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Reference Policy

The Edgar Cayce Foundation (the E.C.F.) is committed to making research materials available to users on equal terms of access. This is in accordance with the wishes of Edgar Cayce, the suggestions from the Readings, and the standard professional policy on access adopted jointly by the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association. Most collections held by the E.C.F. are unrestricted and open for research during operating hours; some collections are subject to restrictions designated by the records creator.

Historical Overview

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) has been called the ‘sleeping prophet,’ the ‘father of holistic medicine,’ and the ‘most documented psychic of the 20th century.’ For more than 40 years of his adult life, Cayce gave psychic “readings” to thousands of seekers while in an unconscious state, diagnosing illnesses and exploring spiritual topics. During Edgar Cayce’s lifetime, the records of the readings were his personal property. After his death, they became the property of his sons, Hugh Lynn Cayce and Edgar Evans Cayce, and his secretary, Gladys Davis Turner. In 1948, they became the property of the E.C.F.

In February 1948, the E.C.F. was chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia and provides permanent legal and physical custody of historical resources including:

In this light and per the purpose set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation of the E.C.F., the owner and custodian of the psychic readings given by Edgar Cayce and related Cayce material in its possession, the E.C.F. is committed to:

Copyright Ownership

The copies of the Edgar Cayce readings are copyrighted by the E.C.F. The first notice of copyright for the readings was in 1945. The entire set of readings and supplemental material was registered with the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress in 1971. The electronic version of the readings and supplemental material has been copyrighted since 1993 and with each new electronic version of the readings (including background, reports, and indexes). All new or modified material in these versions has been registered. By copyright law, the E.C.F. owns and holds the exclusive right to all its copyrighted material.


It is the responsibility of the E.C.F., as copyright holder of the Edgar Cayce readings, the background information, the follow-up reports associated with the Cayce readings and all related documentation, to balance a researcher’s need for access with the needs for confidentiality of persons whose activities and personal histories are reflected in the material. Consequently, access to and publication of some materials in the E.C.F. archival collection is subject to this policy. The Edgar Cayce Foundation recognizes that a living reading recipient, or if deceased, his/her living spouse or children, has a right to the privacy of his/her name and personal information. Therefore, the integrity with which we present the records upon request, approach access to the material and the potential publicizing of these names is an important extension of this premise. As such, the E.C.F. will attempt to contact and inform living recipients or their living direct descendants (spouse or child) of any request to view a case file and/or publicize the family name. The E.C.F. will document their responses in their respective files. The viewing of a case file and/or publication of an individual’s name is not guaranteed.


  1. Research Requests to View Case Files and/or Publicize Names of Deceased Reading Recipients:
  1. Research Requests to View Case Files and/or Publicize Names of Reading Recipients whose Life Status is Undocumented: