Fonds Mss 424 (A04-29) - O. Jim Ellis fonds

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O. Jim Ellis fonds

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  • Sound recording

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CA UMASC Mss 424 (A04-29)

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  • 1960-1987 (Creation)
    Ellis, O. Jim
    Recorded by O. Jim Ellis
  • 1960-1987 (Creation)
    Flint, Leslie
    Performed by Leslie Flint

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2030 audio cassettes

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([19-?] - 2013)

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O. Jim Ellis was a researcher of the spiritualist and paranormal. Ellis spent six decades documenting the sittings of direct-voice medium Leslie Flint. Ellis passed away on September 17, 2013.

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Biographical history

Leslie Flint was one of Britain's most well know spiritualists. Born in 1911 Flint stated that he first encountered the dead at the age of eight when he saw the solid figure of his deceased uncle standing in his grandmother's kitchen. Later in life Flint utilized his gift as a direct-voice medium where the deceased would speak in their own voices from space just outside of Flint's body. Many people felt that celebrities and ordinary people alike spoke through Leslie Flint. Sittings were conducted in the dark ostensibly because Flint emitted ectoplasm which would form an "etheric voice-box" through which the dead would speak. Flint was tested repeatedly to verify the legitimacy of his performances. He held water in his mouth during seances, and made use of a throat microphone which demonstrated that no vibrations were emitted from his voice box to deny claims of ventriloquism. Flint died in 1994.

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The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by O. Jim Ellis in 2004.

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The fonds consists of 2030 audio cassettes of recorded seances conducted by direct voice medium Leslie Flint.

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  • English

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A small sampling of audio cassettes have been migrated for access purposes, digital files are available for researchers.

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The entirety of the collection can be accessed at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. However, we are unable to make copies available due to copyright restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

It is currently assumed that the Leslie Flint Educational Trust owns the copyright to these cassette recordings as Ellis sold the original reel to reels with their copyright to the Trust some years before this donation.

As of January 2020 the Leslie Flint Trust has provided permission to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections to provide copies of recordings to researchers.

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Created by Andrea Martin, July 2014

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  • English

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