Accession GA445 - Thomas Lacey séance collection : 2019 accrual.

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Thomas Lacey séance collection : 2019 accrual.

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SCA258-GA445

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  • 1924-1961 (Creation)
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    Lacey, Thomas

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4 cm of textual records

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(1895-1966)

Biographical history

Thomas Lacey, a voice and trance medium, was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, England on November 4, 1895. Lacey immigrated to Canada in March 1923. Lacey began conducting séances in Hamilton and the Kitchener-Waterloo region in 1931 and continued throughout the 1960's. He rose to prominence in 1932 when he was noticed as a medium at Lily Dale in New York. A trumpet medium, Lacey would use the spirit of his brother Walter, who died at a young age, as a spirit guide and those at his séances experienced materializations and automatic writing. Thomas Lacey died on June 17, 1966 at age 70.

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The Thomas Lacey séance collection accrual includes several files of séance reports that contain details regarding the sitters involved in the séance circles and messages on various topics from spirits that communicated through the medium Thomas Lacey.

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Donated by Stan McMullin in 2019.

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  • English

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The séance reports contain language from the era in which they were written. Thomas Lacey was a white medium active from the 1930s to the 1960s. When communicating with or about spirits of people of colour, some séance reports contain racist wording, cultural references, and stereotypes that are no longer used or appropriate today. Records with racist content have been flagged at the file level.

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Described by SGL October 2020.
Reviewed by NM October 2020.

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  • English

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