In 1934, Mr. Hall founded a non-profit educational corporation, the Philosophical Research Society, in Los Angeles, California, dedicated to the dissemination of useful knowledge in the fields of Philosophy, Comparative Religion, and Psychology.
A year later, construction began on the headquarters, along with a printing press and book bindery. The wisdom research library first opened in 1937, and grew to a collection of over 30,000 rare books and manuscripts.
A 300 seat auditorium was completed in 1959, where he gave lectures almost every Sunday until his death in 1990. The auditorium cornerstone inscription reads: “Dedicated to the Truth Seekers of All Times.”
The headquarters still stand on Los Feliz Blvd., and the Mayan-Revival buildings from architect Robert Stacy-Judd have been preserved as a cultural and historic landmark. The PRS continues to provide regular classes for the community, and offers distance-learning degrees through its University of Philosophical Research (UPR). The realization of an accredited wisdom university was one of Mr. Hall’s life-long goals for the Institution.
AIMS and PURPOSES: (from 1960)
- To discover additional knowledge by intensively investigating the essential teachings of the world’s greatest scientific, spiritual and cultural leaders, and by further clarifying and integrating man’s heritage of wisdom
- To apply this heritage to the present needs of mankind, by means of modern skills and the cooperation of outstanding experts.
- To make available these vital concepts to persons in every walk of life, by lectures, publications, and other media.
- To create an increasing awareness in the public mind of the usefulness of these ideas and ideals in solving the personal and collective problems of modern man.