RAMS Digital Library
17th January, 2006 http://www.ramsdigital.com
website sucessfully evolved from http://go.to/ramsdigital webpage.
The initial project was created as a pilot on 05 May, 2005 to design
and construct an online presence for the Restorers of Alchemical
Manuscripts Society (R.A.M.S.). RAMSdigital is slowly establishing
itself as the online doorway to the R.A.M.S. material with an RSS
feed for news, quarterly
newsletter and development projects.
2004, Philip Wheeler uncovered an early archive of R.A.M.S. library
in his basement. Philip was associated with Hans Nintzel in the
early to mid-1980's, and collected everything offered at that time.
The Glauber Index was the most notable of his contributions to the
Knowing that Hans had passed away in 2000, Philip decided to make
digital copies of his library available for a limited time on Ebay.
Following the advice that he gave to Hans nearly two decades earlier
he started digitizing the collection. Hans had argued that it wasn't
economically feasible to do this in mid-80's, and he was probably
right. Presently with the use of a multi-sheet-feeder scanner real
progress has be made. Nevertheless, it took many months.
digital format, one may easily search for keywords and phrases --
difficult with the printed versions. In addition, the original high-resolution
scans are included, page-by-page, in optimized JPEG format. This
allows the serious student or researcher to compare the original
materials with the OCR text version. While OCR software is good,
it is not perfect, and spot corrections almost certainly did not
mitigate all errors; with the original scans, readers are able to
compare these as needed. Some of the documents are text-only where
original scans were not available. These titles which were a part
of the R.A.M.S. material, are included in the Collection in an effort
to present as complete a set of R.A.M.S. material as possible.
In October, 2012 the complete collection of the Original RAMS library was digitalized! The complete collection contained over 290+ texts and comprises over 10,000 pages.
In September, 2013 the library collection distribution format changed to 4 gig USB from DVD-rom.
The Original R.A.M.S.
R.A.M.S., the Restoration of Alchemical Manuscripts Society, was
based in Richardson Texas, U.S.A. R.A.M.S. was loosely knit group
composed of private citizens around the world, directed by Hans
The goal of the society was to seek out and obtain copies of very
limited editions of ancient Alchemical manuscripts, tracts, printed
works and other such materials and literature. From these, certain
items are selected for ‘restoration’ . This consisted
in translating, indexing and re-typing the material to render it
readable, therefore useable. The reading Is made more enjoyable
by the use of charts, symbols, dictionaries, diagrams, insertion
of printed illustrations and other annotations to abed additional
light on the text.
R. A. M. S. was a non-profit organization with members from all
walks of life. There was no ‘organization’ per se, just
individuals desirous of performing a labor of love. It was their
hope that these efforts will perhaps result in renewed interest
in the science of Alchemy or even contribute to new discoveries
or fields of experimentation. While this material is for all on
the path of Alchemy, it is particularly for the sincere practicing
The transcription of this material was as verbatim as human skills
permited. The only exceptions was to make the matter more readable,
or understandable, with some ‘modernization’. This is
done ONLY where it is judged that no ambiguity will arise from a
slight departure from the original and there is no danger of deleting
key words or phrases where a possible use of Gematria, Temura, Notariqon
or other form of written code exists. Thus, misspelled or grammatically
Incorrect material is to be found as well as archaic or strange
words. This is in an effort to maintain the original text as far
as possible. The completed material is then reproduced, sometimes
bound, and offered to interested parties. The costs for these copies
are used to defray reproduction costs and to obtain additional material
The work of R.A.M. S. included such material as “Last Will
and Testament” of Basil Valentine, Important selections from
the invaluable Bacstrom Manuscripts such as “Golden
Chain of Homer”. “Lamspring’
a Process for the Lapis Sophorum”, “The
Chemist’s Key”. “The Mineral Gluten of Nitre
and Sulfur”, “Coelum Philosophorum”
is highly appropriate to acknowledge the many people who had either
materially or philosophically contributed to the effort. This might
well be the first Indication that such a group even exists! For
their labors and contributions, grateful thanks are given. Let their
unselfish efforts inspire others to light the fires of Alchemy.
While the list is long, it Includes:
Carr P. ColIins Jnr. [Distinguished Professor of Management Sciences,
author of 'Royal Ancestors of Magna Charta Baron' (1959), One hall
at SMU's Dedman School of Law is named after him]?, Rick Stern,
Arpad Joo [(born 1948 in Budapest, Hungary) a Hungarian conductor],
D. & J. Nintzel, N. Ogle, G. Price, Francis Isreal
Regardie, William (Bill). van Doren,
K. von Koenigseck and especially David Ham.
a not-for-profit organisation, money raised will be donated to:
Royalty payments are given annually to:
- The Hans Nintzel Estate..
RAMS Digital Library aims to:
- maintain availabilitiy of the literature of the Restoration of Alchemical
Manuscripts Society. Established in 1976.