Kilton Riggs Stewart papers, 1902-1993

Overview of the Collection

Stewart, Kilton Riggs, 1902-1965
Kilton Riggs Stewart papers
1902-1993 (inclusive)
2 linear feet, (4 boxes)
Collection Number
ACCN 2824
The Kilton Riggs Stewart papers (1902-1993) consist of personal and professional materials. Kilton Riggs Stewart (1902-1965) was an anthropologist from the 1920s to the 1960s. He spent the majority of his career focused on the psychology of dreams for which he traveled around the world to do several field studies.
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University of Utah
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Kilton Riggs Stewart was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 29, 1902. He grew up and attended Franklin Elementary, Provo Jr. High, and Provo High school in Provo, Utah. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to French Canada then attended the University of Utah. He traveled between Honolulu, France, Japan, the Philippines and Hong Kong between 1928-1929. In 1931 he achieved a Masters in Psychology from the University of Utah. In the early 1930s Stewart traveled to Japan, the Philippines, and Malaya to do field work in the the study of dream psychology. In the late 1930s he spent time in India, Iran, England and France. In 1939, Hitler invaded Poland and Stewart was shipped home from France by the U.S. State Department. From 1940-1941, Stewart performed unlicensed psychotherapy in New York and was then drafted into the U.S. Army to help train prisoner of war interrogators, but was honorably discharged in 1943. He worked as a psychotherapist in New York until he moved to England where he completed a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the London School of Economics in 1948. Upon completing on his Ph.D. he became a New York State licensed phychotherapist and maintained offices in Philadephia and New York City. During the 1950s he associated with The Psychological Foundation later renamed the American Mental Health Foundation. He married his wife, Teri, in 1954 and they had a daughter named Pamela. In 1960 Kilton became ill and created a The Stewart Foundation of Creative Psychology. After hospitalization in 1965, Kilton Stewart died of Cancer on May 18, 1965.

Biographical information was obtained from Box 1, Folder 1, "Chronology of Life."

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Kilton Riggs Stewart papers (1902-1993) are divided into two parts. The first part, Personal Materials, contains biographical information, family and professional correspondence, included in this correspondence are letters from after Kilton's death to/from Omer Stewart and colleages about gathering information on Kilton's work to write a book. This section also contains quit claim deeds and his trust. The second part, Professional Materials, contains articles/news clippings written about Kilton Stewart, professional writings including his thesis for his Masters in Psychology, dissertation for his PhD in Anthropology, field notes, manuscripts that later went to publication, and publications of others that referenced Kilton Stewart's work.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is arranged into three series: Personal Materials and Correspondence, Professional Writings, and Publications Referencing Kilton Stewart Research. All Correspondence is separated by person (i.e. Correspondence with Omer Stewart) then chronologically within folders. Within each series folders and publications are arranged chonologically. In title and folder headings, Kilton Riggs Stewart is referred to as KRS.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Heather Stewart Dorrell, ancestor to Kilton Riggs Stewart, in 2014.

Processing Note

Processed by Chelsea Olsen in 2014.

Separated Materials

Photographs (including family photos and photos of Kilton Riggs Stewart travels) and film strips entitled "Vagabondage and Claudia Parsons, 1941" have been transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections.

Related Materials

See also the Omer Call Stewart papers (MS 0612). Omer Call Stewart was Kilton Riggs Stewart's brother who worked as an Anthropology professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal materials and correspondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Biographical materials
Box Folder
1 1
Chronology of life
1 2
Autobiography and obituary
Personal and professional correspondence
Box Folder
1 3
Personal/family correspondence
1 4
Family Correspondence, predominantly with Omer Stewart
1929-1948; 1954-1966
1 5
Corrresondence with Margaret Mead, Noone, and Bateson
1 6
Correspondence referencing KRS to/from Omer Stewart
1 7
Correspondence from Pamela (KRS' daughter) to Omer Stewart
1 8
Correspondence between Stephen de Schill and Omer Stewart referencing KRS
1 9
M.J. Kephard writings and correspondence about KRS
1980s, 1990
1 10
Affidavit and quit claim deed
1963, 1979
1 11

Professional materialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Professional writings
Box Folder
1 12
Articles and news clippings
2 1
Masters thesis, "Fear as a Prime Factor in the Origin of Religion"
Earned Masters of Psychology from University of Utah
2 2-3
"Journey of a Psychologist - An Autobiographical Essay"
2 4
Yami field notes
Records/daily entries of observations, stories, cultural traditions and rituals of the the Yami people in the Philippines.
2 5-6
"Tomorrow is Born" manuscript
3 1-3
Magigo-Religious Beliefs and Practises in Primitive Society - A Sociological Interpretation of their Therapeutic Aspects , dissertation
Written to obtain a Ph.D. in Anthropology earned at the London School of Economics, copyrighted by the University of London Library.
3 4
Articles and essays
  • "The Yami of Botel Tobago"
  • "Education and Split Personalties" from Mental Hygiene Volume XXVII , 1943
  • "Dream Theory in Malaya," 1951
  • "Culture and Personality in Two Primitive Groups," 1953
  • "Mental Hygiene and World Peace," 1954
  • "Creative Psychology and Dream Education," 1960
  • "The Dream Comes of Age," 1962
3 5
Bibliographies of articles by and about KRS
Assembled by Omer Stewart.
3 6
News articles about KRS
3 7
Writings similar to and referencing KRS research
Publications referencing KRS
These Publications contain references to Kilton Stewart and his work as an anthropologist. The small white pieces paper between the pages mark references to Kilton Riggs Stewart's work and should stay in place.
Box item
4 1
Altered States of Conscousness A Book of Readings , edited by Charles T. Tart
Referenced on page 115. "Dream Theory in Malaya" by KRS, page 159
4 2
Passages: a Gude for Pilgrims of the Mind , by Marianne S. Andersen and Lous M Savary
"A Source of Power" by KRS page 191. "The Universe of Dreams" by KRS page 192 "Integrating the Self" by KRS page 202
4 3
Powers of Mind , by Adam Smith
Referenced KRS on pages 211, 225, 394, 417.
4 1
The Mystique of Dreams: A study in the Sociology of Ideas , by WG. Willam Domhoff

Microfilm reelsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Microfilm negative of Ph.D. Thesis, Magigo-Religious Beliefs and Practices in Primitive Society…
Microfilm positive of Vagabondage by Claudia Parsons
Handwritten information on microfilm box: 1/2 about Kilton Stewart Omer C. Stewart Box 233 Department of Antropology, University of Colorado Boulder, 80309
Microfilm positive of Vagabondage by Claudia Parsons
Handwritten information on microfilm box: 1/2 about Kilton Stewart
Microfilm negative of Vagabondage by Claudia Parsons
Handwritten information on microfilm box: 1/2 about Kilton Stewart

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Anthropologists--United States
  • Dreams

Personal Names

  • Stewart, Kilton Riggs, 1902-1965--Archives