Saturday, February 20, 2016   6:23 PM

The Society for Psychical Research's 134th Birthday

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

We are glad to see that the Society for Psychical Research, founded in London on February 20, 1882, is still around after 134 years. The SPR, I am happy to say, is still very useful to workers in psychical research providing publications, conferences and funding.

Below you will find a short bibliography of works about the early period of the Society that I hope will help readers to obtain information about this important organization.

Alvarado, C. S. (2002). Dissociation in Britain during the late nineteenth century: The Society for Psychical Research, 1882-1900.Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 3, 9-33

Bennett, E. T. (1903).The Society for Psychical Research: Its Rise & Progress & a Sketch of its Work. London: R. Brimley Johnson.

Cerullo, J. J. (1982). The Secularization of the Soul: Psychical Research in Modern Britain. Philadelphia: Institute for the Study of Human Issues. 

Gauld, A. (1968). The Founders of Psychical Research. London: Routledge & Paul.

Haynes, R. (1982). The Society for Psychical Research, 1882-1982: A History. London: Macdonald.

Nicol, F. (1972). The founders of the S.P.R. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 55, 341-367.

Rogo, D. S. (1987). The founders of the Society for Psychical Research: A retrospective look.Parapsychology Review, 18(4), 5-9.

Salter, W. H. (1948). The Society for Psychical Research: An Outline of its History. London: Society for Psychical Research.

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