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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives: Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia

Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) Library

Introductory Information

Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) Library External

Address: 215 67th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Telephone number: 757-457-7141

Contact information: [email protected]

Online catalog External

Access Policies

Hours of service: Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. / Sunday 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Open to the public: Yes

Interlibrary loan: No

Reference policy: Reference requests are accepted by:  telephone, email, in person

Background note:
The Association for Research and Enlightenment was founded by Edgar Cayce in 1931, with the purpose of helping people to transform their lives for the better. The mission of the A.R.E. is to create opportunities for profound personal change in body, mind, and spirit through the wisdom found in the Edgar Cayce material.


Books and monographs
80,000 books from the 19th century to the present. The basic collection covers the Edgar Cayce readings, archaeology, ancient civilizations, Christianity, comparative religion, and mythology, with special emphases including theosophy, anthroposophy, mysticism, miracles, Jesus Christ, the American metaphysical movement, meditation, and prayer.

Periodicals and newspapers
15 titles, 164 volumes published in the 20th century. Highlights of this collection include religion and psychical research, religion and metaphysics, and religion and mysticism.

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Other holdings not listed above

The Andrew Jackson Davis collection highlights this man’s amazing similarities to Edgar Cayce. A 19th century psychic known as the Poughkeepsie seer, Davis wrote 33 different books, which are all included in this collection along with other personal items and correspondence.

The Egerton Sykes collection includes over 6,000 books, magazines, pamphlets, photos, slides, tapes, personal letters, unpublished manuscripts, and newspaper clippings, including volumes in 15 languages on a dazzling variety of subjects—particularly anything having to do with the lost civilization of Atlantis—an ancient civilization covered at length in the Cayce readings.

Subject Headings

Angels; Antiquities; Bible; Buddhism; Cayce, Edgar, 1877-1945; Christian Science; Comparative religion; Death--Religious aspects; Folklore; Hinduism; Indians of North America--Religion; Judaism; Magic; Meditation; Mythology; Prayer; Prophecy; Reincarnation; Spiritual development; Spiritual healing; Spiritualism; Supernatural; Symbolism; Theosophy