessed by Meher Mount is short due, in part, to the 1985 New Life Fire. The fire swept Meher Mount burning all the buildings, vehicles, and their contents.
Meher Mount is now searching for additional photos, documents and artifacts to help tell the Meher Baba-Meher Mount story.
Share Your Photos: Please look among your own photos – do you have any of Meher Mount, Agnes Baron, Jean Adriel or others who have visited Meher Mount?
Share Documents: Do you have any collections or papers or know of someone who does that would have correspondence related to Meher Mount, Agnes Baron or Jean Adriel?
Donate an Artifact: Do you have a sadra, pair of sandals or other Meher Baba artifact that you would like to see preserved and shared?
How You Can Help at Meher Mount – Scanning Fiesta!
A team of volunteers is working on a cloud-based storage process to archive Meher Mount’s photos as a historical and current record that can be shared. There is a Scanning Fiesta! on Saturday, September 21, 2019, to work on this project — all are invited to participate.
So far, more than a thousand digital photos have been uploaded to the image-hosting service, SmugMug. There are still 500 photo prints that need to be digitized and added to the photo catalog.
Meher Mount is calling on volunteers to help scan these prints. Participants are asked to bring their own scanners and laptops. If you don’t have a scanner and want to participate, contact Meher Mount to discuss options.
Because wireless connectivity is very limited at Meher Mount, all scanners need to be hardwired to the laptops and be able to scan color prints at 300 dpi minimum. The batches of digital photos will be transferred to flash drives to be uploaded to the photo catalog by the photo archival team.
Please join the team for a day of camaraderie in Meher Baba’s name and in the process learn more, or refresh your memories, of Meher Mount’s history. Click here for more information on the Scanning Fiesta!
COLLECT, PRESERVE AND SHARE
Step 1 – Collect, Scan & Preserve Photographs
Collecting: Meher Mount is seeking photos or digital copies of photos about Meher Mount, Meher Baba’s 1956 visit, and/or any other aspect of Meher Mount, including what it looked like before the 1985 New Life Fire. Click here to contact Meher Mount about sharing these photos.
Scanning: Meher Mount has some photographs from the 1940s that have been tucked away in boxes. A team is now scanning and preserving these and other photos. Click here to see how you can help with the Scanning Fiesta!
Preserving: All historical photos will be preserved in archival housing and copies shared. More contemporaneous photographs are continually uploaded, cataloged and stored in the cloud on SmugMug.
Step 2 – Collect, Scan & Preserve Documents
Collecting: The Meher Mount team has heard stories of other archival materials. If you know of any actual or potential correspondence and documents related to Meher Mount or founders Jean Adriel and Agnes Baron, please share that information. Click here to contact Meher Mount about locating or sharing Meher Mount-related documents.
Scanning: Meher Mount has a few pieces of correspondence between Agnes Baron and Meher Baba’s mandali (close disciples). They, too, will be scanned and preserved.
Preserving: All historical documents will be preserved in archival housing and copies shared.
Step 3 – COLLECT and Preserve Selected Artifacts
Collecting: A few artifacts related to Meher Baba have been donated to Meher Mount. Meher Mount is not building an extensive archive of items from His advent – there are already a number of organizations for which this is their primary mission.
However, since Meher Mount is a Meher Baba place of world-wide pilgrimage, Meher Mount would like to share a few artifacts with the thousands of visitors who come to this special place in honor of Him.
Preserving: All artifacts donated to Meher Mount will be preserved in consultation and based on recommendations with other archival organizations.
Step 4 – Share Photographs, Documents, Films, and Artifacts
Meher Mount is engaged in multi-year projects to preserve and share artifacts, photographs, documents and films related to Meher Baba and Meher Mount. They include:
Baba’s Fireplace & Darshan Courtyard: The fireplace that was part of the ‘Babahouse’ where Meher Baba gave darshan (His blessing) on August 2, 1956, is still standing. There is a plan underway to create a welcoming courtyard around Baba’s Fireplace that evokes the room and place where He met with His followers.
Baba’s Walkway: The remaining stones of a sandstone walkway used by Meher Baba are being preserved for use and display as a remembrance and a touchstone of His visit.
Visitor Center Display: First-time visitors to Meher Mount often ask “Who is Meher Baba?” and “What is this place?” Returning visitors often want to know about His time at Meher Mount and its history.
The long-term Master Plan dream has been to have an area in the Visitor Center that answers these questions in words and images.
As part of the recovery and renewal from the December 2017 Thomas Fire, Meher Mount did some minor remodeling of the Visitor Center to create a better space in which to display, inform and share photographs, documents, films and artifacts related to Meher Baba and Meher Mount.