The Great Soul Trial Collection, 1962-1981 (bulk 1966-1974)

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The Great Soul Trial Collection, 1962-1981 (bulk 1966-1974)

MS 542


Collection Summary

Creator: Myers, Robert
Collection Name:The Great Soul Trial Collection,
Inclusive Dates: 1962-1981
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1966-1974)
Physical Description:16 linear feet
Abstract:The Great Soul Trial was first held in Phoenix, Arizona in 1967 and went to retrial in 1971. The purpose of the trial was to honor the will of James Kidd that left money to fund scientific research that provided proof of a human soul that leaves the body at the time of death. The collection contains correspondence, claimant materials, press clippings, photographs, audio recordings, and oversize materials.
Collection Number:MS 542
Language: The bulk of the materials are in English, with some materials in German, Spanish, Portuguese, Tamil, Hindi, Japanese, French, Urdu, Dutch, Polish, Chinese, Arabic, Swahili, Hebrew, Russian, Persian, Korean, Tagalog, and Indonesian.
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/
E-Mail: LBRY-askspcoll@email.arizona.edu

Historical Note

James Kidd was born on July 18, 1879 in Ogdensburgh, New York. He held residence on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona and was an employee of the Miami Company of Arizona. In November, 1949 Kidd went missing in the Superstition Mountains outside of Phoenix, Arizona. In 1954, he was declared missing and dead by the State of Arizona. In 1964, the State of Arizona took an inventory of a safety deposit box owned by James Kidd which contained a holograph will dating from 1930 stating his wishes that the balance of his estate go towards funding research that provided scientific proof of the existence of a soul that leaves the human body at the time of death. The value of the estate after expenses was in excess of $200,000. The estate went to trial between May – October, 1967 as James Kidd had no heirs or immediate family. The Honorable Justice Robert Myers of the Court of Maricopa County, Arizona presided over the case and heard from one hundred thirty three claimants over the course of the hearings. On October 20, 1967 the estate was awarded to the Barrow Neurological Institute located in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1971, The Arizona Supreme Court overturned the decision handed down by Justice Robert Myers, which resulted in the case going to retrial that year. Again, Justice Robert Myers presided over the case and awarded the estate to the American Society for Psychical Research based in New York City, New York.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, claimant materials, press clippings, photographs, publications, and oversize materials collected by Justice Robert Myers who presided over The Great Soul Trial in 1967 and when the case went to retrial in 1971. The correspondence series comprises the bulk of the collection and is arranged alphabetically by country. The bulk of the correspondence is from the United States and is arranged alphabetically. This series consists of correspondence, essays, monographs, photographs, artwork, diagrams, etc. sent by individuals and organizations applying for claim on the James Kidd estate. The Claimant Materials series contains correspondence from applicants that were selected to testify for claim on the James Kidd estate by the Court of Maricopa County, Arizona. This series also contains final accounting and petition for final distribution materials and a list of claimants and petitioners. The Press Clippings series contains newspaper clippings and magazine articles from publications based worldwide documenting the Great Soul Trial and its proceedings. The photographs series contains photographs of Justice Robert Myers and various claimants that testified during the Great Soul Trial. The publications series contains monographs and pamphlets that were sent by individuals applying for claim on the James Kidd estate. The audio recordings series contains reel to reel tapes sent by individuals applying for claim on the James Kidd estate.


Arrangement

This collection is organized into six series.

Restrictions

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on this collection.

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


Related Material

For more information, see the monograph The Great Soul Trial by John G. Fuller.


Access Terms

Subject(s)
Correspondence—1960-1970.
Courts—United States—Cases.
Law—United States—Cases.
Metaphysical research.
Metaphysics.
Religion and law—United States--Cases.
Spiritual life--Buddhism.
Spiritual life--Christianity.
Spiritual life--Hinduism.
Spiritual life--Islam.
Spiritual life--Judaism.
Spirituality.


Administrative Information

Credit Line

The Great Soul Trial Collection (MS 542). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.


Container List

Series 1: Correspondence, 1966-1979
This series contains correspondence and is arranged alphabetically by country. The bulk of the materials originates from the United States which is arranged alphabetically. The miscellaneous folders located towards the end of the series contains materials from Bolivia, Spain, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, New Caledonia, Pakistan, Leeward Islands, Mauritius, Panama, Uruguay, Netherlands, Mozambique, Poland, Taiwan, Lebanon, Kenya, New Zealand, Israel, China, Puerto Rico, CCCP, Holland, Poland, Portugal, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Manila, Ghana, Togo, Liberia, and Indonesia. Anonymous folders located at the end of the series contain correspondence from unidentified individuals. Box 14 contains oversize materials and consists of correspondence from claimant applicants, a record album, and a list of correspondence arranged by country created by office of Justice Robert Myers.
Materials within this series consists of correspondence, essays, monographs, photographs, artwork, diagrams, etc. sent by individuals and organizations applying for claim on the James Kidd estate. The materials discuss a myriad of spiritual beliefs and practices, including but not limited to Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhist, Islam, and Shintoism. Materials are in English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Tamil, Hindi, Japanese, French, Urdu, Dutch, Polish, Mandarin, Arabic, Swahili, Hebrew, Russian, Persian, Korean, Tagalog, and Indonesian.
boxfolder
11 Argentina, 1966-1968
12 Australia, 1967
13 Austria (1 of 2), 1966-1974
14 Austria (2 of 2), 1966-1974
14 Austria (2 of 2), 1966-1974
15 Belgium, 1966-1969
16 Bolivia, 1966-1969
17 Brazil (1 of 3), 1966-1972
18 Brazil (2 of 3), 1966-1972
19 Brazil (3 of 3), 1966-1972
110 Canada (1 of 3), 1966-1968
111 Canada (2 of 3), 1966-1968
112 Canada (3 of 3), 1966-1968
113 Canada, 1971-1974
114 Chile, 1966-1967
115 Columbia (1 of 2), 1966-1969
116 Columbia (2 of 2), 1966-1969
boxfolder
21 Costa Rica, 1966-1967
22 Czechoslovakia, 1966-1967
23 Denmark, 1966-1967
24 Ecuador, 1966-1967
25 France (1 of 2), 1966-1967
26 France (2 of 2), 1966-1967
27 Germany (1 of 10), 1966-1968
28 Germany (2 of 10), 1966-1968
29 Germany (3 of 10), 1966-1968
210 Germany (4 of 10), 1966-1968
211 Germany (5 of 10), 1966-1968
212 Germany (6 of 10), 1966-1968
213 Germany (7 of 10), 1966-1968
214 Germany (8 of 10), 1966-1968
boxfolder
31 Germany (9 of 10), 1966-1968
32 Germany (10 of 10), 1966-1968
33 Germany, 1970-1971
34 Greece, 1967-1968
35 Hungary, 1966-1969
36 India (1 of 29), 1966-1968
37 India (2 of 29), 1966-1968
38 India (3 of 29), 1966-1968
39 India (4 of 29), 1966-1968
310 India (5 of 29), 1966-1968
311 India (6 of 29), 1966-1968
312 India (7 of 29), 1966-1968
313 India (8 of 29), 1966-1968
314 India (9 of 29), 1966-1968
boxfolder
41 India (10 of 29), 1966-1968
42 India (11 of 29), 1966-1968
43 India (12 of 29), 1966-1968
44 India (13 of 29), 1966-1968
45 India (14 of 29), 1966-1968
46 India (15 of 29), 1966-1968
47 India (16 of 29), 1966-1968
48 India (17 of 29), 1966-1968
49 India (18 of 29), 1966-1968
410 India (19 of 29), 1966-1968
411 India (20 of 29), 1966-1968
412 India (21 of 29), 1966-1968
413 India (22 of 29), 1966-1968
414 India (23 of 29), 1966-1968
boxfolder
51 India (24 of 29), 1966-1968
52 India (25 of 29), 1966-1968
53 India (26 of 29), 1966-1968
54 India (27 of 29), 1966-1968
55 India (28 of 29), 1966-1968
56 India (29 of 29), 1966-1968
57 India, 1969-1971
58 Italy (1 of 3), 1966-1967
59 Italy (2 of 3), 1966-1967
510 Italy (3 of 3), 1966-1967
511 Mexico, 1966-1967
512 Mexico, 1968-1970
513 Norway, 1966-1967
514 Peru, 1966-1967
515 Philippines, 1967-1968
516 South Africa, 1966-1968
517 Sweden, 1966-1969
518 Switzerland, 1966-1967
519 Turkey, 1966-1968
520 United Kingdom (1 of 3), 1966-1968
521 United Kingdom (2 of 3), 1966-1968
522 United Kingdom (3 of 3), 1966-1968
523 United Kingdom, 1970
boxfolder
61 United States; A (1 of 3), 1966-1967
62 United States; A (2 of 3), 1966-1967
63 United States; A (3 of 3), 1966-1967
64 United States; A, 1969-1971
65 United States; B (1 of 6), 1966-1968
66 United States; B (2 of 6), 1966-1968
67 United States; B (3 of 6), 1966-1968
68 United States; B (4 of 6), 1966-1968
69 United States; B (5 of 6), 1966-1968
610 United States; B (6 of 6), 1966-1968
611 United States; B, 1969-1975
612 United States; C (1 of 10), 1966-1968
613 United States; C (2 of 10), 1966-1968
614 United States; C (3 of 10), 1966-1968
615 United States; C (4 of 10), 1966-1968
616 United States; C (5 of 10), 1966-1968
boxfolder
71 United States; C (6 of 10), 1966-1968
72 United States; C (7 of 10), 1966-1968
73 United States; C (8 of 10), 1966-1968
74 United States; C (9 of 10), 1966-1968
75 United States; C (10 of 10), 1966-1968
76 United States; C (1 of 2), 1969-1976
77 United States; C (2 of 2), 1969-1976
78 United States; D (1 of 3), 1966-1968
79 United States; D (2 of 3), 1966-1968
710 United States; D (3 of 3), 1966-1968
711 United States; D, 1969-1971
712 United States; E (1 of 2), 1966-1968
713 United States; E (2 of 2), 1966-1968
714 United States; E, 1970-1971
715 United States; F (1 of 4), 1966-1968
boxfolder
81 United States; F (2 of 4), 1966-1968
82 United States; F (3 of 4), 1966-1968
83 United States; F (4 of 4), 1966-1968
84 United States; F, 1969-1971
85 United States; G (1 of 4), 1966-1968
86 United States; G (2 of 4), 1966-1968
87 United States; G (3 of 4), 1966-1968
88 United States; G (4 of 4), 1966-1968
89 United States; G, 1971-1973
810 United States; H (1 of 5), 1966-1968
811 United States; H (2 of 5), 1966-1968
812 United States; H (3 of 5), 1966-1968
813 United States; H (4 of 5), 1966-1968
814 United States; H (5 of 5), 1966-1968
815 United States; H, 1969-1973
816 United States; I, 1966-1967
817 United States; J (1 of 3), 1966-1968
boxfolder
91 United States; J (2 of 3), 1966-1968
92 United States; J (3 of 3), 1966-1968
93 United States; J, 1971-1974
94 United States; K (1 of 4), 1966-1968
95 United States; K (2 of 4), 1966-1968
96 United States; K (3 of 4), 1966-1968
97 United States; K (4 of 4), 1966-1968
98 United States; K, 1969-1972
99 United States; L (1 of 4), 1966-1968
910 United States; L (2 of 4), 1966-1968
911 United States; L (3 of 4), 1966-1968
912 United States; L (4 of 4), 1966-1968
913 United States; L, 1971
914 United States; M (1 of 9), 1966-1968
915 United States; M (2 of 9), 1966-1968
boxfolder
101 United States; M (3 of 9), 1966-1968
102 United States; M (4 of 9), 1966-1968
103 United States; M (5 of 9), 1966-1968
104 United States; M (6 of 9), 1966-1968
105 United States; M (7 of 9), 1966-1968
106 United States; M (8 of 9), 1966-1968
107 United States; M (9 of 9), 1966-1968
108 United States; M, 1969-1971
109 United States; N, 1968-1968
1010 United States; N, 1971
1011 United States; O, 1966-1967
1012 United States; O, 1969-1971
1013 United States; P (1 of 3), 1966-1968
1014 United States; P (2 of 3), 1966-1968
1015 United States; P (3 of 3), 1966-1968
1016 United States; P, 1970-1972
1017 United States; Q, 1966-1967
boxfolder
111 United States; R (1 of 7), 1966-1968
112 United States; R (2 of 7), 1966-1968
113 United States; R (3 of 7), 1966-1968
114 United States; R (4 of 7), 1966-1968
115 United States; R (5 of 7), 1966-1968
116 United States; R (6 of 7), 1966-1968
117 United States; R (7 of 7), 1966-1968
118 United States; R (1 of 2), 1969-1972
119 United States; R (2 of 2), 1969-1972
1110 United States; S (1 of 10), 1966-1968
1111 United States; S (2 of 10), 1966-1968
1112 United States; S (3 of 10), 1966-1968
1113 United States; S (4 of 10), 1966-1968
1114 United States; S (5 of 10), 1966-1968
boxfolder
121 United States; S (6 of 10), 1966-1968
122 United States; S (7 of 10), 1966-1968
123 United States; S (8 of 10), 1966-1968
124 United States; S (9 of 10), 1966-1968
125 United States; S (10 of 10), 1966-1968
126 United States; S (1 of 2), 1969-1972
127 United States; S (2 of 2), 1969-1972
128 United States; T (1 of 3), 1966-1968
129 United States; T (2 of 3), 1966-1968
1210 United States; T (3 of 3), 1966-1968
1211 United States; T, 1969-1978
1212 United States; U, 1967-1971
1213 United States; V, 1966-1967
1214 United States; V, 1970-1971
1215 United States; W (1 of 7), 1966-1968
1216 United States; W (2 of 7), 1966-1968
1217 United States; W (3 of 7), 1966-1968
boxfolder
131 United States; W (4 of 7), 1966-1968
132 United States; W (5 of 7), 1966-1968
133 United States; W (6 of 7), 1966-1968
134 United States; W (7 of 7), 1966-1968
135 United States; W, 1969-1975
136 United States; X, Y, 1966-1971
137 United States; Z, 1966-1971
138 United States; Anonymous (1 of 2), 1966-1967
139 United States; Anonymous (2 of 2), 1966-1967
1310 Venezuela, 1967-1969
1311 Vietnam, 1967
1312 Yugoslavia, 1966-1969
1313 Miscellaneous (1 of 2), 1966-1971
1314 Miscellaneous (2 of 2), 1966-1971
boxitem
141 Henry, Richard Eus Correspondence (1 of 3), 1967
142 Henry, Richard Eus Correspondence (2 of 3), 1967
143 Henry, Richard Eus Correspondence (3 of 3), 1967
144 Anonymous Correspondence on Wood Piece, undated
145 Kittinger, Kenneth C., Ph.D., News: A Discovery of the Mind Record Album, undated
146 McCullough, Forrest, Final Flight: A Dramatic Comparison to Death Record Album, 1965
147 Davis, Alvin W. Correspondence, undated
147 List of Correspondence by Country, undated
Series 2: Claimant Materials, 1966-1981
This series contains correspondence from applicants that were selected to testify for claim on the James Kidd estate by the Court of Maricopa County, Arizona. This series also contains final accounting and petition for final distribution materials and a List of claimants and petitioners that were created by the staff of Justice Robert Myers.
boxfolder
151 Correspondence (1 of 5), 1966-1979
152 Correspondence (2 of 5), 1966-1979
153 Correspondence (3 of 5), 1966-1979
154 Correspondence (4 of 5), 1966-1979
155 Correspondence (5 of 5), 1966-1979
156 Final Accounting and Petition for Final Distribution, 1967-1981
157 List of Claimants and Petitioners, 1967
Series 2: Press Clippings, 1966-1971
This series contains newspaper clippings and magazine articles from publications based worldwide documenting the Great Soul Trial and its proceedings.
boxfolder
158 1966-1971 (1 of 3),
159 1966-1971 (2 of 3),
1510 1966-1971 (3 of 3),
Series 4: Photographs, 1967
This series contains photographs of Justice Robert Meyers, his staff, and various claimants that testified during the Great Soul Trial.
boxfolder
1511 Photographs of Judge Myers, His Staff, and Various Claimants, 1967
Series 5: Publications, 1962-1970
This series contains monographs and pamphlets that were sent by individuals applying for claim on the James Kidd estate.
boxfolder
1512 Books, 1962-1970
1513 Books and Pamphlets, 1962-1970
Series 6: Audio Recordings, 1966-1967
This series contains aural documents on reel to reel tapes sent by individuals applying for claim on the James Kidd estate.
boxtape
161 Padd, Chief, 1967
162 Lynn, Rev. Walter, 1967
163 Thompson, G.E., 1967
164 Walters, Edith G., 1966
165 Collier, W.W., 1967