Biography and History

Hereward Carrington was a well-known British investigator of psychic phenomena. Born in 1880, he joined the Society for Psychical Research in 1900, later working as assistant to James Hyslop with the American Society for Psychical Research until 1908. In 1921, Carrington was the American delegate to the first International Psychical Congress in Denmark. In the same year, he founded the American Psychical Institute and Laboratory, which operated for two years and was reconstituted in 1933 in New York City. His best known investigations were in the case of Mina Stinson Crandon ("Margery") in 1924 by the Committee of The Scientific American (Carrington, Harry Houdini, Malcolm Bird, William McDougall, Walter Franklin Prince, and Daniel Frost Comstock) and that of Eusapia Palladino in 1908.

Carrington's published works include The Physical Phenomena of Spiritualism (1907), Eusapia Palladino and her Phenomena (1909), and The Problems of Psychical Research (1914). Carrington died in 1959.

Source: From the finding aid for C1159

  • Hereward Carrington Papers. 1899-1973 (inclusive), 1908-1932 (bulk).

    Call Number: C1159

    Consists of papers of Hereward Carrington, a British spiritualist and investigator of psychic phenomena, including correspondence with other notable figures in his field, photographs of mediums and psychic phenomena, several manuscripts, and two diaries.