Andrew Jackson Davis Collection Coll. 2

Andrew Jackson Davis Collection Coll. 2


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The Edgar Cayce Foundation

215 S. 67th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
jessica.newell@edgarcayce.org

Jessica Newell

Repository
The Edgar Cayce Foundation
Identification
Coll. 2
Title
Andrew Jackson Davis Collection1840-2011
URL:
1A-10-1
Quantity
1.2 Linear Feet
Creator
Davis, Andrew Jackson
Creator
Davis, Delphine Markham
Creator
Atherton, Frederick
Language
English .

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research use. Reproduction is permitted with written permission from the Edgar Cayce Foundation.

Custodial History

The Association for Research and Enlightenment Library acquired the collection in 1977 from Maude Kline, friend of Edgar Cayce. The collection of books that accompanies this manuscript collection is housed in the A.R.E. Library.

Andrew Jackson Davis's lawyer Frederick Atherton originally owned the collection. After Atherton's death, it passed to a Mrs. McCullem who willed the collection to Maude Kline. (see A.R.E. News, vol. 13 no. 3, March 1978).

Fred Kolb, member of the A.R.E. Board of Trustees, Dr. John Bullard and Dr. Craig McAndrews advised the Library on the purchase.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item,] [date (if known)]; Andrew Jackson Davis Collection, Coll. 2, box_, folder_, The Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Biographical / Historical

Andrew Jackson Davis was born August 11, 1826 in Blooming Grove, New York. After a series of psychic experiences, he moved to Poughkeepsie, New York and became an ardent Spiritualist known popularly as "The Poughkeepsie Seer." Davis was a prolific writer and lecturer on Spiritualist and socially progressive topics. He served briefly as editor of the Banner of Light, a Spiritualist newspaper based in New England. In 1843, Davis attended a lecture on mesmerism given by Dr. Dr. J. S. Grimes, professor of jurisprudence in the Castleton Medical College. Soon after the lecture, a local tailor named William Livingston guided Davis into a trance state, where he discovered he could see the inside of the human body and diagnose illness. According to the Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, "In 1844 Davis had a strange experience that was to have an enduring effect on his life. In a state of semitrance he wandered away from home and awoke the next morning 40 miles away in the mountains. There he claimed to have met two venerable men - whom he later identified as the ancient physician Galen and the Swedish seer Emmanuel Swedenborg - and experienced a state of mental illumination" (https://www.encyclopedia.com/people/philosophy-and-religion/other-religious-beliefs-biographies/andrew-jackson-davis). In 1845, he partnered with Dr. Silas Lyon and the Reverend William Fishbough to explore his abilities on a deeper level. Lyon guided his trance state and Fishbough recorded the sessions. From November of 1845 to February of 1847 they gathered the material that would become The Principles of Nature, Her Divine Revelations, and a Voice to Mankind (1847). Through the following years Davis would publish several other works on Spiritualism and philosophy. In 1860 he started the Herald of Progress magazine. He later ran a small bookshop in Boston and earned a medical degree. He was an important influence in the development of Spiritualism as well as a supporter of progressive political movements such as divorce reform. Davis died on January 13, 1910.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes artifacts, correspondence, legal records, photographs, and writings primarily related to Davis's publishing contracts. Letters between Davis and his lawyer Frederick Atherton form the bulk of the correspondence. In addition, the collection includes personal papers of Davis' wife, Delphine Markham Davis (1839-1928). Delphine, a graduate of the United States Medical College in New York, married Davis in 1885.

Arrangement

Andrew Jackson Davis's materials are followed by Delphine Markham Davis's materials in the collection arrangement.

Related Material

Andrew Jackson Davis collection of publications located in the A.R.E. Library reserve room and available for research upon request and appointment.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Atherton, Frederick
  • Davis, Andrew Jackson
  • Davis, Delphine Markham

Container List

Box 1
  • Folder 1:1
    accession materials
    1977-2011
  • Folder 1:2
    correspondence, [personal]
    1909-1937
  • Folder 1:3
    correspondence, [Frederick Atherton to James Robertson]
    1911-1912
  • Folder 1:4
    annuity, [Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance Company]
    1899-1902
  • Folder 1:5
    bill of sale, [Trow Directory, Printing and Bookbinding Company]
    1890-1910
  • Folder 1:6
    biographical sketches, [Andrew Jackson Davis] by Delphine Davis et. al.
    1886-1909
  • Folder 1:7
    Certificate of Incorporation of the Harmonial Association
    1881
  • Folder 1:8
    charter, [The Magazine Company]
    1906
  • Folder 1:9
    correspondence, [American Society for Psychical Research]
    1908
  • Folder 1:10-1:14
    correspondence, [Frederick Atherton]
    1905-1910
  • Folder 1:15
    correspondence, [Austin Publishing Company]
    1908-1910
  • Folder 1:16
    correspondence, [Banner of Light Publishing Company]
    1905-1908
  • Folder 1:17
    correspondence, [British Spiritualist lyceums]
    1898
  • Folder 1:18
    correspondence, [William Fishbough]
    1847-1854
  • Folder 1:19
    correspondence, [Alfred E. Giles]
    1884-1902
  • Folder 1:20
    correspondence, [Reverend T.L. Harris]
    1847-1848
  • Folder 1:21
    correspondence, [legal]
    1909
  • Folder 1:22
    correspondence, [Ella Mingus]
    1886
  • Folder 1:23
    correspondence, [National Association of Spiritualists]
    1902-1909
  • Folder 1:24
    correspondence, [J.M. Peebles]
    1905
  • Folder 1:25
    correspondence, [C.M. Plumb]
    1888
  • Folder 1:26
    correspondence, [The Progressive Thinker]
    1905-1923
  • Folder 1:27
    correspondence, [readers]
    1905-1906
  • Folder 1:28
    correspondence, [John T. Townsend]
    1884-1885
Box 2
  • Folder 2:1-2:2
    correspondence, [Trow Directory, Printing and Bookbinding Company
    1894-1909
  • Folder 2:3
    correspondence, [Veteran Spiritualist's Union]
    1896-1908
  • Folder 2:4
    divorce petition, [Catherine De Wolf v. Joshua Dodge]
    1848
  • Folder 2:5
    ephemera
    1903-1909
  • Folder 1:1
    accession materials
    1903-1909
  • Folder 2:6
    legal agreement, [George C. Webster and Lyman W. Griffin, pharmacists]
    1893
  • Folder 2:7
    legal documents, [Samuel S. Love v. Mary F. Davis alias Mary F. Love]
    1856
  • Folder 2:8
    legal documents, [probate]
    1910-1912
  • Folder 2:9
    legal documents, [probate; James De Wolf]
    1859
  • Folder 2:10
    legal documents, [Christopher C. Shaw et. al. v. Veteran Spiritualist's Union et. al.]
    1906-1909
  • Folder 2:11
    judgment, [Andrew Jackson Davis v. Mary F. Davis / Love / Robinson]
    1885
  • Folder 2:12
    manuscript, [An Explanatory Letter from Andrew Jackson Davis to His Correspondents Who Complain That They Do Not Receive His Books From the Publishers]
    1905
  • Folder 2:13
    marriage contract, [Andrew Jackson Davis and Catherine De Wolf]
    1848
  • Folder 2:14
    marriage contract, [Andrew Jackson Davis and Delphine E. Markham]
    1885
  • Folder 2:15
    medical license
    1883
  • Folder 2:16
    notes, [books and lectures]
    1879-1884
  • Folder 2:17
    paintings, [subjects from Davis' writings]
    undated
  • Folder 2:18
    pamphlet, [The Diakka, and their Earthly Victims; being an Explanation of much that is False and Repulsive in Spiritualism]
    1873
  • Folder 2:19
    pamphlets, [Harmonial Association and Philosophy]
    1872-1907
  • Folder 2:20
    pamphlets, [lyceums]
    undated
  • Folder 2:21
    pamphlets, [medical remedies]
    1893-1895
  • Folder 2:22
    pamphlets, [Spiritualism]
    1905
  • Folder 2:23-2:24
    photographs
    1840-1910
  • Folder 2:25
    poem
    undated
  • Folder 2:26
    publications, [Andrew Jackson Davis memorials]
    1910
  • Folder 2:27
    receipts, [Ella Mingus]
    1885-1887
  • Folder 2:28
    receipts, [publishers]
    1895-1904
  • Folder 2:29
    receipts, [Eliza P. Williams]
    1884-1887
Box 3
  • Folder 3:1
    account books
    1913-1927
  • Folder 3:2
    Andrew Jackson Davis Publication Trust
    1922-1923
  • Folder 3:3-3:4
    correspondence, [Frederick Atherton]
    1910-1923
  • Folder 3:5
    correspondence, [mourning]
    1910
  • Folder 3:6
    correspondence, [personal]
    1914-1928
  • Folder 3:7
    correspondence, [Winthrop Scudder and family]
    1927-1928
  • Folder 3:8
    ephemera
    1882-1928
  • Folder 3:9
    legal documents, [divorce]
    1869-1885
  • Folder 3:10
    legal documents, [property]
    1869-1892
  • marriage contract, [Delphine Markham and Dumont C. Dake]
    1870
  • newsclippings, [Spiritualist newspapers] collected by Delphine Davis
    undated
  • Folder 3:14
    photographs, [Delphine Davis]
    undated
  • Folder 3:15
    receipts
    1927-1928
  • Folder 3:16
    wills
    1910-1922
Box 4
  • Item 4:1
    staff
    undated
Box 5
  • Item 5:1
    medal, [British Spiritualists' Lyceum Union]
    1863
  • Item 5:2
    medal, [British Spiritualists' Lyceum Union]
    1863
  • Item 5:3
    ambrotype, [Andrew Jackson Davis]
    undated
  • Item 5:4
    sash
    undated
  • Item 5:5
    medal, [depiction of the Rochester Rappings]
    undated
Box 6
  • Item 6:1
    ledger
    1874-1887