OPUS Archives and Research Center is an active site for wonder and participation in the great questions of our time. Located on the campuses of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California, OPUS is a dynamic center for the advancement of the fields of depth psychology, mythology and the humanities.
In addition to serving as a destination research facility, OPUS sponsors interdisciplinary dialogues, community networks, internet 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.
Thus, OPUS Archives and Research Center forms a nucleus for the exploration of psyche and myth in the world. It is a center that, in Joseph Campbell’s words, provides a “secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation.”
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 complete collection including personal artifacts, art, memorabilia and over 10,000 images from his work, including the comprehensive five-volume Atlas of World Mythology. OPUS also holds over 15,000 slides utilized by Marija Gimbutas in her lectures and books on Neolithic Civilizations and the Goddess, thousands of research catalog cards in numerous languages handwritten by Gimbutas, and extensive texts on the subjects of history, archaeology and the humanities. James Hillman’s collection includes first draft manuscripts of his books, including 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 that are available for pursuit by scholars of the next generation. 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.
Interview with OPUS Curator Safron Rossi, PhD
Listen to Safron Rossi, PhD, Curator of Collections in The Living Archives: Stories from OPUS Archives and Research Center, as she describes the brilliant scholars whose archives we care for, and the treasures and unexpected finds that await the researcher. Interview by Bonnie Bright, Founder of Depth Insights.