The Society for Psychical Research

31 Tavistock Square, London, W.G. i OBJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
ORIGIN AND PURPOSE

THE Society for Psychical Research was founded in 1882, by a group of scholars and scientists which included Professor Henry Sidgwick, Sir William Barrett, F.R.S., Frederic W. H. Myers, and Edmund Gurney. Its purpose was to make a systematic investigation of certain phenomena which appeared to be inexplicable on any generally recognized hypothesis. As a result of much painstaking inquiry, some of these contested matters have already been brought into the general scheme of organized knowledge. By investigation and experiment the Society continues to add to a wealth of data unique in its field. The Society's method has always been to approach its problems in a scientific manner, without prejudice or prepossession of any kind. It does not hold or express corporate views ; any opinions expressed in its publications are those of the authors alone. FIELD OF WORK The Society's work falls under the following main headings : Inquiry into the reality and nature of telepathy and all forms of paranormal cognition, by means of experiments and by collecting and analysing accounts of spontaneous cases which appear to be of this nature. Examination of the phenomena of mediumship, e.g. automatic writing, trance-speaking, alleged spirit communications, alleged movement of objects without contact, and other physical effects. Investigation of reports of any other phenomena which appear to be paranormal. Inquiry into both the theoretical and psychological aspects of the phenomena. The collection and dissemination of information and evidence bearing on these subjects. ACTIVITIES Meetings of the Society, for the reading and discussion of papers, are held at frequent intervals. Most meetings are open only to Members and their guests, but occasionally public (' General') meetings are held. The latter include the Myers Memorial Lectures which are delivered,

usually biennially, by speakers who have made notable contributions to thought or knowledge in psychical research. In the Society's Proceedings, which have been published since 1882, are printed full accounts of investigations and experiments (e.g. reports of Dr S. G. Seal's experiments in telepathy) and papers of an analytical or theoretical nature. The Journal, now published every two months, contains reports of spontaneous cases and experiments, special articles, the texts or summaries of some of the papers read at meetings of the Society, reviews of books and periodicals, and correspondence. Other publications include the Myers Memorial Lectures, a series of introductory booklets on various aspects of psychical research, reading lists of publications on psychical research, etc. The Society maintains a Library of books, pamphlets, and periodicals relating not only to psychical research, but also to psychology, philosophy, mysticism, hypnotism, and other subjects bearing on the Society's field of work. Many books and periodicals in foreign languages are included. The Society is always glad to receive reports of investigations and experiments from Members or from persons unconnected with the Society. These, if considered of sufficient interest and of adequate scientific standard, may be printed in the Proceedings or Journal. In order to facilitate research, monetary awards are available for reports of research and investigation which reach a standard approved by the Council and have not previously been published. The Society's officers also welcome information about cases which seem to call for investigation and, if asked, are glad to give advice or assistance. The Society has special equipment for carrying out experiments with mediums and for other forms of experimental research.
MEMBERSHIP

The Council think it desirable to quote a Note which appeared on the first page of the original Constitution of the Society, and still holds good : ' To prevent misconception, it is here expressly stated that membership of the Society does not imply the acceptance of any particular explanation of the phenomena investigated, or any belief as to the operation, in the physical world, of forces other than those recognized by physical science.' All Members are elected by the Council. Every candidate is required either (a) to be proposed and seconded by two Members, or (b) to supply the names of two responsible persons willing to support his application. Subscriptions MEMBERS subscribe two guineas (in the United States1, ten dollars) annually, or make a single payment of twenty guineas (one hundred dollars) for Life Membership. Students at Universities or other persons between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five may become STUDENT ASSOCIATES.2 A Student Associate subscribes one guinea (in the United States, five dollars) annually.
1 The Society's agents in the United States for membership subscriptions and for the Proceedings and Journal are The F. W. Faxon Co., 93 Francis Street, Boston, Mass. 8 On reaching the age of 25 Student Associates may become Members or Life Members without further formality, on paying the appropriate subscription.

These subscriptions have remained unaltered since the foundation of the Society. In order that membership may be within reach of all who are able to contribute to the Society's work, they have not been raised, despite very greatly increased costs. They are, however, regarded as minimum subscriptions, and all who can do so are asked to make an additional annual donation of one guinea or more towards the furtherance of the Society's objects. All subscriptions become payable immediately upon election, and subsequently on the first day of January in each year. The subscription for a Member elected on or after i October is accepted as for the following year. The Articles of Association require that notice of resignation shall be given in writing to the Secretary. Any Member who resigns is, however, liable for any subscriptions which are then unpaid. Notice of resignation should be given before 31 December if liability for the subscription for the following year is to be avoided.
Privileges of Membership

Members are eligible to any of the offices of the Society, and have the right of voting in the election of the Council and at all meetings. They receive a free copy of every issue of the Proceedings and the Journal and of all other publications issued by the Society. They may use Library books in the Society's rooms and may have them on loan ; they may also have Library books sent to them by post. They are entitled to attend all the Meetings of the Society and (on application to the Secretary) to bring one guest to each meeting. They may purchase back numbers or additional copies of the current issues of the Proceedings and Journal at half the price at which they are sold to the public, and extra copies of certain other publications at reduced rates. Each Member receives on election, in addition to current publications, a leaflet containing some general ' Notes for Investigators and Experimenters '. He may also obtain gratis, on application, a reading list Psychical Research : A Selective Guide to Publications in English and a pamphlet Hints on Sitting with Mediums. A Member wishing to carry out research, whether on his own or with a group, will receive every encouragement from the officers of the Society.

NOTE
While the Society stands in special relationship with the American Society for Psychical Research and with undergraduate societies in certain Universities in Great Britain, the Council feel it advisable to state that the S.P.R. is in no way connected with any other societies with titles similar to its own.

O F F I C E R S AND C O U N C I L FOR 1952
President GILBERT MURRAY, O.M., LL.D., Litt.D., F.B.A. Vice-Presidents GILBERT MURRAY, O.M., LL.D., Litt.D., F.B.A.

L. P. JACKS, LL.D., D.D. SIR LAWRENCE J. JONES, Bart.

Council PROFESSOR C. D. BROAD, Litt.D., F.B.A. DENYS PARSONS PROFESSOR E. R. DODDS, D.Litt., F.B.A. PROFESSOR HENRY HABBERLEY PRICE, F.B.A. G. W. FISK W. H. SALTER MRS OLIVER GATTY MRS W. H. SALTER THE HON. MRS C. H. GAY S. G. SOAL, D.Sc. MRS K. M. GOLDNEY, M.B.E. PROFESSOR F. J. M. STRATTON, F.R.S. PROFESSOR A. C. HARDY, F.R.S. ADMIRAL THE HON A. C. STRUTT, R.N. MRS FRANK HEYWOOD THE REV C. DRAYTON THOMAS LORD CHARLES HOPE ROBERT H. THOULESS, Ph.D. Miss INA JEPHSON G. N. M. TYRRELL G. W. LAMBERT, C.B. D.J. WEST, M.B., Ch.B. J. FRASER NICOL R. WILSON, D.Phil. EDWARD OSBORN Honorary Members COUNT PEROVSKY-PETROVO-SOLOVOVO

PROFESSOR R. A. FISHER, F.R.S.

Hon. Secretaries : W. H. SALTER, DENYS PARSONS Hon. Treasurer : ADMIRAL THE HON A. C. STRUTT, R.N. Hon. Editor of' Proceedings ' : MRS W. H. SALTER Editor of' Journal' : EDWARD OSBORN Hon. Investigation Officer (E.S.P.~): DR D.J. WEST Secretary : Miss E. M. HORSELL Organizing Secretary : MRS K. M. GOLDNEY, M.B.E.

FORMER PRESIDENTS OF THE SOCIETY
PROFESSOR HENRY SIDOWICK - 1882-4 PROFESSOR BALFOUR STEWART, F.R.S. 1885-7 PROFESSOR HENRY SIDGWICK - 1888-92 THE EARL OF BALFOUR, K.G., O.M. 1893 PROFESSOR WILLIAM JAMES - 1894-5 SIR WILLIAM CROOKES, O.M., F.R.S. 1896-9 FREDERIC W. H. MYERS 1900 SIR OLIVER LODGE, F.R.S. - 1901-3 SIR WILLIAM BARRETT, F.R.S. 1904 PROFESSOR CHARLES RICHET 1905 THE RIGHT HON G. W. BALFOUR 1906-7 MRS HENRY SIDGWICK - 1908-9 H. ARTHUR SMITH 1910 ANDREW LANG 1911 THE RT REV. BISHOP W. BOYD CARPENTER, D.D. 1912 PROFESSOR HENRI BERGSON 1913 F. C. S. SCHILLER, D.Sc. 1914 PROFESSOR GILBERT MURRAY, LL.D., LittD. - 1915-16 DR S. G. SOAL L. P. JACKS, LL.D., D.D. - 1917-18 LORD RAYLEIGH, O.M., F.R.S. 1919 W. McDouoALL, F.R.S., M.Sc., M.B. - 1920-1 T. W. MITCHELL, M.D. 1922 CAMILLE FLAMMARION 1923 J. G. PIDDINGTON 1924-5 PROFESSOR DR HANS DRIESCH - 1926-7 SIR LAWRENCE J. JONES, Bart - 1928-9 DR WALTER FRANKLIN PRINCE - 1930-1 MRS HENRY SIDGWICK (President"} of Honour) > 1932 SIR OLIVER LODGE, F.R.S. J THE HON MRS ALFRED LYTTELTON, G.B.E. --1933-4 PROFESSOR C. D. BROAD, Litt.D. 1935-6 LORD RAYLEIGH, F.R.S. - 1937-8 PROFESSOR H. H. PRICE - 1939-41 DR R. H. THOULESS . . . 1942-4 G. N. M. TYRRELL - 1945-6 W. H. SALTER 1947-8 PROFESSOR GARDNER MURPHY, Ph.D. 1949 - 1950-1
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