Treasures of the Archives

Ivan Lee Box Art and the Macklin Bible

A beautiful Macklin Bible of 1800 is on display at Unity Archives, where it is permanently housed. Only 150 of the six-volume sets were printed, making it among the rarest objects in the archives’ collection.

The illustrated folio Bible is named after its publisher, Thomas Macklin, a famous 18th-century print seller and picture dealer who produced the project to highlight the “glory of the English school of painting and engraving.” He created a new typeface and new kind of paper for the oversized Bible. Inside each volume are full-page paintings and designs by some of the foremost artists of that era as well as copperplate engravings.

Heart of Unity: Myrtle Fillmore

Myrtle Fillmore

Often referred to as “the heart” of Unity, cofounder Myrtle Fillmore was known for her thoughtful, joy-filled letters to people throughout the world who requested prayer.

She and Charles Fillmore met in 1876 and married in 1881. It was her personal healing experience with prayer that led to the creation of the Silent Unity prayer ministry. The couple founded the international Unity movement in 1889 in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Society of Silent Help, now Silent Unity®, the following year.

The Winged Globe’s Variations in Print

The renowned “winged globe” emblem first appeared in print in June 1891, on the cover of the debut issue of Unity magazine (now Unity Magazine®). Since then, the symbol has gone through more than 100 different designs.

Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore chose the “winged globe” as a symbol for Unity because of the important message it conveyed. But what did the emblem mean? Unity magazine answered that question in its November 1891 issue.

Unity Inn in the 1920s, Unity Dietary Guidelines, and Unity Inn Cookbook, 1923

Early on Charles Fillmore did not understand the importance of diet in his life. However, as he prayed for guidance on the matter he was shown that the food that entered the human body passes through a refining process he called “regeneration.” This was a prerequisite for the building of the human body into a new, spiritual Christ body. He determined that vibrations quickened the cellular structure of the subconscious mind in specific nerve centers and that the food consumption directly impacted regeneration. He concluded that conscious growth in spiritual life must overcome carnal appetite through careful discrimination in food selection and preparation.

“Dedication and Covenant”—Founding Document of Unity Personal Commitment

On December 7, 1892, Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore expressed into written words their personal commitment to the Spirit of Truth and through it, to the Society of Silent Unity. Up until that time, the Fillmores had been organizing a prayer group known as Silent Unity®. They also operated Unity Book Company, which distributed the metaphysical publications, Modern Thought and Unity magazines. The document was less about promotion of their ministry, and more about the sincere expression of their desire to discern insights from the Conscious Mind of Christ Jesus. Charles Fillmore recalled the document almost in passing in a June 1911 Unity article (vol. 34, No. 6).