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Ray D. Everson collection

Identifier: L295

Scope and Contents

This collection includes newsclippings, letters, photos, and novels from Ray D. Everson and Kenneth Roberts in Indiana ranging from 1917 to 1967 regarding water-witching.


  • 1917-1967


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.


Historical Note

Ray D. Everson was an editor for the Indiana Farmer's Guide magazine. He purportedly had a talent for water-witching, or dowsing as some people call it. Water-witching is "a strange power of grasping a fork of wood and locating water a hundred feet underground" (Water Lines,1940).

Kenneth Roberts was an author who wrote a novel about water-witching titled, The Seventh Sense, which is about his time with Henry Gross and how to use a dowsing rod.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Russell Williams on 1973/03/31.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/08/22 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/08/24 by Kori Nell.
Ray D. Everson collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.