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.
Collection was donated to Special Collections by Lisette Coly in August 2022.
Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)
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Bolton, Francis Payne Bingham, 1885-1977
Garrett, Eileen J. (Eileen Jeanette), 1893-1970
American Society for Psychical Research.
Parapsychology Foundation, New York.
Psychical research Psychics.
Remote viewing (Parapsychology)
Rhine Research Center
Society for Psychical Research (Great Britain)