About the Edgar Cayce Foundation
During Edgar Cayce's lifetime, the records
of the readings were his personal property. After his death, they became
the property of his sons, Hugh Lynn Cayce and Edgar Evans Cayce, and his
secretary, Gladys Davis Turner. They were stored in the Cayce home and
office. In February 1948, the Edgar Cayce Foundation (E.C.F. or "the
Foundation") was chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide
sole permanent legal and physical custody of historical resources including:
- The Edgar Cayce readings themselves and various compilations of
extracts from the readings, including microfilm and electronic copies
of the readings.
- Related correspondence and records, such as original stenographer
notebooks, appointment books, research studies and reports on the
readings, indexes and inventories, reports of preservation activities,
photographs, sound and video recordings, etc.
- Correspondence, business papers, and files of Hugh Lynn Cayce, Gladys
Davis Turner, and other early staff members.
- Lectures and other writings by Edgar Cayce, Hugh Lynn Cayce, Gladys
Davis Turner, and other staff members and friends who have donated
their records to the Foundation.
- Other Edgar Cayce and Cayce Family papers, records, and memorabilia.
- Miscellaneous historical documents and materials that have been
given to or purchased by the Foundation, including unpublished book
- Author contracts and archival copies of most books and other materials
published by A.R.E. Press and the Edgar Cayce Foundation.
- Official historical and business records for the A.R.E., E.C.F.,
and Atlantic University.
Most of these archival records are now stored in
the A.R.E. Conference Center building in Virginia Beach. Historical, aging,
sensitive, and fragile materials are further protected within the Foundation
vault in that building. Microfilm copies of the original carbon copies
of the readings and related correspondence are stored in a climate-controlled
facility off premises. The primary responsibility of the Foundation is
the ongoing preservation, organization, and cataloging of the above archival
resources and others that may be added from time to time. Daily activities
- Responding to requests from members, authors, and other researchers
about information that may be available in the archives.
- Making minor corrections to the master electronic file of the Cayce
readings as they are identified by users of the available versions
(e.g., the current CD-ROMs). Many of these errors were made when readings
were retyped years ago.
- Reviewing requests from authors, videographers, film producers,
and publishers for using quotations from the readings in new material,
and granting appropriate permission within current guidelines (see Copyright
Permission Policy). Such new products may be subsequently
reviewed to insure accuracy of quotation and permission notice and
appropriateness of context.
- Reviewing requests from the same categories of individuals for use
of historical photographs, sound and video recordings in the archives,
and other historical artifacts, symbols, and images; locating and
providing appropriate copies or temporary loans of requested material;
reviewing for appropriateness of use and permission notice.
- Producing Research Bulletins and other reports and compilations
based on the Cayce information and the historical records. For example:
- A series of Medical Research Bulletins for reference by physicians
and other health care professionals on specific conditions treated
on the basis of Cayce readings information.
- Special Research Bulletins reporting analyses of unique information
in large numbers of readings, e.g., the life readings for children,
and the readings describing past lives during the Crusades.
- Reports of special studies such as attempting to verify details
of past life readings; historical summary of the "provenance"
of the Cayce readings themselves over the past 100 years; etc.
- Developing new files and databases for increased effectiveness in
locating historical information about significant people, events,
When special funds are available from A.R.E. or
from donors to E.C.F., the Foundation may support research and development
projects such as:
- Collecting oral histories and other background information from
people who had readings and their families or had other close connections
to the Cayce work.
- Undertaking studies to verify past life information or other historical
details given in the readings.
- Undertaking special studies of unique readings-based products or
information, such as: the life seals and aura charts; the medical
treatment formulas, ingredients, and special equipment; archaeological
and historical sites.
Contributions to support such projects as well as
the ongoing work of the Foundation are always welcome and sincerely appreciated.
For more information about the Edgar Cayce Foundation or any of the above
activities, address e-mail inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call direct to: 757-457-7225 (Archives Coordinator) or 757-457-7204
(the Edgar Cayce Foundation).For policies and procedures regarding the
use of quotations from the Edgar Cayce readings in books, articles, etc., see Copyright Permission Policy.