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These links are sample searches in the Duke Libraries catalog based on library subject headings related to women and parapsychology. You can limit by location to "Rubenstein Library" to focus on historical sources.
Selected manuscript collections from the Rubenstein Library with a focus on women's work in teh field of parapsychology. This is just a sample. There are other relevant manuscript sources to explore. Try searching the catalog with suggested subject terms (links in left sidebar) or consult with our librarians.
Louisa E. Rhine Papers, 1890-1983
The papers of Louisa E. Rhine span the years 1890 to 1983 and include journals, correspondence, writings, genealogical papers, notebooks, pictures, and miscellaneous papers relating principally to her work and research with her husband J.B. Rhine in the field of parapsychology, including the impact of this work on their personal and professional lives.
Gertrude Raffel Schmeidler Papers, 1943-1983
Chiefly research data which Schmeidler gathered through her work with psychology students at the City College of the City University of New York and her colleagues in the parapsychological field. Includes correspondence, writings, and research files. Reflected in much of the research is the work for which she is most notable, the development of the metaphor of sheep and goats. Also contained in the research are her studies of how various surroundings, physical conditions, and personality traits can affect extrasensory perception abilities, utilizing several methods, including Saul Rosenzweig's Picture Frustration Study and Rorschach inkblots.
Elizabeth A. McMahan Papers, 1926-2010 and undated
The collection contains correspondence and greeting cards, including correspondence with John Craig Wheeler (considered the father of “black holes” ) on parapsychology and its intersection with theoretical physics. McMahan was an entomologist (termite biology), psychologist, cartoonist, and writer of children's books.