Beatrice Maud Hill Collection
Scope and Contents
The collection contains nine journals, eight of which was used by Beatrice to record psychic impressions. In particular, readings regarding her son serving in World War II. Two separate items from British lecturer and psychic Horace F. Leaf (1885-1971) are include with Leaf encouraging Beatrice to develop her psychic abilities.
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This collection is open for research.
Biographical or Historical Information
Beatrice Maud Simons was born October 15, 1885, England. She married Arthur Wesley Hill (1879-1944). Records show her only profession was of a housewife raising the Hill’s two children, Arthur Wesley “Wes” Jr. (1914-1971) and Albert Walter Stanley (1920-1989). Arthur Sr. and his brother Albert Rossini Hill (1873-1924) were in the confectionary business, for which the children did not continue.
Arthur Jr. served in World War II and was stationed in Malaya and Singapore. On February 15, 1942 Arthur Jr. is captured by the Japanese becoming a Prisoner of War. This must have weighed heavy on Beatrice and may have been the motivation behind seeking spiritual help. The likely first of these journals documenting psychic experiences is undated. The six journals that follow are dated January 25, 1943 to August 27, 1950. The journals appear to record those mediumistic sessions of others, not just Beatrice. Many of the pages alternate between Beatrice and Doris Thompson. Wesley is the primary focus of these sessions, but not exclusively. Some of these readings by others have been torn from similar notebooks and laid in, usually dealing with Wes suggesting these sessions were performed as a group. The last journal appears to be unrelated as it contains no readings and bares a date on the last page after Beatrice had transitioned. Included in this collection is a typed reading by Beatrice giving her impressions on a ring and a letter from Horace F. Leaf (1885-1971), a British journalist and psychic, commenting on said reading and encouraging her to develop her gifts. Unfortunately for Beatrice, she passes away a few months later on September 13, 1954.
Note written by Frost, Guy (1965-)
Arranged in two series. I. Correspondence and Psychic Reading. II. Journals
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