Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center
Another good digital library for the old literature is Hathi Trust Digital Library. According to the website: “HathiTrust began in 2008 as a collaboration of the universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository to archive and share their digitized collections. HathiTrust has quickly expanded to include additional partners . . . The initial focus of the partnership has been on preserving and providing access to digitized book and journal content from the partner library collections. This includes both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives. The partners aim to build a comprehensive archive of published literature from around the world . . . The primary community that HathiTrust serves are the members (faculty, students, and users) of its partners libraries, but the materials in HathiTrust are available to all to the extent permitted by law and contracts, providing the published record as a public good to users around the world.”
The library has many useful journals in different languages, among them: Annales des Sciences Psychiques, Annals of Psychical Science, L’Hermès: Journal du Magnétisme Animal, Journal du Magnétisme Animal, Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research, Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, Psychical Review, Revue Spirite, and Sphinx.
There are also many books about mesmerism, spiritualism and psychical research. More than other digital libraries, Hathi Trust has titles published after 1922. Here are some examples:
Allison, L.W. (1929). Leonard and Soule Experiments in Psychical Research: Also Experiments with Sanders, Brittain, Peters and Dowden. Boston: Boston Society for Psychic Research.
Bennett, E.N. (1927). Apollonius; or, The Present and Future of Psychical Research. New York: E. P. Dutton.
Carrington, H. (1937). The Psychic World. New York, G. P. Putnam’s Sons.
Chaney, R.G. (1946). Mediums and the Development of Mediumship. Eaton Rapids, MI: Psychic Books.
Cross, H.H.U. (1939). A Cavalcade of the Supernatural. New York, E. P. Dutton.
Dunninger, J. (1935). Inside the Medium’s Cabinet. New York: David Kemp.
Fodor, N. (1958). On the Trail of the Poltergeist. New York: Citadel Press.
Garland, H. (1936). Forty Years of Psychic Research. New York: Macmillan.
Hankey, M. (1963). James Hewat McKenzie: Pioneer of Psychical Research: A Personal Memoir. New York: Helix Press.
Holms, A.C. (1927). The Facts of Psychic Science and Philosophy. Jamaica, NY: Occult Press.
Lambert, H.C. (1928). A General Survey of Psychical Phenomena. New York: Knickerbocker Presss.
Loehr, F. (1959). The Power of Prayer on Plants. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
Morgan, S.R. (1950). Index to Psychic Science. Swathmore, PA: N.p.
Osborne, A.W. (1961). The Future is Now: The Significance of Precognition. New Hyde Park, NY: University Books.
Osis, K. (1961). Deathbed Observations by Physicians and Nurses (Parapsychological Monographs, No. 3). New York: Parapsychology Foundation.
Pratt, J.G., Rhine, J.B., Smith, B.M., Stuart, C.E., & Greenwood, J.A. (1940). Extra-Sensory Perception After Sixty Years: A Critical Appraisal of the Research in Extra-Sensory Perception. New York: Holt.
Prince, W.P. (1928). Noted Witnesses for Psychic Occurrences. Boston, MA: Boston Society for Psychic Research.
Prince, W.F. (1930). The Enchanted Boundary: Being a Survey of Negative Reactions to Claims of Psychic Phenomena, 1820-1930. Boston, MA: Boston Society for Psychic Research.
Rhine, J.B. (1935). Extra-Sensory Perception. Boston: Bruce Humphries.
Rhine, J.B., & Pratt, J.G. (1957). Parapsychology: Frontier Science of the Mind: A Survey of the Field, the Methods, and the Facts of ESP and PK Research. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas
Soal, S.G., & Bateman, F. (1954). Modern Experiments in Telepathy. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Taylor, W.G.L. (1936). Katie Fox, Epochmaking Medium and the Making of the Fox-Taylor Record. Boston: Bruce Humphries.
Thomas, J.F. (1937). Beyond Normal Cognition: An Evaluative and Methodological Study of the Mental Content of Certain Trance Phenomena. Boston: Bruce Humphries.
Walker, B. (Ed.). (1995). Out of the Ordinary: Folklore and the Supernatural. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press.
Walker, K. (1961). The Extrasensory Mind. New York: Emerson Books.
Warrick, F.W. (1939). Experiments in Psychics: Practical Studies in Direct Writing, Supernormal Photography and Other Phenomena, Mainly with Mrs. Ada Emma Deane. New York: Dutton.
Westwood, H. (1949). There is a Psychic World. New York: Crown.