FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI 233
1 - Miss Gronquist
June 1, 1970
THE FOUNDING CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
No investigation pertinent to your inquiry has been conducted by the FBI
concerning the captioned organization.
There is enclosed a memorandum dated March 14, 1968, at Norfolk, Virginia,
as well as copies of two news clippings concerning the Founding Church of
L. Ron Hubbard was the founder and president of the Hubbard Dianetic
Research Foundation, Inc., which was incorporated in New Jersey during
April, 1950. An article in the December 5, 1951, issue of Look magazine
entitled "Dianetics - Science or Hoax?" stated that L. Ron Hubbard was an
obscure writer of pseudo-scientific pulp fiction prior to the publishing
of his book "Dianetics."
During March, 1951, the Board of Medical Examiners, State of New Jersey,
had a case against the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation scheduled for
trial on the grounds that the organization was conducting a school and
teaching a branch of medicine and surgery without a license.
During 1952, Hubbard formed the Hubbard Association of Scientologists, an
Arizona corporation, and reverted dianetics back to its original name,
"scientology." Thereafter, offices were opened in New Jersey; London,
England; and Australia.
Original and 1 - IRS
Request received - 5/22/70
This document contains neither recommendations nor conclusions of the FBI.
It is the property of the FBI, and is loaned to your agency; it and its
contents are not to be distributed outside your agency. This reply is
result of check of FBI investigative files. To check arrest records,
request must be submitted to FBI Identification Division. Fingerprints are
necessary for positive check..