Lily Dale scrapbooks

William Phillips
Lily Dale scrapbooks.  - 1890-1925.

13 cm of textual records.

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The fonds consists of two scrapbooks maintained by William Phillips. The first includes clippings from newspapers and magazines that date from 1890-1914. Included are articles on topics relating to spiritualism, advertisements for mediums, and advertising for spiritualism products including the Ouija board. These materials are glued into "A History of Europe" and most clippings feature underlining of important sections.

The second scrapbook includes both clippings as well as handwritten notes from the spirit world. The notes were sent from friends and family of William Phillips including his wife Elizabeth, sister Fanny, brother John Edward and father Joseph. The notes primarily came through medium P.L.O.A. Keeler at Lily Dale. Most of the clippings are advertisements for publications relating to spiritualism and the occult.


  1. Title from content of the fonds.
  2. Extent is measured in linear metres of shelf space as occupied by the fonds.
  3. Purchased in 2017 from Ben Katz Rare Books.
  4. Related records can be found in GA 64, Maines Pincock fonds, and GA 67 and GA 270, Thomas Lacey lecture and séance collections.

Call number: GA 336