Savitri Devi Archive
THE SAVITRI DEVI ARCHIVE is a repository for writings and documents related to the philosopher and religious thinker Savitri Devi, born Maximine Portaz (1905-1982). The Archive will eventually make all of Savitri Devi’s writings available. In addition, the Archive contains information and documents on Savitri Devi’s life, as well as works of secondary and collateral literature that illuminate her life and work.
Savitri Devi’s works are very rare. Most of her books were printed in tiny editions and are long out of print. Many are not in the collections of even the largest research libraries. Most of her essays appeared in small circulation Indian and “right wing” periodicals that are unavailable in even the largest research libraries.
Savitri Devi is a controversial figure. Many of her living friends, as well as heirs of deceased friends, have given information and documents to the Archive only on the condition that their privacy be maintained. We will preserve the anonymity of those sources who request it. All documents that appear here do so with the permission of the relevant parties.
First hand recollections of Savitri Devi, as well as private documents such as letters and photographs, are also increasingly rare, since most of Savitri’s close friends are now dead and the rest are getting on in years. Only a few years ago, when Savitri’s long-time friend Muriel Gantry died, her executor destroyed decades of correspondence between her and Savitri because she found Savitri’s ideas “objectionable.”
The Savitri Devi Archive hopes to prevent such irresponsible destruction in the future if only by declaring publicly its mission to collect and preserve documents and information related to Savitri Devi. …[P]lease bear in mind that the purpose of this archive is research, not propaganda.