UCSB acquired the Anthony U. Leitner Collection from his estate in the summer of 1997. In the donation were books, tapes,
ephemera, and manuscripts, including flyers, publicity announcements, conference handouts, newsletters, and legal documents
relating to Tibetan Buddhism and other spiritual movements in North America. These materials form an extensive record of when
ceremonies, transmissions of doctrine, lectures, and workshops were held, and by whom. Some Tibetan Buddhist materials were
intended only for people who had received proper preparation from a qualified lama.
Anthony U. Leitner, known as 'Tony' to his friends, was born in 1934 in New York. He was admitted to the University of Chicago
at the age of 15 and went to law school in New York City after graduation. He settled in Los Angeles and was a lawyer and
real estate developer. After some involvement in politics, he became interested in spiritual growth through the Human Potential
movement and various progressive psychological and spiritual teachers influenced by Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
ca. 71 linear feet
(159 boxes, 4 map-size folders, 39 audiocassettes, 96 videotapes).
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
Majority of collection is stored off-site; advance notice required for retrieval.