University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

An enlargement from a wide-angle photograph of the medium, Mary Marshall, with the second teleplasmic materialization to feature the face of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle attached to her face during a seance at the home of Dr. Thomas Glendenning Hamilton on June 27, 1932.

Description of your institution:

Name of institution: University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Mailing address: Room #330, Elizabeth Dafoe Library (Fort Garry Campus), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
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Description of how and when your institution started acquiring archival, library or artifact collections relating to parapsychology:

The T.G. Hamilton Family fonds is the most prominent and first collection related this subject. It was donated by T.G. Hamilton and Lillian Hamilton’s daughter, Margaret Hamilton Bach to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in multiple installments between 1979 and 1986. Since its donation to the University, other corroborating archival records have been donated to the Archives by both T.G.’s and Lillian’s sides of the family. Other collections/fonds followed. Here is an archival description of the fonds:

Title: Hamilton Family fonds; Dates: 1920-1944; Extent: 2.5 m of textual and other records; Textual Records: 1.44 m (12 hollinger boxes); Photographs: 2,681. All negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives, and vintage positive prints originally made from the photographic negatives have been retained with the written records of the experiments they illustrate. Description: the fonds is primarily related to T.G., Lillian, and Margaret Hamilton’s investigations of psychic phenomena spanning the years 1920 to 1944. The subject matter of the records includes rappings, clairvoyance, trance states and trance charts, telekinesis, wax molds, bell-ringing, transcripts and visions, as well as teleplasmic manifestations. The records include scrapbooks, séance attendance records and registers, affidavits, automatic writings, correspondence, speeches and lectures, news clippings, journal articles, books, photographs, glass plate negatives and positives, prints, slides, tapes, manuscripts, and promotional materials related to major publications.

Your main collections in the field, including the names of prominent creators:

Peter Aykroyd; Debra Barr and Walter Meyer zu Erpen; Calgary First Spiritualist Church; O. Jim Ellis (Leslie Flint); Walter D. Falk; Joe Fisher; H.A.V. Green; Janet Grushon; Janice Hamilton; Alexander Imich; Stanley Krippner; Hannah Mary MacPherson; William T. Metzger; Mary Olga Park; Howard Reed; Survival Research Institute of Canada; Eileen Sykes; and the Winnipeg Spiritualist Church.

Your collections page relating to parapsychology holdings:


Rare books:

Any relevant external websites of prominent creators of your holdings:

T. G. Hamilton.

Stanley Krippner.–bibliography.html

Walter D. Falk (videos).

Published works created using your parapsychology collections, including books, plays, artwork, both non-fiction and fiction:

Using the T.G. Hamilton Family fonds:

Aykroyd, Peter (with Angela Narth). A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Seances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters. New York: Rodale Press, 2009.

Bronson, A.A., and Peter Hobbs. Queer Spirits. [New York]: Creative Time, 2011.

Chéroux, C. and A. Fischer, et al. Le Troisième Oeil: La photographie et l’occulte. Paris: Gallimard, 2004; English edition published as The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Cornwell, Peter. A Haunting in Connecticut. (feature film, 2009).

Gray, Carolyn. The Elm Street Visitation. Winnipeg: Scirocco Drama, 2007. (A play presented by Manitoba Theatre Projects).

Hübner, Brian. “The Ghostly Shadow” in the Archives: Creating and Recreating the Hamilton Family fonds at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.” University of Amsterdam, draft PhD dissertation, 2018. 1

Jones, Esyllt. “Spectral Influenza: T.G. and Lillian Hamilton, Interwar Spiritualism, and Pandemic Disease.” In Epidemic Encounters: New Interpretations of Pandemic Influenza in Canada, 1918-1920, edited by Esyllt Jones and Magda Fahrni, 193-221. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2012.

Maddin, Guy. My Winnipeg. (feature film, 2007).

MacWilliam, Susan. F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N. (short film, 2009) and Remote Viewing. London, England: Black Dog Publications, 2008.

McMullin, Stan. Anatomy of a Séance: A History of Spirit Communication in Central Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004.

Nickels, James B. “Psychic Research in a Winnipeg Family: Reminiscences of Dr. Glen F. Hamilton.” Manitoba History 55 (June 2007): 51-60.

Rodin, A.E., A. Kerr, and J.D. Key. “Thomas Glen Hamilton MD FACS – Winnipeg Physician Politician and Spiritualist.” Manitoba Medicine, 60 no. 3 (1990): 121-24.

Penner, Christina. Widows of Hamilton House: a Novel. Winnipeg: Enfield & Wizenty, 2008.

Robertson, Beth A. “Feminine Apparitions and Other Ghostly Teleplasm: Contesting and Constructing Womanliness in the Séances of Dr. T.G. Hamilton 1918-1935.” In Spirit, Faith and Church: Women’s Experiences in the English-Speaking World, 17th-21st Century, edited by


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