FAQ: About the Joseph Campbell Foundation
We love to see the many ways that Joseph Campbell’s work continues to influence both creative works of fiction and scholarly non-fiction. However, as a very small organization, we simply do not have the bandwidth to provide the service of reviewing books or other creative works. In short:
- Please do not send us a review copy of your book.
- We do not read, review, endorse, or comment upon works not published by JCF.
- Soon, we will be accepting public submissions to our Mythological Resources Database – a great place to share your work with other like-minded folks.
We do not. JCF is a small organization – despite its renown namesake and global footprint. It is a “working foundation,” meaning we earn our keep and neither solicit nor offer grants of any kind. JCF is, in fact, a virtual organization without any offices. We are kept operative mainly through the good efforts of a cadre of engaged volunteers scattered over several continents.
No – JCF publishes only works written by Joseph Campbell.
We’re working on releasing the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series in eBook format over the next few years.
The Mythos DVD series contains all of the footage in Transformations plus 2+ hours of never-before-released lectures, and presents them as Campbell intended:
- Mythos I: The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition (DVD)
an exploration of the psychology, history and biology of myth, and an introduction to the Western mythos.
- Mythos II: The Shaping of the Eastern Tradition (DVD)
an introduction to the great mythic traditions of South and East Asia.
- Mythos III: The Shaping of the Western Tradition (DVD)
an exploration of the great philosophy, art and literature that have shaped the modern West.
For more information, see The Long, Strange, Night-sea Journey from Transformations to Mythos
Funny you should ask about Wings of Art…
We’re working on completing riverrun, a re-edited series based on Campbell’s Joyce lectures. Keep watching jcf.org for news!
The Jospeh Campbell Foundation was founded in 1990 by Jean Erdman, Joseph Campbell’s wife and literary executor, for the sole purpose of ensuring that Joseph Campbell’s work was available in perpetuity.
Over the last thirty years, JCF associates have spent thousands of hours digitizing lectures, building and moderating online community, and editing new book editions (including translations) for readers the world over. When you make a donation on our website – that’s right, your purchases are tax-exempt! – to gain access to a lecture, an ebook, or some other piece of Campbell’s work, you’re funding the mission of JCF: To keep Campbell’s work accessible for generations to come. We thank you for your continued support.
Because the works you shared are under copyright (some video assets are under copyright co-owned by JCF and other parties). If we don’t assert that copyright, we may open ourselves to lawsuits from other parties. We certainly appreciate your enthusiasm, but please respect our legal right to secure protection for JCF’s intellectual property.
JCF does not offer transcripts of any of Joseph Campbell’s videos or of any of his Collected Lectures.
That said, we are aware that at the conclusion of some of the earliest lectures that were released there is a statement that suggests otherwise.
In an effort to reorganize and redistribute Campbell’s published materials to make it easier to listen, we removed the previously published audio from digital streaming platforms.
All lectures are available in The Collected Lectures for direct download. To learn more about why we charge for access to these lectures, please look at our response to “Why do I have to pay for Campbell’s lectures?”
If you’re looking for a free way to listen to full Campbell lectures and commentary, check out:
When you donate to download a lecture from JCF, you’re facilitating the work we do at the Foundation to keep these audio lectures available – and for Foundation associates to digitize more. Any purchase from the site is a tax deductible contribution to the Foundation whose mission is to preserve, protect, and perpetuate the work of Joseph Campbell.
We first started offering digital downloads in the early 2000s, when CD format was still the dominant medium. JCF responded to the tech requirements of the day and released each lecture split up into shorter “tracks” to reflect the standard album format. The .zip file is the best way to transfer and download a package of audio files over the internet.
We recognize that the current user experience of downloading .zip files is not ideal. We are currently working to stay up to date with standard practices and technology, exploring new formats that makes the user experience as easy as possible. We appreciate your patience in allowing us to adapt to your needs.
FAQ: Rights & Permissions
Questions about licensing the copyright and trademark protected works of Joseph Campbell and Joseph Campbell Foundation.
Send an email query to our Rights and Permissions Manager (or use the form below). Please include:
- The quote(s) you wish to use.
- The source publication of each quote (Not Internet sources such as BrainyQuote, Goodreads, etc.)
- A brief description of the work and context within which the quote(s) will appear.
- Release date
- Initial print run
- Expected retail price
Please note: JCF does not control the rights to The Power of Myth. Permissions must be acquired from Doubleday (text) or IPF Media (video).
Send an email query to our Rights and Permissions Manager (or use the form below).
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FAQ: Technical Support
Actually, the eBooks we create are readable on just about every piece of mobile hardware made since the turn of the millennium — however we can’t test on every configuration, since they’re not all available to us.
If you are still having a hard time listening to your audio file, let us know where you downloaded it, what make and model computer/device you’re trying to listen to it on, and what audio software you’re using (including OS version and software version).
If you are still having a hard time reading your ebook, let us know where you downloaded it, what make and model computer/device you’re trying to read it on, and what ebook reader software you’re using (including OS version and software version).
For us to help you, we need you to give us enough data with which to work.
There are many devices and many ways to unzip files. We encourage you to explore the various options open to you and let us know if you absolutely cannot access the zipped files.
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