Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

In a previous comment  I presented some examples of the journals and magazines available in the webpage of The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals , materials curated by Marc Demarest. More recently the same organization, has developed The Standard Spiritualist and Occult Corpus . It is described in their page as follows:

“The Standard Spiritualist and Occult Corpus (SSOC) is an open source text project, focused on book-length texts, in English, covering Spiritualism, the occult, New Thought and allied parasciences (mesmerism, magnetism, phrenology, alchemy, chiromancy and so forth) published between 1790 and 1940. Currently (Release 1.1) the SSOC consists of more than 2,200 book-length texts (more than 1 million pages) by over 300 authors, and includes many of the texts considered “classics” in Spiritualism and the occult. Every text in the SSOC is supplied, free of charge, in indexed PDF form, allowing it to be electronically stored, searched, printed and converted (to image, HTML or text). The outer, later bound of the corpus is limited by copyright law.

The intent behind this project is to provide, at low cost, a more or less complete document database of important primary book-length materials — again, in English, at present — to all academic and non-academic researchers, aficionados, and readers interested in Spiritualism, the occult and allied parasciences.”

Here are examples of some of the books available in the collection.

Adair, Viscount. [1859]. Experiences in Spiritualism with D.D. Home. London: Thomas Scott.

Alderson, J. (1823). An Essay on Apparitions (Rev. ed.). London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green.

Alexander, P.P. (1871). Spiritualism: A Narrative with a Discussion. Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo.

Alexander Spiritualism

Anonymous. (1790). A Plain and Rational Account of the Natura and Effects of Animal Magnetism. London: W. and J. Strafford.

Anonymous. (1808). The Theory of Dreams. (Vol. 1). London: F.C. and J.  Rivington.

Belden, L.W. (1834). An Account of Jane C. Rider, the Springfield Somnambulist. Springfield: G. and C. Merriam.

Belden Jane Rider

Buchanan, J. (1842). Sketches of Buchanan’s Discoveries in Neurology. Louisville: J. Eliot.

Cadwell, C. (1842). Facts in Mesmerism. Louisville, KY: Prentice and Weissinger.

Calmet, A. (1850. The Phantom World. Philadelphia: A. Hart.

Chase, W. (1867). The Gist of Spiritualism. Boston: William White.

Colquhoun, J.C. (1836). Isis Revelata: An Inquiry into the Origin, Progress, and Present State of Animal Magnetism  (Vol. 1). Edinburgh: McLachlan  and Stewart.

Colquhoun Isis Revelata

Cooper, R. (1867). Spiritual Experiences. London: Heywood.

Dailey, A.H. (1894). Mollie Fancher, The Brooklyn Enigma. Brooklyn, NY: Press of Eagle Book Printing Department.

Dupotet de Sennevoy, Baron. (1838). An Introduction to the Study of Animal Magnetism. London: Saunders & Oatley.

Durant, C.F. (1837). Exposition, or a New Theory of Animal Magnetism. New York: Wiley & Putnam.

Ferriar, J. (1813). An Essay Towards a Theory of Apparitions. London: Printed for Cadell and Davies by J. and J. Haddock, Warrington.

Ferriar Apparitions

Herring, C. (1833). A Concise View of the Rise and Progress of Homoepathic Medicine. Philadelphia: Hahnemannean Society.

Macnish, R. (1834). The Philosophy of Sleep (First American ed,). New York: D. Appleton.

Mais, C. (1814). The Surprising Case of Rachel Baker, Who Prays and Preaches in Her Sleep (2nd ed.). New York: Whiting and Watson.

Newnham, W. (1830). Essay on Superstition: Being an Inquiry into the Effects of Physical Influence on the Mind. London: J. Hatchard and Son.

Oliver, G. (1823). The Antiquities of Free-Masonry. London: G. and W.B. Whittaker.

Sargent, E. (1869). Planchette; or, the Despair of Science. Boston: Roberts Brothers.

Sargent Planchette

Sibly, E. (1826). A New and Complete Illustration of of the Celestial Science of Astrology. London: Printed by, and sold by the Proprietor.

Swedenborg, E. (1796). The Wisdom of the Angels Concerning the Divine Providence. Boston: Isiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews.

Taylor, J. (1815). Apparitions; or, the Mystery of Ghosts, Hobgoblins, and Haunted Houses, Developed (2nd ed.). London: Lackington, Allen & Co.

Tregotha, J. (n.d.). News from the Invisible World, or. Interesting Anectotes of the Dead. Burslem: J. Tregortha.

Young, L. (1842). The Entranced Female. London: T.M. Inchbold.

Young Entranced Female

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