Finding aid created by: MFA
Date: Nov 1968
|19 Nov 2009||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|25 Jun 2021||additions processed, finding aid updated (RMH)|
Overview of the Collection
|Title:||Jess Stearn Papers|
|Quantity:||15 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Typescript drafts, galley proofs, and research related to Edgar Cayce, the occult, parapsychology, and psychical research|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Jess Stearn (1914-2002) was an American journalist and author known for his writings on the occult.
After attending Syracuse University, Stearn worked for the New York Daily News as a reporter for seventeen years and then as an associate editor at Newsweek magazine. During his time as a reporter, he became interested in Edgar Cayce, an uneducated clairvoyant who could diagnose physical ailments, prescribe cures, and discuss a subject's past and future lives. Stearn published two biographies of Cayce, Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet and A Prophet in his Own Country: The Story of the Young Edgar Cayce. Through his interest in Cayce, Stearn went on to publish more than thirty other books on occult subjects such as reincarnation and psychic phenomena and informative subjects such as homosexuality and drugs. Some notable publications are The Search for the Girl with the Blue Eyes (1968), The Search for a Soul: Taylor Caldwell's Psychic Lives (1973), The Door to the Future (1963), Yoga, Youth and Reincarnation (1965), The Seekers (1972), Adventures into the Psychic (1969), The Miracle Workers: America's Psychic Consultants (1972), and The Sixth Man (1962).
The Jess Stearn Papers consist of biographical material, books, correspondence, and financial material.
Biographical material consists of a one-page article announcing Stearn's new column.
The bulk of this collection relates to Stearn's Books. The books for which the collection contains a significant amount of material are Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet and The Search for the Girl with the Blue Eyes. There are multiple drafts and a substantial amount of research for each book. Also included in this series are reviews of his books.
Correspondence consist of communications with Stearn's literary agencies, individuals, and fan mail Stearn received. Prominent individuals are Marcia Moore Acker, Hugh Lynn Cayce, and Gladys Davis Turner. Moore was an American writer, astrologer, and yoga teacher who was brought to the nation's attention through Stearn's book Yoga, Youth and Reincarnation. Hugh Lynn Cayce is the son of Edgar Cayce. Turner was Edgar Cayce's secretary and took notes on Cayce's psychic readings of various individuals.
Financial material contains the cost of the publicity tour of The Door to the Future in 1963, real estate tax for 1965, receipt for the Thunderbird motor Lodge in Virginia Beach, VA 1966, and a New York Telephone statement of calls and telegrams for May 1968.
Books, correspondece, and writings are arranged alphabetically by title or name. Financial material is arranged chronologically.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Ken and Joanne MacIver material relating to Mr Stearn's novel "The Search for the Girl with the Blue Eyes" may only be used with the written permission of Kenneth MacIver. Any such written permission documents will be retained by SCRC.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this cataloging.
Two books -- The Reporter and The Miracle Workers: America's Psychic Consultants -- have been separated from the collection and transferred to Rare Books for cataloging. Please refer to the Classic Catalog to locate these items.
For more Edgar Cayce material, see the Juliet Brooke Ballard Papers. The Long John Nebel Papers includes an interview with Cayce from 1968 and two interviews with Jess Stearn (his name is spelled "Stern" in the Nebel listing), 1966 and 1968.
Caldwell, Taylor, 1900-1985.
Cayce, Edgar, 1877-1945.
Cayce, Hugh Lynn.
Moore, Marcia, 1928-1979?
Reilly, Harold J., 1894 or 1895-1987.
Turner, Gladys Davis, 1905-1986.
Association for Research and Enlightenment.
Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc.
Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Illustrations (layout features)
Manuscripts for publication.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Jess Stearn Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Jess Stearn, 1968-1973.
|Box 1||Article 1965|
|Adventures into the Psychic|
|Box 1||Draft 1969 (8 folders)|
|The Door to the Future|
|Oversize 3||Book reviews 1962-1964|
|Dr. Thompson's New Way for You to Cure Your Aching Back|
|Box 1||Draft 1973 (5 folders)|
|Box 2||Foundry proof 1973|
|Box 2||Final galley 1973|
|Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet|
|Box 2||Book reviews 1966-1967|
|Oversize 3||Book reviews 1966-1967|
|Box 2||Draft A, incomplete 1966 (7 folders)|
|Box 3||Draft B 1966 (7 folders)|
|Box 3||Final galley 1966|
|Box 3||Page proof 1966|
|Box 4||Page proof 1967|
|Box 4||Publicity material 1967|
|Box 4||Association of Research and Enlightenment|
|Box 4||Cayce family writings|
|Box 4||Index cards - remedies for medical complaints taken from Edgar Cayce's Famous Black Book|
|Box 4||Notes, handwritten|
|Box 4||Printed material|
|Box 5||Printed material|
|Box 5||Psychic readings|
|Box 5||Reilly, Harold J.|
|Box 5||Writings about Cayce's readings|
|Oversize 3||Book reviews 1963-1964|
|The Miracle Workers: America's Psychic Consultants|
|Box 5||Draft 1972 (7 folders)|
|Box 6||Foundry proof 1972|
|Box 6||Final galley 1972|
|Box 6||Draft 1970 - pp. 1-400 (8 folders)|
|Box 7||Draft 1970 - pp. 401-419|
|Box 7||Original galley proof 1970|
|Box 7||Page proof 1970 (2 folders)|
|The Search for a Soul: Taylor Caldwell's Psychic Lives|
|Box 7||Draft 1973 - pp. 1-200 (4 folders)|
|Box 8||Draft 1973 - pp. 201-322 (3 folders)|
|Box 8||Final galley 1973|
|Box 8||Foundry proof 1973|
|The Search for the Girl with the Blue Eyes|
|Oversize 3||Article by Stearn 1968|
|Oversize 3||Book reviews 1968|
|Box 8||Draft A, incomplete 1968 (4 folders)|
|Box 9||Draft A-C, incomplete 1968 (12 folders)|
|Box 10||Draft C-D, incomplete 1968 (12 folders)|
|Box 10||Draft E 1968 - pp. 1-100 (2 folders)|
|Box 11||Draft E 1968 - pp.101-395 (6 folders)|
|Box 11||Final galley 1968|
|Box 11||Foundry proof 1968|
|Box 12||Foundry proof 1968|
|Box 12||Census information|
|Box 12||Lewis, Madge 1963|
|Box 12||Stevenson, Ian, Dr. 1962-1965|
|Box 12||Miscellaneous 1963-1966|
|Box 12||Miscellaneous undated|
|Box 12||Notes, handwritten|
|Box 12||Psychic sessions 1962|
|Box 12||Psychic session 1-2 (2 folders)|
|Box 13||Psychic session 3-6 (4 folders)|
|Box 13||Draft A 1969 - pp. 1-350 (7 folders)|
|Box 14||Draft A 1969 - pp. 351-507 (4 folders)|
|Box 14||Draft B, incomplete 1969 (10 folders)|
|Box 15||Draft B, incomplete 1969|
|Box 15||Final galley 1969|
|Box 15||Foundry proof 1968|
|Box 15||Foundry proof 1969|
|The Sixth Man|
|Oversize 3||Book reviews 1961|
|Box 16||Publicity tour|
|A Time for Astrology|
|Oversize 3||Book patch 1965|
|Box 16||Draft A 1971 (10 folders)|
|Box 16||Draft B 1971 - pp. 1-50|
|Box 17||Draft B 1971 - pp. 51-481 (9 folders)|
|Box 17||Draft C 1971 - pp. 1-350 (7 folders)|
|Box 18||Draft C 1971 - pp. 351-460 (2 folders)|
|Box 18||Research material 1971|
|Oversize 1||Appendix proof 1965 (3 folders)|
|Oversize 2||Appendix proof 1965 (2 folders)|
|Box 18||Appendix notes 1971 (5 folders)|
|Yoga, Youth and Reincarnation|
|Oversize 3||Article by Stearn 1968|
|Oversize 3||Book reviews 1965|
|Box 18||Draft A, incomplete 1965 (4 folders)|
|Box 18||Draft B, incomplete 1965|
|Box 19||Draft B, incomplete 1965 (5 folders)|
|Box 19||Draft C 1965 - pp. 1-350 (7 folders)|
|Box 20||Draft C 1965 - pp. 351-536 (4 folders)|
|Oversize 3||Illustrations 1965|
|Box 20||Miscellaneous - extra drafts of chapters|
|Box 20||Acker, Marcia Moore|
|Box 20||Cayce, Hugh Lynn 1965-1967|
|Box 20||Fan mail 1965-1968 (2 folders)|
|Box 20||Canadian Speakers' and Writers' Service 1966-1967|
|Box 20||Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc. 1968 1976|
|Box 20||Doubleday & Company Inc. 1966-1968|
|Box 20||Doubleday Canada Liminted 1966-1967|
|Box 20||The Sterling Lord Agency 1967|
|Box 20||Turner, Gladys Davis 1966, 1971|
|Box 20||Miscellaneous - letters from unknown individuals, Department of Taxation and Finance for the Sate of New York, and letters about Stearn|
|Box 20||Finances 1963, 1966, 1968|