British Society for Psychical Research (BSPR)
Also known as Society for Psychical Research (SPR).
Parent organization of the American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR), the Society for Psychical Research was founded in 1882 in London as an offshoot of the British National Association of Spiritualists, itself founded in 1873.
In January of 1882, a conference of persons interested in certain branches of enquiry, which, in their opinion, had not received adequate attention and investigation from the literary and scientific world, met in London. It was then and there that Professor W. F. Barret of Dublin urged the formation of a committee of scientific men to investigate and study the subjects of spiritualist and occult phenomena, thus initiating the Society's endeavors and research into the matter.
The BSPR has published Proceedings since its foundation. For the first half century of the Societys existence, its Proceedings offered a comprehensive view of psychical research.
The Society's Journal was first published from 1883 onward and until 1949 was available only to its members. A Combined Index to the Journal and the Proceedings is issued by the society.
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Sources: (1) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing; (2) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group; (3) Shepard, Leslie A and Melton, J. Gordon (Editors), Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Gale Group; (4) Society for Psychical Research (SPR).
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