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Clay Burton Vance astrology reading collection
MS 079  
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Description
The collection consists of correspondence and an astrological life reading created by Clay Burton Vance, a conman in the early 20th century who became well known internationally for selling false astrological readings. Vance, which was the pseudonym of Elmer Sidney Prather, would sell personal "Complete Life Readings" to people for a large fee, but provided them with a mass produced reading instead. Materials in the collection include a letter from Vance to a Miss E.B. Bell of Nunthorpe, England written in 1911, selling her the reading, as well as the actual "Complete Life Reading" for Miss Bell sent shortly thereafter.
Extent
0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Restrictions
Material is in the public domain. No restrictions on use.
Availability
This collection is unprocessed. Please contact Special Collections & University Archives regarding the availability of materials for research use.