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Jess Stearn Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Stearn, Jess.
Title: Jess Stearn Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1932-1970
Quantity: 5.0 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the American author. Collection contains correspondence (1965-1968); typescript drafts and revisions of articles and books; research material, galley proofs, and book publicity. Research relates to Edgar Cayce, the occult, parapsychology, psychical research, and yoga.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Jess Stearn (1914-2002) was an American journalist and author known for his writings on the occult.

Stearn attended Syracuse University and worked as a reporter for The New York Daily News for seventeen years before becoming interested in Edward Cayce while researching him for a book. He eventually published two biographies of Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet: The Life and Work of Edgar Cayce (1968) and A Prophet in His Own Country: The Story of the Young Edgar Cayce (1974), as well as more than thirty other books on reincarnation, psychic phenomena, and the occult. He also collaborated with Taylor Caldwell on Caldwell's book I, Judas, and wrote a book on Caldwell's psychic lives.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jess Stearn Papers consist of correspondence, memorabilia, and writings.

Correspondence consists almost entirely of incoming letters; approximately half are from admirers (fan mail), with the remainder concerned with the writing and publication of Stearns' books. Significant letters include Hugh Lynn Cayce (Edgar Cayce's son), Doubleday & Company, Doubleday Canada Ltd., LIFE magazine, Matie Molinaro, Kay Perry, Phoenix Republic and Gazette, and Austin Rice.

Memorabilia includes one folder each of biographical material and personal financial records.

Writings consist of articles and books by Stearn. Articles are represented in the collection in printed form only. Books include research material, manuscripts, galley proofs, printed copies, book reviews and publicity material.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is arranged chronologically. Memorabilia is arranged alphabetically by topic. Writings are arranged alphabetically by type and within that by title.

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Access Restrictions

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.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

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 spelled "Stern" in the Nebel listing), 1966 and 1968.

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Subject Headings


Cayce, Edgar, 1877-1945.
Stearn, Jess -- Archives.


Authors, American.
Psychical research.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Drafts (documents)
Galley proofs.
Manuscripts for publication.
Research notes.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Jess Stearn Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jess Stearn, 1968-1973.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MFA
Date: Nov 1968
Revision history: 19 Nov 2009 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Box 1 Incoming 1965-1968
Box 1 Biographical material 1965
Box 1 Financial records 1966-1968
Box 1 "My search for the girl with the blue eyes," This Week Magazine 21 Jul 1968
Box 1 "Yoga and drugs," This Week Magazine 16 Jun 1968
The Door to the Future
Box 1 Printed copy 1963
Box 1 Review 1963
Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet
Box 1 Research material 1932-1967 - including the Reilly Service
Box 2 Research material
Box 2 Draft A, incomplete - original typescript and typescript copy, revised
Box 3 Draft B, printer's copy 1966 - original typescript, revised (3 folders)
Box 3 Galley proof 1966
Box 3 Page proof 1966
Box 3 Printed copy 1967
Box 3 Reviews 1967
Box 3 Publicity material 1967-1968
The Grapevine
Box 4 Reviews and publicity material 1964
The Search for the Girl with the Blue Eyes
Box 4 Research material and notes
Box 4 Kenneth A. MacIver 1962-1966 - correspondence and miscellaneous notes, reproductions (2 folders)
RESTRICTED: Requires written permission of K. MacIver.
Box 4 Joanne MacIver, transcript of sessions - reproductions (2 folders)
RESTRICTED: Requires written permission of K. MacIver.
Box 5 Draft A, incomplete - original typescript and typescript copy, revised (3 folders)
Box 5 Draft B, incomplete - original typescript and typescript copy, revised (2 folders)
Box 6 Draft C, incomplete - original typescript (3 folders)
Box 6 Draft D - typescript reproduction (3 folders)
Box 6 Draft E, printer's copy 1968 - original typescript, revised (3 folders)
Galley proofs 1968
Box 7 Uncorrected
Box 7 Revised
Box 7 Final
Box 7 Printed copy 1968
Box 7 Book reviews 1968
Box 7 Publicity material 1968
The Sixth Man
Box 8 Research material
Box 8 Printed copy 1961
Box 8 Book reviews 1961
Youth, Yoga, and Reincarnation
Box 8 Draft A - original typescript, revised (3 folders)
Box 8 Draft B, incomplete - typescript
Box 8 Draft C, chapter 12 only
Box 9 Draft D, printer's copy 1965 - original typescript and typescript copy, revised (3 folders)
Box 9 Printed copy 1965
Box 9 Book reviews 1965

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