Eileen J. Garrett Library

Eileen J. Garrett Library

Description of your institution:

Name of institution: Eileen J. Garrett Library
Mailing address: Parapsychology Foundation, PO Box 1562, New York, New York 10021
Physical address of library: 308 Front Street, Greenport, New York 11944 (open by appointment)
Email address: president@parapsychology.org
Website: www.parapsychology.org is our main website

Description of how and when your institution started acquiring archival, library or artifact collections relating to parapsychology:

From its inception in 1951, there has been active acquisition starting from the base of Eileen J. Garrett’s own collection. The library was professionally maintained, with a Dewey decimal system amended for our specialized terminology. Financial reverses in 2005 resulted in the library acquiring on a smaller scale the leading periodicals in the field as well as important monograph titles. The library has a cataloged audio-visual collection of 600 items, as well as rare book and periodical rooms.

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

In our early days George Zorab and Fraser Nicol canvassed Europe and the world over. Allan Angoff continued the tradition of actively searching for and acquiring small collections and we used various services such as Todd Pratum’s rare book service to find specific titles to fill in the collection’s wish list and “must haves.”

In recent years, we have received library collections from Rhea White, Frank Tribbe, Walter and Mary Jo Uphoff, Joseph H. Rush, and Martin Ebon, as well as a portion of Montague Ullman’s records as a participant in the Bindelof experimental group.

Finding aids for your main parapsychology collections:

Finding aids of many thematic bibliographies with call numbers prepared by Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado

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

Over the years, too many to count have used the library for their research and writing.

We have a collection of PhD theses.


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