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British Library Question

To: alt.magick
From: (Martin Starr)
Subject: Re: British Library Question
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 1997 18:16:47 -0500

In article <>, (ArgAstr) wrote:

> What is the rather ominous name of the room in the British Library (or
> British Museum?) where they keep all the 'subversive' literature? It is
> recalled that once Crowleys stuff was there at one point, so the question
> gets asked here.
> It is something like the 'Black Archives' or 'Red Room', or something to
> that effect. 

I suppose you are referring to the "Private Case," which was never a room
to itself. The Crowley holdings in the Private Case were limited to his

As a national library and copyright depository, all manner of books ended
up in the British Library including one that were libellous or otherwise
violated the law; the ostensible reason for the Private Case (the books
were not listed in the general catalogue) was to segregate certain
materials from casual browsers. I believe the practice ended several
decades ago.

--Martin Starr

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