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Collections - MF 123 Bonita Freeman Witthoft / Spiritualist Church Collection

Number of Interviews: 3+
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1971 – 1972
Time period covered: twentieth century
Principal interviewers: Bonita Freeman Witthoft
Finding Aides: brief indexes and full transcripts
Access Restrictions: none

Description: This collections consists of a series of interviews and recordings of various meetings and sessions of the Spiritualist Church in Maine and especially at Camp Etna. They were conducted by Bonita Freeman Witthoft in connection with her thesis From the Other Side of Life: Modern Spiritualism in Maine, c.1975. Witthoft was primarily interested in fundamental religious concepts, forms of apprenticeship, acquired patterns of perception and behavior, the discipline of mediums as spokesmen for spirit guides, and on the complex act of delivering messages. Among topics covered are healing, physical versus mental mediumship, projection, trance, controls and guides, and automatism.

669 Witthoft, Bonita. 1971 – 1972. Maine: Etna, Bangor, Orono. 75 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ trans. Interviews, recordings of church meetings, healing sessions, etc. in connection with the Spiritualist Church. Interviewees and speakers include Loretta Fairjeon, Forest Dinsmore, Marjory Flewelling, Elmer Stewart, Frank Libby, Margaret Stevens, Henry Gardiner. T369 – T370

673 Witthoft, Bonita. 1971 – 1972. Maine: Etna, Bangor, Orono. 312 pp. Tape 13 hrs. with brief index and transcript. Interviews, recordings of church meetings, healing session, in connection with the Spiritualist Church. Interviewees include Henry Hewitt, Pierre Fairjeon, Loretta Fairjeon, Irene Fratello, Rev. Mountain, Lenona Flanders, Gladys Laliberte, Emer Stewart. T369 – T370

710 Witthoft, Bonita. Summer 1972. Maine: Etna. 437 pp. Tape: 16 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Series of interviews on spiritualism at Camp Etna, a Spiritualist Church camp. Interviewees include Clarence Stewart, Elmer Steward, Robert Simpson, Louise Hagar, Vera McGregor, Loretta Fairjeon, Helen Morgan, Millie Blover, Zelma Dickerson, Bernice Damon. T435 – T450


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