Archives

Archives

Cambridge Archives

The archive held at the Cambridge University Library includes a very wide range of material, embracing alphabetical lists of mediums and investigations of mediumship, geographical alphabetical list of apparitions and poltergeists, accounts of ESP experiments, a comprehensive guide to alleged “time slips” (the Andrew MacKenzie Collection), as well as newspaper cuttings, photographic material and a number of objects, such as a cast of D.D. Home’s hand.  In addition to thousands of manuscripts, journals and letters, there is also a large collection of books. Catalogues of the archive are held at the libraries in Cambridge and London.  The effort of gaining entrance to the library is well worth the minor inconvenience .  Students and graduates of Cambridge University already hold a reader’s ticket, but a letter from either another university department or the SPR (please note that  this applies to SPR members only) usually allows access to the Manuscripts Room where a considerable amount of material can be viewed after it has been brought up from the vaults.  The procedure is as follows:

1.  Send a letter to the Manuscripts Room of the Cambridge University Library (West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR Website: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk .  Tel. 01223 333000), ideally with a covering letter from either a university or the SPR.
2.  Try to give a time and date when a visit is desired and to save time an idea of what material is to be scrutinised.
3.  Await a reply and then arrive at the library accordingly with covering letters.
4.  Bring only pencils and writing paper.  Cases etc. will have to be deposited in lockers.  For a first visit you may be taken to the Manuscripts Room or be directed there.
5.  Ask to see a catalogue of the SPR material or tell the person in charge (currently Peter Meadows) what you wish to see.
6.  Fill in a library slip and hand it to the desk for items to be collected for you.  (This may involve a wait at busy times.)
7.  Some photocopying may be available depending on the condition of the items scrutinised.