Overview

Title: Eileen J. Garrett Parapsychology Foundation collection
Call Number: Coll331
Creator: Garrett, Eileen J
Dates: 1930-2022
Size: 52 boxes (52 linear feet)
Language: English, Italian, French, and Spanish
Abstract: This collection contains monographs, Masters and PhD dissertations, presented research and papers from the Parapsychological Association, Society for Psychical Research, American Society for Psychical Research, and Parapsychology Foundation international conferences. Journals, audiovisual items, and archival materials are related to the study of dreams, altered states of consciousness, shamanism, religious practices, paranormal experiences and the study and work of psychics and mediums in a historical, psychological, and anthropological approach. Non-english language journals are primarily in Italian, French, Spanish and German.
Citation: Eileen J. Garrett Parapsychology Foundation collection, Collection 331, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).

Administrative/Biographical Note

The Parapsychology Foundation was founded in 1951 by trance medium, Eileen J. Garrett (1893-1970) and Republican congresswoman from Ohio, Frances P. Bolton (1885-1977) in order to fund the study of paranormal phenomena through academic and scientific research. It is one of the world’s largest research libraries and collections dedicated to the study of parapsychology and psychical research. Since 1951, the Parapsychology Foundation has funded hundreds of research projects and academics from across the world. The materials were assembled to support impartial scientific inquiry into psychical aspects of human nature such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and psychokinesis which were largely ignored by the academic community. After Garrett’s passing in 1970, her daughter, Eileen Coly, and granddaughter, Lisette Coly, also joined the organization in 1969. Since 2012, Lisette Coly serves as the current Foundation President with Garrett’s great-granddaughter, Anastasia Damalas, who serves as the Executive Director.


Provenance Information

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Accession MSS2022-04.

Processing Note

Collection was donated to Special Collections by Lisette Coly in August 2022.

Descriptive Rules Used

Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)

Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including PastPerfect.


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Finding Aids

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Access Conditions

This collection is open for research. There are no restricted materials.

Conditions Governing Reproductions and Use

Permission is required for all reproduction requests. Copyright is maintained by the creator.


Subject Headings

Creators

Bolton, Francis Payne Bingham, 1885-1977

Garrett, Eileen J. (Eileen Jeanette), 1893-1970

Subjects

American Society for Psychical Research.

Apparitions.

Clairvoyance.

Consciousness.

Extrasensory perception.

Ghosts.

Mediums.

Metaphysics.

Mysticism.

Occult.

Paranormal phenomena.

Parapsychological Association.

Parapsychology Foundation, New York.

Parapsychology.

Psychical research Psychics.

Psychics.

Psychokinesis.

Remote viewing (Parapsychology)

Rhine Research Center

Seances

Shamanism.

Society for Psychical Research (Great Britain)

Spiritualism.

Supernatural.

Survival.

Telepathy.

Trance

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