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Atlantic University Collection

Identifier: Coll. 16

Scope and Contents

Collection includes administrative records, publications, and student materials from the first and second incarnations of Atlantic University: 1928-1930, and 1985-present.


  • 1920 - 2010

Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research use. Administrative records available with permission from Atlantic University.

Biographical / Historical

Atlantic University received its charter on April 29, 1930, with Edgar Cayce’s vision of offering a liberal arts education through a holistic perspective. Morton Blumenthal brought Dr. William Mosley Brown, a professor of psychology at Washington and Lee University, to serve as university president. Blumenthal and Brown had different visions for the university. The Association felt that the University supported its work, while Dr. Brown wanted to develop an independent institution that would serve as the primary source for higher education in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach region.

Two hundred students enrolled for the 1930 fall semester. Two hotels served as dormitories and class was held in other rented buildings in Virginia Beach. By January 1931, the Blumenthal family had ceased monetary support to the University as a result of Depression financial troubles. Dr. Brown cut salaries, sought for community support, and ran a summer school session. However the university closed after the 1932 fall semester.

The charter remained active. Through the 1970s and into the early 1980s, interested persons met to lay the groundwork for the rebirth of the university with a renewed mission, scope, and purpose. James Windsor was appointed university president in 1984. In the fall semester of 1985, Atlantic University reopened as a graduate school with a curriculum that focused on the newly developing field of transpersonal psychology. The first class graduated in 1989.

Today, the university offers six distinct programs: a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology, a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies, a Graduate Certificate in Mindful Leadership, a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Imagery: Regression Hypnosis, a noncredit certificate in Spiritual Guidance Mentor Training, and a program for Lifelong Learners.


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Arranged alphabetically by material type.
Atlantic University Collection
Jessica Newell
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The Edgar Cayce Foundation Repository

215 S. 67th Street
Virginia Beach VA 23451 United States