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Bill Guggenheim papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0105

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material for Bill and Judy Guggenheim's research on after-death communication as part of the ADC Project along with the writing, publishing, and promotion of their book Hello From Heaven!, from approximately 1974 through 2022. It also includes their research and manuscripts for a possible sequel, noted as ADC Project Book 2, that was never published.

The collection is composed of audio cassettes of ADC Interviews, printed transcriptions of those interviews, manuscripts for Hello From Heaven!, ADC Project management documents, contracts and publicity material for the ADC Project and Hello From Heaven!, documents pertaining to unpublished Book 2, VHS tapes of publicity and interviews for Hello From Heaven!, and various other documents gathered by Bill Guggenheim.

Dates

  • 1974-2022

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all users; no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Rights transferred to the University of West Georgia.

Biographical / Historical

William Guggenheim III (March 2, 1939 - May 20, 2023) was a pioneer in the field of After-Death Communication (ADC) experiences. He is considered to be the "father of ADC research" and has written and spoken on this subject for more than 25 years.

Guggenheim was a native of Long Island, New York City, and New Jersey. During his first 35 years, he was a stockbroker and a securities analyst on Wall Street.

In the mid-1970s, Guggenheim began studying spiritual teachings. He studied for a year with the Reverend Anne Gehman, a psychic, medium, healer, and teacher, who helped him expand his concept of reality. In 1977, he attended a five-day "Life, Death, and Transition Workshop" with Dr. Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross. It was at this workshop that he was exposed to experiences of after-death communication.

In 1988, he began researching after-death Communication (ADC). Not long after that, he and his former wife, Judy Guggenheim, founded The ADC Project to conduct the first in-depth research of After-Death Communications. During their seven years of research, they interviewed 2,000 people and collected more than 3,300 firsthand accounts from people who believed they had been contacted by a family member or friend who had died. They self-published 5,000 copies of Hello From Heaven! in October of 1995 and then got a contract with Bantam Books. Bantam Books published Hello From Heaven! in hardcover in April 1996. It was the first book published on the topic of after-death communication.

After Hello From Heaven! was published, Guggenheim spoke about after-death communications at numerous conferences and on television and radio shows.

Extent

32 Linear Feet (32 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

This collection contains records related to authors Bill Guggenheim and Judy Guggenheim, the ADC Project, and Hello from Heaven!. Materials include after-death communication research, interview transcripts, ADC Project files, and information pertaining to Hello From Heaven!. There are also audio-visual materials regarding research interviews and promotion of their ADC research and their book Hello from Heaven!.

Arrangement

The records are arranged in three series: I. Audio Cassettes-After-Death Communication (ADC) Interviews; II. Hello From Heaven!; and III. The ADC Project. Series I is arranged numerically based on Interview number. Series II is arranged in four categories: ADC Interview Transcripts used in Hello From Heaven!, ADC Interview Transcripts NOT used in Hello From Heaven!, Drafts of Hello From Heaven!, and Consent Forms and Permissions. Series III is in the original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to Special Collections by William Guggenheim III on August 16, 2022.

Separated Materials

Books that came as part of the collection were separated for cataloging. They can be found in the Ingram Library catalog by searching, "Bill Guggenheim." The exception are foreign language publications of Hello from Heaven which are maintained within the papers.

Title
Guide to the Bill Guggenheim Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Elizabeth Reeves and Catherine Hendricks
Date
March 1, 2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
This acquisition was generously supported by the Swann-Ryder Acquisitions and Collaborations fund.

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States