Vol 20, Issue 5

What's in Your Archive?

The front cover of the bookThoughts for Inner Peace" was my first English prayer book! It may sound odd, but it was not even a book! One with a lovely colorful, golden, thick, elegant cover! It was just a tiny, five-page printed paper version of a prayer book sent from my brother in an envelope and meant a lot to me! I used to read the prayers every day, imagining myself at the Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, where my fellow brothers and sisters were free to read prayers in public! These days, though, I am so grateful for having access to plenty of beautiful prayer books; my simple hand-made prayer book is still like a gem to me and brings back the sweet memories of hope and beautiful dreams of freedom of thoughts!

Why did this item go into your archive?

I have kept this precious little book for my next generation to remind them about their ancestors and how a hand-made book has brought hope to their lives! 

Why is it important to have an archive for the Bahá'í Community?

It is a source of bounty and an essential responsibility for all of us to cherish the precious items inherited from the Central Figures and Believes of the Faith and save them in the best possible ways for the next generations!


To submit a story or item from your archive, i.e. photograph, material, item, etc, write to bahaitreasurersoffice(at)usbnc.org with a photo and answers to the question: Why did this item go in your archive? Why is it important to have an archive for the Bahá’í Community?

To learn more about the National Archive Campaign: Preserving our Spiritual Heritageread the Bahá’í Fund Bulletin and The American Bahá’í magazine. Keep an eye out for videos, kids’ content, and more! 

To contribute to the project, select "US Bahá’í National Archives Renovation Fund" in the Online Contribution System.