A Trip to the Baha’i Archives to Research Dr. Guy

In 2006 we (Handly & Laurence) made a trip to Chicago to research Dr. Walter B. Guy. As Dr. Guy was a Baha’i, we had the inspiration to call and write the archives at the headquarters of the Baha’i Faith in America. This is located in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. It is also the location of the Baha’i Temple, a giant nine-sided structure that sits beside Lake Michigan amongst tree-lined streets and upper middle class neighborhoods. It is impossible to understand how large the Temple is unless you are there.

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Here are a couple of pictures of us outside the Temple, Laurence is in picture #1, and Handly in picture #2. You can click on the pictures to enlarge them. The Temple is open 24 hours a day. We drove by there one night and people–evidently Baha’i pilgrims–were arriving late in the evening to visit this impressive structure. The archives themselves are underneath the Temple.

This trip was enormously productive. We had hoped to find any scrap of material on his life. As it turned out this was a turning point in our research and we found the gold vein.

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