Dear Friends of SRP,
As you know, in October of 2020 Mary asked me to follow through with getting her interviews and spreadsheets submitted to the Jane Roberts’ Papers Collection housed at Yale’s Sterling Library Archives. Since Mary passed December 10, 2020, I’ve been working on getting her research organized and in a format acceptable to Yale’s Sterling Library Archives. In the beginning I was quite overwhelmed with the size of the task ahead of me, which entailed proofreading 50 interview transcripts and comparing them to the audio recordings, plus the multitude of spreadsheets. They consist of various topics: people who knew Rob and Jane, a timeline of notable dates in their lives, a list of every session and where they are located and much more. In August 2022 I finally transmitted all of this research over to Yale.
While I feel good about having accomplished what Mary specifically asked of me, I also feel a bit of a loss because working on the interviews and spreadsheets was very enjoyable, informative and rewarding. Listening to all of the interviewees talk about their experiences with Jane and Rob brought me even closer to the whole Seth experience. Hopefully some day I’ll be able to share some of them with you.
As I’ve finally accomplished what Mary specifically asked me to do, I will now have more time to sift more deeply through the 120 gigabytes of digital information and the many cases of physical materials in my possession. I will continue to share new and interesting anecdotes, trivia and details about Seth and the lives of Jane and Rob. I’m still awed by the amount of information Mary gathered. It’s very obvious to me that Mary LOVED what she was doing and the amount of information she gathered was more than what one mere mortal could accomplish. But then… Mary was no mere mortal. You can see lists of Mary’s contributions to the Jane Roberts collection on this page. When you get there, you’ll see Series I, II and III in the right column. The list of interviews is under Series I. There’s also a little bio of Mary, and a never ending list of things she’d already submitted.
On another note, I’ve been gathering information to write a blog post about Jane’s father, Delmar Roberts. We’ve all read little bits about him, but I’ve been finding more details that are painting a pretty interesting picture. The next post after that will be about Jane’s mother Marie. Together these two posts will give more information about Jane’s background.
I’ve had to put Delmar aside for a little while as I’ve been in the process of a home sale and a cross country move. While this move has been in the works for nearly two years, things got really hairy in June and still haven’t let up. I’m really looking forward to settling into the new location and getting back to work!
PS In the process of finding more about Del, I came across something very interesting. Jane and Rob were (somewhat distantly) related! I’m not talking at the entity level here either… and I doubt they even knew about it. I will of course share the details when I send out my next blog post. Talk about cliffhangers, lol.
Happy holidays! Deb