Mary Dillman papers
Scope and Contents
The Mary Dillman Papers contain research files, interview materials, correspondence, class materials, presentations, conference papers, and photographs related to Jane Roberts, a spiritualist who claimed to channel a spirit known as Seth. This material details Dillman's research into Jane Roberts and Seth and documents Dillman's relationships with the larger network of Seth researchers. Also included are materials created by members of the community that surrounded Roberts, Seth, and Roberts' husband, Robert Butts. This material is arranged in three series: Research, Correspondence, and Seth researcher community.
The Research series includes research files on Jane Roberts and Robert Butts, two item-level detailed inventories of specific boxes and photographs in the Jane Roberts papers, interviews with people who knew Roberts and Butts personally, and outlines for extrasensory perception (ESP) classes that Roberts taught. Some of these materials are annotated or edited, either by Dillman or by other members of the Seth research community. The Correspondence series includes correspondence between Dillman and members of the Seth community, as well as with Butts and Roberts. The Seth researcher community series primarily contains conference papers and other conference materials from the Austin Seth Center and other conferences around the world.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Mary Dillman. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of David Harris, 2021.
The papers are arranged in three series: I. Research, 1950-2018. II. Correspondence, 1973-2008. III. Seth researcher community, 1971-2020.
8.5 Linear Feet (19 boxes)
Language of Materials
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
The Mary Dillman Papers contain research files, interview materials, correspondence, class materials, presentations, conference papers, and photographs related to Jane Roberts, a spiritualist who claimed to channel a spirit known as Seth. This material details Dillman's research into Jane Roberts and Seth and documents Dillman's relationships with the larger network of Seth researchers. Also included are materials created by members of the community that surrounded Roberts, Seth, and Roberts' husband, Robert Butts.
Biographical / Historical
Mary Dillman (1946-2020) was a researcher who worked on, curated, and contextualized the Jane Roberts Papers (MS 1090). Dillman grew up in Minnesota and worked in Minneapolis until 1998 as a property tax consultant, when she moved to New Haven, Connecticut, to work on the Jane Roberts Papers. Dillman considered this her calling.
During her time in New Haven, Dillman researched, organized, and disseminated information on Roberts and Seth to the wider community of Seth and Roberts researchers. Dillman served as an information and documentation conduit between the Jane Roberts Papers the research community, assisting in introducing new researchers to the Jane Roberts Papers, interviewing people regarding Jane Roberts and Robert Butts (Roberts' husband), procuring written materials and photographs, and presenting at Seth conferences.
- Guide to the Mary Dillman Papers
- compiled by Camila Zorrilla Tessler
- November 2021
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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