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Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism

panel2imageThe Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) is a pictorial and written archive of mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human history. The collection probes the universality of archetypal themes and provides a testament to the deep and abiding connections that unite the disparate factions of the human family.

The ARAS archive contains about 17,000 photographic images, each cross-indexed, individually mounted, and accompanied by scholarly commentary.  The commentary includes a description of the image with a cultural history that serves to place it in its unique historical and geographical setting.  Often it also includes an archetypal commentary that brings the image into focus for its modern psychological and symbolic meaning, as well as a bibliography for related reading and a glossary of technical terms.

The ARAS commentaries honor both the universal patterns and specific cultural context associated with each image, something seldom found in other collections.

Keywords, extracted from approximately 46,000 catalogue subject cards, help users explore archetypal themes of interest to them.

While use of the archive over the Internet remains the most convenient, some ARAS locations can be visited during limited hours with some restrictions.

C.G. Jung Center / ARAS

28 East 39th Street

New York, NY 10016

Tel (212) 697-3480

Fax (212) 682-2024

Ami Ronnberg, National ARAS Curator and Managing Editor

C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco / ARAS

2040 Gough Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

Tel (415) 771-8055

Fax (415) 771-8926

Stacy Hassen, Curator

C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles / ARAS

10349 West Pico Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Tel (310) 556-1193

Fax (310) 556-2290

C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago

53 W. Jackson Blvd.

Suite 438

Chicago, IL 60604

Tel (312) 701-0400

Fax (312) 701-0403

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