Guide to the Chicagoland Psychic Archives

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Title: Chicagoland Psychic Archives
Date (inclusive): 1964-1985
Collection number: ARC Mss 9
Creator: Melton, J. Gordon.
Extent: 2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Abstract: A project started in 1975 at Institute for the Study of American Religions to gather materials relating to the large Chicago area community engaged in the study and practice of paranormal phenomena. The files contain newsletters, flyers and posters, newspaper articles, business cards, correspondence, promotional materials, and other relevant items.
Physical location: Annex 2
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

Access Restrictions

None.

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Preferred Citation

Chicagoland Psychic Archives. ARC Mss 9. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Gordon Melton, n.d.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Chicagoland Psychic Archives was a project started in the fall of 1975 at Dr. J. Gordon Melton's Institute for the Study of American Religions. The city of Chicago, Illinois was home to a large community engaged in the study and practice of paranormal phenomena, including psychics, astrologers, readers, mediums, graphologists, ghosthunters, and devotees of the occult, nonconventional healing, UFOs, and parapsychology. Assisted by psychic card reader David Techter, astrologer Elinor Jaksto, and others, Dr. Melton sought to compile whatever material was available to document this distinct subculture.
Although the "Chicagoland" psychic community reached as far as Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Gary, Indiana, the archive is limited primarily to individuals and organizations operating within Cook County, Illinois, and directly adjacent counties. The files contain newsletters, flyers and posters, newspaper articles, business cards, correspondence, promotional materials, and other relevant items.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  Individuals

Box 1: 1

Adams, Minerva Jewell

Box 1: 2

Ængria (Ann Wyman)

Box 1: 3

Alexander, Greta

Box 1: 4

Amdur, Shelley

Box 1: 5

Avalon, Madam

Box 1: 6

Mrs. Beatrice

Box 1: 7

Mrs. Bell

Box 1: 8

Berger, Ruth

Box 1: 9

Bettsy B.

Box 1: 10

Bishop, Rev. Sister

Box 1: 11

Brierty, Ambrose M.

Box 1: 12

Camellia, Sister

Box 1: 13

Coleman, Judith

Box 1: 14

Dargas, Dolores

Box 1: 15

DeLouise, Joseph

Box 1: 16

Deon

Box 1: 17

Doherty, Mary

Box 1: 18

Miss Donna

Box 1: 19

Dubiel, Robert

Box 1: 20

Dutton, Henry Y.

Box 1: 21

East, Alexandria

Box 1: 22

Esneit, Jahwer

Box 1: 23

Esser, Richard

Box 1: 24

Euthimiou, Christos

Box 1: 25

Eve, Sister

Box 1: 26

Fallucca, Linda

Box 1: 27

Fay, Sister

Box 1: 28

Fry, Kathleen

Box 1: 29

Gamble, Mary S.

Box 1: 30

Getsla, Karen

Box 1: 31

Madam Grace

Box 1: 32

Holmberg, Harry

Box 1: 33

Hughes, Irene

Box 1: 34

Ida, Sister

Box 1: 35

Joanna

Box 1: 36

Jonsson, Olof

Box 1: 37

Jorgenson, Thomas

Box 1: 38

Krawitz, Irene

Box 1: 39

Kurban, Michael J.

Box 1: 40

Lathrop, Homer R., III

Box 1: 41

Lauer, Lueth

Box 1: 42

Lee, Grace

Box 1: 43

Loe, Gerald

Box 1: 44

Macri, John

Box 1: 45

Madison, Vivian

Box 1: 46

Maria, Madam

Box 1: 47

Marie

Box 1: 48

McCloud, Georgia W.

Box 1: 49

McGregor, Dennis

Box 1: 50

Mrs. Miller

Box 1: 51

Neal, Orchid E.

Box 1: 52

Nicksic, Katherine D.

Box 1: 53

Peters, Edd

Box 1: 54

Pinkston, Joseph

Box 1: 55

Redmond, Lilyan J.

Box 1: 56

Resch, Tina

Box 1: 57

Richardson, Clarence

Box 1: 58

Rizer, Arden C., Jr.

Box 1: 59

Rizer, Jane M.

Box 1: 60

Schroeppel, Harold

Box 1: 61

Sonkin, Elaine

Box 1: 62

Spiro, Guy

Box 1: 63

Stevens, Leni

Box 1: 64

Swan, Ruth

Box 1: 65

Warmoth, Ron

Box 1: 66

Wayne, Gary

Box 1: 67

Williams, Charles J.

Box 1: 68

Wilson, Sheldon B.

Box 1: 69

Wylie, Grant

Box 1: 70

Zaeske, Michael R.

Box 1: 71

Miscellaneous

 

Series 2.  Organizations

Box 1: 72

Academy of Hypnosis and Parasychology

Box 1: 73

Alpha & Omega School of Christian Spiritual Education

Box 1: 74

Alpha Star

Box 1: 75

Alpha-Genic Institute

Box 1: 76

American Natural Hygiene Society

Box 1: 77

Anakar

Box 1: 78

Aquarian Awakening

Box 1: 79

Aquarian Fellowship

Box 1: 80

ARCHE International

Box 1: 81

Arcturus 23

Box 1: 82

Association for Research and Enlightenment

Box 1: 83

Astro-Date

Box 1: 84

Astrologers' Medium

Box 1: 85

Awarehouse

Box 1: 86

Biocentric Institute

Box 1: 87

Bio-Cosmic Foundation

Box 1: 88

Capstone

Box 1: 89

Center for Creative Consciousness

Box 1: 90

Center for Ethical Hypnosis

Box 1: 91

C.G. Jung Center

Box 1: 92

Chicago Counseling & Psychotherapy Center

Box 1: 93

Chicago Psychic Center

Box 1: 94

Chicago Psychic Scenes

Box 1: 95

Chinese Cultural Academy

Box 1: 96

Circle of Light

Box 1: 97

Common Ground

Box 1: 98

Conscious Development

Box 1: 99

Creativity Center

Box 1: 100

Crystal & Fire Collective

Box 1: 101

Cycles

Box 1: 102

Discovery Center

Box 1: 103

Doma, Inc.

Box 1: 104

ESP Interest Group of North Shore Unitarian Church

Box 1: 105

ESP Parties & Enterprises

Box 1: 106

Exist #1

Box 1: 107

Experiential Training Center

Box 1: 108

Fate Magazine

Box 1: 109

Governors State University

Box 1: 110

The Group

Box 1: 111

Happening 75

Box 1: 112

Haven Center

Box 1: 113

Holistic Living Center

Box 1: 114

House of Sagittarius

Box 1: 115

Human Unity Conference

Box 1: 116

Hyperactive Children's Institute

Box 1: 117

Hypno-News of Chicagoland

Box 1: 118

Hypnosis Counseling & Training Center

Box 1: 119

Idea, Inc.

Box 1: 120

Illinois Center for Parapsychological Research

Box 1: 121

Illinois Society for Psychic Research

Box 1: 122

Inscape

Box 1: 123

Institute for Advanced Perception

Box 1: 124

Institute for Psychodynamics and Origins of Mind

Box 1: 125

Institute for the Advancement of Psychoenergetics and Noetics

Box 1: 126

Institute for Wholistic Development

Box 1: 127

Institute of Crystal Truths

Box 1: 128

Institute of Esoteric Sciences

Box 1: 129

Institute of Mind Development

Box 1: 130

Institute of Psychic Awareness

Box 1: 131

Institute of Regeneration

Box 1: 132

International Psychic Center

Box 1: 133

International Shinsundo Association for World Peace

Box 1: 134

Interplay Seminars

Box 1: 135

ISIS

Box 1: 136

Isis Rising

Box 1: 137

J & M Enterprises

Box 1: 138

Kopp Center for Continuing Education

Box 1: 139

Kwen Family Institute

Box 1: 140

Learning Annex

Box 1: 141

Life Crisis Center

Box 1: 142

Lotus Temple

Box 1: 143

Magus Institute

Box 1: 144

Meta Monthly

Box 1: 145

Midwest Astrological Association

Box 1: 146

Midwest Center for the Study of Oriental Medicine

Box 1: 148

Mid-West Hypnosis Convention

Box 1: 149

Midwest Psi Research Institute

Box 2: 1

Midwest Psychic News

Box 2: 2

Millennium Books

Box 2: 3

Mind Center

Box 2: 4

Mind Frontiers

Box 2: 5

Motivation Development Centre

Box 2: 6

Mundelein College

Box 2: 7

Mystic Eye

Box 2: 8

National Astrological Society

Box 2: 9

National Council for Geocosmic Research

Box 2: 10

Nelson-Hall Publishers

Box 2: 11

New Age Chicago

Box 2: 12

New Age Psychic Center

Box 2: 13

New World Resource Center

Box 2: 14

Oasis Center

Box 2: 15

Old Astrologer's Shop

Box 2: 16

Para Dimensions

Box 2: 17

Paradigms – Mega Trends

Box 2: 18

Parapsychological Metaphysical Association

Box 2: 19

Parascience Institute

Box 2: 20

Pathways to Awareness

Box 2: 21

Pinschap

Box 2: 22

Pleiades

Box 2: 23

Positive Mental Attitude Rallies

Box 2: 24

Professional Psychics United

Box 2: 25

Programs Unlimited

Box 2: 26

Psychic Encounters Festival

Box 2: 27

Psychic Expo '79

Box 2: 28

Psychic International Research Association

Box 2: 29

Psychic Research Foundation

Box 2: 30

Psychic Science Institute

Box 2: 31

Psycho-Occult Institute of Business Success

Box 2: 32

Public Institute for Psychic Research

Box 2: 33

Reality Communication

Box 2: 34

Redman Center

Box 2: 35

St. Mark's Spiritual Aid Association

Box 2: 36

School of Metaphysics

Box 2: 37

Scudder Methods

Box 2: 38

Serendipity Association

Box 2: 39

Silva Mind Control Center

Box 2: 40

Society of Psychic Awareness and Research

Box 2: 41

Solarius

Box 2: 42

Sunergos

Box 2: 43

Tree of Knowledge

Box 2: 44

Turning Point Trainings

Box 2: 45

Universal Hypnotic Occult Group Association

Box 2: 46

Universal Mind

Box 2: 47

Universal Perspectives

Box 2: 48

Universal Teachings

Box 2: 49

Universal Truth Astrology and Spiritual Center

Box 2: 50

Well Being Center

Box 2: 51

Whole Earth Store

Box 2: 52

Winnetka Imagineering Expo

Box 2: 53

Miscellaneous

 

Series 3.  Subject Files

Box 2: 54

Alternative Religions

Box 2: 55

Ghosts & Ghost Hunters

Box 2: 56

Hypnosis

Box 2: 57

Psychic Fairs & Seminars

Box 2: 58

Theosophy

Box 2: 59

Yoga

 

Series 4.  Miscellaneous

Box 2: 60

Clippings