to ARAS — a world treasure with jewels from every culture since the
beginning of time. ARAS has taken many steps from its tiny beginnings
in Eranos, Switzerland seventy years ago to the world-reach of the
Internet today. Long available to only a few researchers, the wondrous
vision of how the collective unconscious expresses itself in all human
societies is now available to many.
To fathom ARAS's depth and
richness, allow yourself to wander, to linger, and to ponder. Do not be
afraid to get lost, as your meanderings may yield surprising delights of
imagery and meaning.
Joseph L. Henderson, M.D.
Co-author with Dr. Carl Gustav Jung,
et. al. of Man and His Symbols
Consulting Analyst to ARAS
What ARAS Contains
The 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.
from approximately 46,000 catalogue subject cards, help users explore
archetypal themes of interest to them.
The images and commentaries in ARAS have been collected over a 60-year
period (read more about the
history of ARAS).
Who Uses ARAS?
The ARAS archive is designed for and used by a diverse range of people:
- Students and scholars from around the world in the humanities and other related disciplines,
who use the archive as a research tool and educational resource
- Artists and designers, who seek motifs and iconographic forms for paintings, decorations, films, and dramatic productions
- Individuals who trace mythology, dream imagery, and vision in seeking deep common linkages, which transcend nation and ideology
- Analysts and psychotherapists who come from the full range of psychological perspectives and who use the archive to increase their own knowledge of archetypal symbolism.
How Do I Access the Archive?
The easiest way to access the ARAS archive is via
the Internet, as the entire collection of images and commentaries are
available. As a member of ARAS Online, you can visit as often as
you want at any time, from
home, office, or educational institution. When you view the
images, you can enlarge them, making
it easier to see details.
The online commentaries are easy and quick to
search. Each search also provides you with a cultural timeline
depicting how the relevant images in the archive distribute across human cultures and
times. Below is the cultural timeline you'll see for a search on
"Great Mother." Each red mark represents a culture and time from
which the archive has relevant images, in this case going back tens of
thousands of years and spanning virtually the entire globe.
Cultural timeline for Great Mother
and commentaries, and also put images into electronic presentations,
such as PowerPoint, or order slides of the images. Learn more
about joining ARAS Online as an individual
or as a college, school, library, or
Where Can I Visit the Archive?
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.
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel (312) 701-0400
Fax (312) 701-0403
Make appointment first
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