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Collections - MF 095 Dowsing and Dowsers in Maine Collection

Number of Interviews: 51
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1971-1984
Time period covered: twentieth century
Principal interviewers:
various
Finding Aides: transcripts
Access Restrictions: none

Description: A series of fifty-one interviews and supplemental manuscript material on dowsing or water witching, most conducted as part of a class project in Edward D. “Sandy” Ives’ folklore and oral history field work course at the University of Maine in 1984. Accessions 596, 597, 599, 730, and 1349 were added to the series because of their focus on dowsing. Dowsers discuss techniques and materials; uses of dowsing in archaeology  learning to dowse; beliefs about dowsing; dowsing as a way of healing; locating ley lines; and tell dowsing stories.

596 Webb, Carleton. (FO 2) Spring 1971. Maine: Franklin. 17 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ trans. Interview with George Picard, a water dowser. T335

597 Faunce, Michael. (FO 2) Spring 1971. Maine: Monmouth. 24 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ trans. Interview with P. H. York, a water dowser. T335

599 Gallant, Lawrence. (FO 2) Spring 1971. 10 pp. Tape: 1/4 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Marie Megquier about water witching; photos, P1008 – P1010 / T336

730 Taylor, David. (FO 2) Spring 1972. Maine: Waterville, Benton Falls, Orono. 34 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interviews with Theresa Couture, Wilson Shores, and Ronald Siviski about water dowsing. P999 – P1004 / T554

1349 Stevens, Gifford. Maine Folklife Survey. Summer 1980. Maine: Hodgdon. 17 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Charles Heath about techniques and materials used in dowsing; and dowsing stories; 4 slides, S226 – S229 / T1474

1559 MacGregor, Christopher. (AY 125) Fall 1981. Maine: Orono. 10 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Tyke McKay about his experiences with dowsing. T1660

1560 MacGregor, Christopher. (AY 125) Fall 1981. Maine: Old Town. 26 pp. Tape: I hr. w/ cat. Interview with Clark Brink about dowsing. T1661

1726 Collins, Jane. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Orono. 7 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Steve White about his experiences with dowsing and its specific uses for archaeological purposes. C160

1727 Collins, Jane. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Orono. 10 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Carol Bombard about her experiences with dowsing or water witching; how she learned and how she practices it. T1844

1728 Collins, Jane. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Orono. 18 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Cathy Fox about her experiences with dowsing; how she started, her technique, and basic belief as to why it works. T1845

1729 Collins, Jane and Mutchnick, Patrice. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Orono. 40 pp. Tape: 1 hr. audio; 1 hr. video, both w/ cats. Interview with Daniel LaPoint about dowsing techniques, theories, and experiences. He talks about his own psychic abilities and its connection with dowsing. Video tapes demonstrate the various tools used for dowsing, including L-rods, Y-rods, aura meter, and pendulum. T1846 / V45 – V46

1730 Mutchnick, Patrice. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Orono. 12 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Erling Skorpen about his experiences with dowsing a well on his property; theories behind why it works. T1847

1731 Mutchnick, Patrice. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Orono. 46 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Dana Hashey about his experiences as a dowser, how he got started, how to do it, and why it works; dowsing as a way of healing. T1848

1732 Mutchnick, Patrice. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Orono. 15 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Leon Shute about how he learned to dowse and his experiences dowsing wells on the coast of Maine. T1849

1733 LaPlante, Mark. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Bangor. 7 pp. Tape: Video, 1/4 hr. w/ cat. Video recording of Edward Ames demonstrating dowsing techniques and teaching others to do it. V44

1734 LaPlante, Mark. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Bangor. 11 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Albert Bean, Sr. about his dowsing experiences; dowsing as a medical tool to diagnose illnesses. T1850

1735 LaPlante, Mark. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Bangor. 9 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with a woman who wished to remain anonymous about past life regression; dowsing with a pendulum; premonitions; and her experiences under hypnosis. T1850

1736 LaPlante, Mark. (AY 125) Spring 1884 Maine: Orrington. 12 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Ralph Fielding about dowsing; demonstrations and discussion about how and if it works. T1851

1737 LaPlante, Mark. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Orono. 7 pp. Tape: 1/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Jim Fastook about dowsing his own well and another local dowser (Dale Kitchen) who has been successful; discusses geology and offers some ideas about finding water. T1852

1738 LaPlante, Mark. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Costigan. 14 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Dale Kitchen about dowsing; how he traced a vein; the magnetism of his body and how it affects him. T1852

1739 Lowrey, Nathan. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Ashland. 9 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with George “Pete” Sawyer about his contact with water dowsing. T1853

1740 Lowrey, Nathan. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Presque Isle. 19 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Dr. William Forbes about his contacts with water dowsing as a well driller and as a geologist. T1853

1741 Lowrey, Nathan. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Yarmouth. 14 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/cat. Interview with Adam Lewis about his experiences and theories on water dowsing. T1853

1742 Lowrey, Nathan. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Bangor. 29 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Jenny Landa about water dowsing and healing. T1854

1743 Lowrey, Nathan. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Penobscot. 13 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Duane Bunker about water dowsing and about Paul Eastman, a prominent dowser in the area. T1854

1744 Lowrey, Nathan. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Penobscot. 20 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Paul Eastman about his experiences dowsing for people; his fishing experiences in the 1910’s and 1920’s. T1855

1745 Lowrey, Nathan. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Mass.: Beverly, Newburyport. 18 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Shaun Hutchinson about his contact with two dowers he knew while growing up; also describes the Beverly, Mass. area and tells of its history. T1856

1746 Lowrey, Nathan. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Mass.: Beverly. 8 pp. Tape: 1/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with John Murphy about his experiences with a local contractor who used “L” rods to locate pipes and underground wires. T1856

1747 Flipse, Sara. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Fort Kent. 12 pp. Tape. 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Thomas Beaulieu about his experiences with dowsing. T1857

1748 Flipse, Sara. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Marshfield. 12 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Carl Heilsberg about his experiences with dowsing; information about Mr. Buford Grant, a dowser in Camden, Maine. T1858

1749 Flipse, Sara. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Lincoln. 27 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Kenneth Merrill about his experiences with dowsing. T1858

1750 Flipse, Sara. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Houlton. 21 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Paul Glidden about his experiences with dowsing. T1858

1751 Day, Matthew. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Bar Harbor. 11 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Roslyn Strong about her experiences with dowsing and with “Ley Lines,” which traverse the earth and intersect at “Power Spots.” T1859

1752 Day, Matthew. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Hull’s Cove. 8 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr w/ cat. Interview with Robert Frye about his experiences with water dowsing; Has successfully dowsed 50 to 60 wells. T1860

1753 Day, Matthew. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Bar Harbor. 13 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr w/ cat. Interview with David Harding about his experiences with dowsing; parapsychology; looking for ghosts in haunted houses; performing “psychometry.” T1860

1755 Day, Matthew. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Bar Harbor. 9 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Michael Kimball about his experiences as a beginning dowser; water dowsing; map dowsing; the location of “Ley Lines.” T1861

1756 Day, Matthew. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Orono (UM). 12 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Charlie Washington about his one experience with dowsing. T1862

1757 Waters, William. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Millinocket. 10 pp. Tape: 1/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Mr. Kelsie Fish, Jr. about his experiences with dowsing and how he learned to dowse. T1863

1758 Waters, William. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Lincoln. 24 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Harley Murchie about his experiences with dowsing and E.S.P. T1864

1759 Waters, William. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Lincoln. 29 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Doris Clifford about her experiences with dowsing and supernatural occurrences such as spiritualist messengers and E.S.P. T1865

1760 Waters, William. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Orono (UM). 24 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Prof. John Wilson about potential for supernatural experiences to occur and how they relate to dowsing; automatic writing, the ouija board, and energy. C161

1761 Bergwall, Anne. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Caribou. 20 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ cat. Interview with Preston Cote about his experiences with dowsing; how he learned to dowse, why it works for him, what equipment works best, and how he reads the lay of the land. C162 – C163

1762 Bergwall, Anne. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Bangor. 15 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Margaret Forbes, a member of the Bangor Dowsing Society, about dowsing as a diagnostic technique in healing ailments; photos, P5992 – P5994 / C164

1763 Bergwall, Anne. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Portage. 21 pp. Tape: 21 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Lorne Boyles about his dowsing ability; his theory of why it works; photos, P5986 – P5989 / C165

1764 Bergwall, Anne. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Caribou. 21 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Vernon LeVesque who discusses his beliefs about dowsing and describes how veins run and how drilling is practiced. LeVesque is a well driller who often employs a dowser to find water. C166

1765 Bergwall, Anne. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Woodland. 18 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Jasper Cote about his dowsing experiences, including the types of devices he uses to find water. C167

1766 Bergwall, Anne. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Caribou. 26 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with George Gallagher about his experiences with dowsing and the use of brass, “L” rods and coat hanger as dowsing devices, photos, P5990 – P5991 / C168

1783 Webb, Deanna. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Brewer. 11 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Robert Stetson about his experiences with dowsing. He is not a dowser himself. T1872

1784 Webb, Deanna. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Orono. 5 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ partial cat. Interview with Martha Croasmun about her experiences with dowsing. T1872

1785 Webb, Deanna. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Hermon. 34 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Allen Faloon about his experiences with dowsing over the last forty years. T1873

1786 Webb, Deanna. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Bangor. 15 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Linda Maynard about her experiences with dowsing and why she thinks it works. T1874

1787 Webb, Deanna. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Orono (UM). 7 pp. Tape: 1/4 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Eileen Farrell about her experiences with dowsing and how she learned to do it. T1874

1829 Webb, Deanna. (AY 125) Spring 1984. Maine: Bangor. 24 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ partial cat. Interview with Warren Southworth about dowsing. T1894

2023 Ives, Edward D. (AY 325) Spring 1984. Maine. 91 pp.ms. Miscellaneous materials on the subject of dowsing collected in conjunction with Ives’ fieldwork course in which dowsing was used as a common project. Includes mimeographed article “A Brief History of Dowsing” by Norman E. Leighton; references to other accessions containing material on dowsing; reprints of articles; a brief interview guide; references to articles in the Bangor Daily News.


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