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Letters from the Guardian (mostly unpublished)

  1. Shoghi Effendi and Lady Sarah Louisa Blomfield. Account of the Passing of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, An (1973). On the last days of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, his funeral, and tributes on his behalf.
  2. Shoghi Effendi. Afire with the Vision: Messages from Shoghi Effendi to Latin America (2018). Last of the continental collections from Shoghi Effendi's ministry (1921–1957).
  3. John Paul Vader. August Forel Defends the Persecuted Persian Bahá'ís: 1925-1927 (1986). History of Forel's involvement with the Faith. Includes correspondence from Shoghi Effendi.
  4. Shoghi Effendi, comp. Bahá'í Faith, The: 1844-1950: Information Statistical and Comparative (1950).
  5. Shoghi Effendi, comp. Bahá'í Faith, The: 1844-1952: Information Statistical and Comparative (1953).
  6. Shoghi Effendi and National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States. Bahá'í Procedure (1937). Instructions from Shoghi Effendi and procedures and rulings adopted by the National Spiritual Assembly, compiled from the Guardian's letters, Bahá'í News, and minutes and records of the National Spiritual Assembly, for the information of American Bahá'ís.
  7. Shoghi Effendi. Bahai Movement, The: A paper read by Shoghi Effendi at Oxford (1923). Text of an address given to the Oxford University Asiatic Society, February 1921, before the passing of 'Abdu'l-Bahá and before Shoghi Effendi was appointed the "Guardian."
  8. Shoghi Effendi. Bahiyyih Khanum: Eulogy for the Greatest Holy Leaf, in the Guardian's handwriting (1932). A hand-written tribute to Bahiyyih Khanum, a daughter of Bahá'u'lláh.
  9. Laura Clifford Barney and Shoghi Effendi. Thomas Linard, ed. Biography of Hippolyte Dreyfus-Barney (1928). A biography of the first French Bahá'í, followed by telegrams and letters from Shoghi Effendi to Laura Dreyfus-Barney and Hippolyte's sister Mrs. Yvonne Meyer-May.
  10. Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum and Ann Boylan et al. "Easy Familiarity," Explanations of (1912). Statements on displays of affection (hugging and kissing) between members of the opposite sex. Also questions on assembly infallibility, and whether one with a minority opinion should vote against his conscience.
  11. Shoghi Effendi. Extract of a Letter to Leroy Ioas on the Duration of the Bahá'í Dispensation (1935). One-paragraph extract of letter from the Guardian to Ioas through H. Rabbini, dated November 14 1935, on the confusion of the terms "cycle" and "dispensation."
  12. Shoghi Effendi. Extracts from the Guardian's Letter of December 19 1923 Addressed to the Baha'is of the East (1923). Words of consolation and uplift to the Bahá'í community two years after the passing of Abdu'l-Bahá, on being not disturbed by the authorities of earthly affairs. Various English translations from a letter originally in Persian.
  13. Shoghi Effendi. Faith of Bahá'u'lláh, The: A World Religion (1947). A summary of the origin, teachings and institutions of the Bahá'í Faith, prepared in 1947 for the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine by Shoghi Effendi in his capacity as Head of the Bahá'í Faith.
  14. Shoghi Effendi. Function of Sports in Life, The (1914). Published under the name "Shawki Rabbani," for his school journal, when he was 17 or 18 years old.
  15. Shoghi Effendi. Genealogy of Bab, The (1932). Genealogy of the family of the Bab and the family of Bahá'u'lláh in relation to the Bab.
  16. Shoghi Effendi. Guardian's Seven Year Plan for the American Bahá'ís: 1946-1953 (1946). Teaching goals, institutional objectives, financial statistics, and other information from the Guardian pertaining to the American community.
  17. Shoghi Effendi. Hasan Elías, trans. La función de los deportes en la vida (1915). Publicado con el nombre de "Shawki Rabbani" por la gaceta de su universidad. Shoghi Effendi tendría 17 ó 18 años en ese momento.
  18. Shoghi Effendi. Letter from the Guardian to John B. Cornell, 1946 (1946). Letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, noting how many letters he now had to deal with, encouraging Bahá'í youth to play a greater role in the activities of the Faith, and that questions about secondary administrative matters should be put to the NSA.
  19. Shoghi Effendi. Letter from the Guardian to John B. Cornell, 1955 (1955). A letter stating Bahá'ís should seek guidance with local Bahá'í leadership in matters of divorce.
  20. Shoghi Effendi. Juan Cole, trans. Letter to Jináb-i-Áqá Mírzá Bádí'u'lláh Khán of Abadih (1997). Answers four questions: (1) re "Crimson Scroll"; (2) re the "Sacred Night"; (3) re the "Tablet of the Bell"; and (4) using the Kitab-i-Aqdas for bibliomancy.
  21. Shoghi Effendi. Letter to Marzieh Gail (1942). Letter on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, stating that not being reappointed to Bahá'í committees gives people more opportunity to engage in the teaching work, and expressing pleasure at the Bahá'ís' lack of prejudice towards minority group members.
  22. Shoghi Effendi and Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum. Letter to the Bahá'ís of Macy Nebraska (1947). One-paragraph letter of greeting from the Guardian, with a short intro from Ruhiyyih Khanum, stating that the original population of the United States has a "great future" and will find "great blessings" in accepting Bahá'u'lláh.
  23. Shoghi Effendi and Horace Holley. Letter to the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (1947). Shoghi Effendi's summary of the relationship of the Bahá'í Faith to Palestine, written as an introduction to the pamphlet "The Faith of Bahá'u'lláh: A World Religion." Includes Holley's letter to the UN the next year on Bahá'í shrines in Palestine.
  24. Shoghi Effendi. Don Calkins, comp. Letters of Shoghi Effendi, Arranged Chronologically (2020). Compilation of all the Guardian's messages, arranged in chronological order as individual "rich text" files. This arrangement allows us to see the flow of guidance from Shoghi Effendi over time, and perhaps identify patterns.
  25. Shoghi Effendi and Ruhi Afnan et al. Christopher Buck, comp. Letters to Alain Locke (2010). Collection of letters between Shoghi Effendi, his secretary, and Alain Locke, and related historical material on Locke.
  26. Shoghi Effendi and John E. Esslemont. Larry Gates, comp. Letters to Grace Holley and Visalia LSA (1925). Small collection of correspondence between Shoghi Effendi and the LSA of Visalia, California.
  27. Shoghi Effendi Universal House of Justice, comp. Lifeblood of the Cause (1970). Selections from the writings of the Guardian on the proper appreciation of the importance and meaning of contributing to Bahá'í Funds.
  28. Shoghi Effendi. Prayers of Shoghi Effendi (1994). Why the Guardian's prayers are not translated into English.
  29. Shoghi Effendi. Rules of Parliamentary Discipline (1915). Published under the name "Shawki Rabbani" for his school journal. Shoghi Effendi would have been around age 16 at the time.
  30. Shoghi Effendi. Station and Titles of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, The (1973). Two excerpts from Shoghi Effendi's writings, one from "The Dispensation of Bahá'u'lláh" and the other from God Passes By.
  31. Shoghi Effendi. Khazeh Fananapazir, trans. Tablet of the Centennial (1998). Partial translation of an epistle to the Persian-speaking Bahá'ís, written shortly after "God Passes By" in 1944. Includes English translation of Muhammad Varqa's "Le Style persan du Gardien."
  32. Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá Shoghi Effendi, comp. Tablets Revealed in Honor of the Greatest Holy Leaf (1933). Short collection of passages compiled by Shoghi Effendi for sharing with the United States and Canada, introduced with a cover letter by him.
  33. Timeline of major letters of the Guardian (n.d.). Date, location published, summary, and memorable quotations of some significant letters of Shoghi Effendi.
  34. Shoghi Effendi. Don Calkins, comp. Uncompiled Letters (2016). 1,500 messages by or on behalf of the Guardian not found in the various national collections such as Baha’i Administration, Messages to the Antipodes, Compilation of Compilations, or Lights of Guidance.
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