Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D., Atlantic University
Here are two further examples of virtual libraries with holdings about psychic phenomena. The first one has materials in English, while the second one has materials in French.
Making of America (http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moa/)
The project is described as follows: “The Cornell University Library Making of America Collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.”
“The Making of America collection comprises the digitized pages of books and journals. This system allows you to view scanned images of the actual pages of the 19th century texts. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has been performed on the images to enhance searching and accessing the texts.”
Beecher, C. (1853). A Review of the “Spiritual Manifestations.” New York: G.P. Putnam.
Berg, J.F. (1853). Spirit Rappings a Fraud. Philadelphia: W.S. Young.
Britten, E.H. (1870). Modern American Spiritualism. New York: Author.
Cahagnet, L.A. (1851). The Celestial Telegraph. New York: J.S. Redfield.
Hare, R. (1855). Experimental Investigations of the Spirit Manifestations. New York:Partridge & Brittan.
Home, D.D. (1864). Incidents in My Life. New York: A.J. Davis.
Howitt, W. (1863). The History of the Supernatural in All Ages and Nations (2 vols.). Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott.
Mahan, A. (1855). Modern Mysteries Explained and Exposed. Boston: J.P. Jewett.
Mayo, H. (1852). Popular Superstitions, and the Truth Contained Therein, with an Account of Mesmerism (from the 3rd London ed.). Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston.
Owen, R.D. (1872). The Debatable Land between this World and the Next. New York: G.W. Carleton.
Robert Dale Owen
George M. Beard
Beard, G.M. (1879). The delusions of clairvoyance. Scribner’s Monthly, 18, 433-440.
Buckeley, J.M. (1889). Presentiments, visions, and apparitions. Century, 38, 453-467.
Frothingham, O.B. (1890). Some aspects of psychical research. Atlantic Monthly, 66, 203–207.
Hammond, W.A. (1870). The physics and physiology of Spiritualism. North American Review, 110, 233-260.
Jastrow, J. (1889). The problems of “psychic research.” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, 79, 76-82.
(1853). Modern “Spiritualism.” Putnam’s monthly Magazine of American Literature, Science, and Art, 1, 59-64.
Owen, R.D. (1864). The electric girl of La Perrière. Atlantic Monthly, 14, 284-292.
Thompson, J.P. (1860). Are the phenomena of spiritualism supernatural? New Englander and Yale Review, 18, 381-411.
L’Encyclopedia Spirite (http://www.spiritisme.net/)
This project, hosted by the French Speaking Spiritist Union, presents general information about spiritism. In addition, it offers electronic versions of French spiritistic literature. The books are plain text versions prepared by the Union, and many of them do not have a publication date. The dates included below are those of the original books. The site also has many issues of the Revue Spirite and the Revue Scientifique et Morale du Spiritisme.
Aksakof, A. (1895). Animisme et Spiritisme. Paris: P.G. Leymarie.
Bozzano, E. (1934). La Médiumnite Polyglote (Xénoglossie). Paris: Bibliothèque de Philosophie Spiritualiste Moderne et des Sciences Psychiques.
Denis, L. (1911). Dans l’Invisible. Paris: Librairie des Sciences Psychiques.
Delanne, G. (1909, 1911). Les Apparitions Matérialisées des Vivants et des Morts (2 vols.). Paris: Leymarie.
Kardec, A. (1860). Le Livre des Esprits. Paris: Didier.
Examples of Articles in the Revue Spirite
Bonnemere, E. (1881). Le magnétisme devant la justice. 24, 113-120.
Cornilleau, J. (1880). Matérialisations, esprits dessinateurs, au Mans. 23, 22-25.
(1858). Différentes natures de manifestations. 1, 6-8.
(1861). Essai sur la théorie des hallucination. 4. 193-198.
(1865). Les frères Davenport. 9, 311-321.
Malm, Mme. (1881). Transport de meubles, chez Marguerite Bitch. 24, 135.
(1867). Les médicins-médiums. 10, 299-302.
(1885). Of Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research. 28, 40–46.
(1858). Théorie de manifestations physiques, 1, 121-125, 149-153.
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