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Guide to the R. A. (Robert A.) McConnell Papers, 1944-2000

Collection Overview

Collection (1996-0122) (11,500 items; 34.5 lin. ft.; 1944-1996) contains research materials in parapsychology spanning five decades; data and records from numerous parapsychology experiments (1947-1989); correspondence files, which include nearly all important scientists in the field (1944-1996); and various printed materials, among which are several boxes of “psychic healing” literature. Some papers document in great detail professional criticism, disputes, and controversies over several decades.

The addition (1997-0084) (3000 items; 6.0 lin. ft.; 1951-1991) includes research records (many having to do with funding for projects) and correspondence. Also includes copies of many of McConnell's publications (often two copies of each).

The addition (2000-0274) (3 items; 0.2 lin. ft.; 2000) to the collection contains a copy of McConnell's book Joyride to Infinity (2000), related items, and printouts of McConnell's website: www.ramcconnell.com. (No container list was created for this addition.)

The addition (2000-0431) (8 items; 0.1 lin. ft.; 2000) contains statements and articles by McConnell summing up his beliefs and positions on the existence of experimental phenomenon, the importance of parapsychology, and arguments against scientists who claim that parapsychological phenomena do not exist. (No container list was created for this addition.)

The addition (2008-0290) (4500 items; 6 lin. ft.; 1953-1990s) consists largely of individual correspondence (organized alphabetically), committee materials, and committee correspondence.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.00866
Title
R. A. (Robert A.) McConnell papers
Date
1944-2000
Creator
McConnell, R. A. (Robert A.)
Extent
41.4 Linear Feet, 19,514 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

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Collection is restricted.

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Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is restricted until 2008. Users must obtain donor's permission. Contact Research Services.

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The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

1. Accession (1996-0122)

Note: See donor's original inventory in CCF for fuller details and explanations of abbreviations. The original box numbers are indicated in the container list below.

box 1

Old box numbers 001-002

Box 1
Experiment PKPL-2
Box 1
box 2

Old box numbers 002-004

Box 2
Experiment PKPL-2
Box 2
box 3

Old box numbers 004-005

Box 3
Experiment PKPL-2
Box 3
Experiment DCM et al.
Box 3
box 4

Old box numbers 006-007

Box 4
Experiment DCM et al.
Box 4
box 5

Old box numbers 007-008

Box 5
Experiment DCM et al.
Box 5
box 6

Old box numbers 008-010

Box 6
Experiment DCM et al.
Box 6
Correspondence: J. Eisenbud
Box 6
1 copy, The world of Ted Serios
Box 6
box 7

Old box numbers 010-011

Box 7
Correspondence: J. Eisenbud
Box 7
1 copy, The world of Ted Serios
Box 7
box 8

Old box numbers 011-012

Box 8
Correspondence: G. R. Schmeidler
Box 8
Correspondence and Experiments -- Haakon Forwald
Box 8
box 9

Old box numbers 013-014

Box 9
Correspondence: People Series 1, A-H
Box 9
box 10

Old box numbers 015-016

Box 10
Correspondence: People Series 1, J-R
Box 10
box 11

Old box numbers 017-018

Box 11
Correspondence: People Series 1, S-Z
Box 11
Correspondence: Critics of Parapsychology and Their Victims
Box 11
box 12

Old box numbers 018-019

Box 12
Critics of Parapsychology
Box 12
Giving of Books and Papers, 1982-1987, EEP-0 to EEP-3
Box 12
box 13

Old box numbers 020-021

Box 13
1975-1978,Seven Educational Activities
Box 13
Correspondence: Selected Persons
Box 13
box 14

Old box numbers 022-024

Box 14
Correspondence: Selected Persons and Organizations
Box 14
box 15

Old box numbers 024-026

Box 15
Correspondence: Selected Persons and Organizations
Box 15
Psychic Healing Literature, Miscellaneous
Box 15
box 16

Old box numbers 026-028

Box 16
Psychic Healing Literature, Miscellaneous
Box 16
Psychic Healing Literature, Selected
Box 16
box 17

Old box numbers 028-030

Box 17
Psychic Healing Literature, Selected
Box 17
Parapsychological Association Records, 1957-1961
Box 17
Parapsychological Association Records, 1962-1965
Box 17
box 18

Old box numbers 030-032

Needs more processing before use.

Box 18
Parapsychological Association Records, 1966-1972 (030)

includes PA joins the AAAS, 1969-1980

Box 18
Parapsychological Association Records, 1973-1986 (031)
Box 18
Parapsychological Association Records, 1987and earlier records (032)
Box 18
box 19

Old box numbers 032-034

Box 19
Parapsychological Association Records, 1987-1994
Box 19
USSR Relations
Box 19
box 20

Old box numbers 034-035

Box 20
USSR Relations
Box 20
Giving of Books and Papers, 1987-1988,EEP-4 to EEP-11
Box 20
box 21

Old box numbers 036-037

Box 21
Mailings of 1989 Marchto 1989 August,EEP-12 to EEP-13
Box 21
National Academy of Sciences Mailings, 1989,EEP-14 to EEP-15
Box 21
box 22

Old box numbers 037-039

Box 22
National Academy of Sciences Mailings, end of EEP-15
Box 22
Fraud and Self-Deception
Box 22
EEP-16 Mailings, 1990 Octoberto 1991 June
Box 22
box 23

Old box numbers 039-040

Box 23
EEP-16 Mailings (cont.) - end
Box 23
Six Educational Activities, 1968-1974
Box 23

2. Accession (1997-0084)

5 boxes

The addition (1997-0084) (3500 items; 6.5 lin. ft.; 1951-1997) contains research records (many having to do with funding for projects) and correspondence. Also includes copies of many of McConnell's publications (often two copies of each). This addition also includes correspondence and McConnell's letters with the FLAS (Federation of American Scientists). Correspondence is arranged according to surname and date; FLFAS corresondence was organized by R.A. McConnell and assigned numerical values (key for values is provided in Box 5).

Financial Documents, 1964-1992
Box 1
Carlson detailed expense reports, 1967-1974
(2 folders)
Box 1
A. W. Mellon detailed expense reports, 1967-1979
(2 folders)
Box 1
A. W. monthly summaries, 1974-1992
(2 folders)
Box 1
A. W. payroll expenses, 1964-1986
(3 folders)
Box 1
Mellon Trust Report Excerpts, 1930s-1980s
Box 1
Payments to M.L. Anderson, 1959-1962
Box 1
McConnell Research Accounts, 1959-1960s
Box 1
Shanti Foundation (Mrs. Carlson)
(3 folders)
Box 2
Rockefeller Brothers
Box 2
McConnell Fund for Miscellaneous Gifts
(3 folders)
Box 2
McConnell Fund Summaries, 1986-1996
Box 2
William McDougall Grant
Box 2
New World Foundation
Box 2
W. G. and J. V. Stone Foundation
Box 2
Publications and Correspondence, 1951-1997
Publications, 1961-1996
(72 folders)
Box 2
Print Material, 1958-1996
(11 prints)
Box 3
"Parapsychology in Retrospect," 1987 facsimile
Box 3
Wyckoff, George W., 1982-1983
Box 3
Lockhart, George D., 1968-1994
Box 3
Walker, John, 1982-1991
Box 3
A. W. Mellon Trust, 1951-Dec. 1978
(14 folders)
Box 3
A. W. Mellon Trust, 1978-1991
(3 folders)
Box 4
Parapsychology Research, 1964-1979
(3 folders)
Box 4
Halliday, D., 1952
Box 4
Schmidt, A. W., 1968-1980
(6 folders)
Box 4
Research Administration, 1958-1953
(2 folders)
Box 4
Meeting Minutes, 1951
Box 4
University of Pittsburgh, 1944-1953
Box 4
Self-Evaluation Reports, 1976-1981
Box 4
Biological Sciences at Pittsburg, 1969-1988
Box 4
Pollard, Ernest, 1945
Box 4
House Meetings, 1951-1954
Box 4
Statistical Memo, 1952
Box 4
Parapsychology of Pittsburg, 1989
Box 4
Goldstein, Bruce, 1973
Box 4
Antleman, Seymour, 1976
Box 4
Gerjuoy, Edward 1978
Box 4
Crawford, S. C., 1951
Box 4
Longenecter, H. E., 1951
Box 4
Rosenburg, Jerome L.
(3 folders)
Box 4
Posvar, W. W.
(2 folders)
Box 4
O'Connor, John Dennis, 1991-1995
(2 folders)
Box 4
Rockefeller Brothers correspondence
(3 folders)
Box 4
"The Scientific Autobiography of a Parapsychologist," 1998
Box 4
FLFAS (Federation of American Scientists) letters, 1975-1976
(4 folders)
Box 5
FLFAS Foreign Mailing, 1976
Box 5
FLFAS correspondence key
Box 5
FLFAS correspondence A-F, 1970s
Box 5
FLFAS correspondence G-M, 1970s
Box 5
FLFAS correspondence N-S, 1970s
Box 5
FLFAS correspondence T-Z, 1970s
Box 5
FLFAS unprocessed correspondence, 1976-1997
Box 5
"Scientific Freedom and Responsiblity," 1975
Box 5

3. Accession (2000-0274) and Accession (2000-0431)

1 box

The addition (2000-0274) (3 items; 0.2 lin. ft.; 2000) contains a copy of McConnell's book Joyride to Infinity (2000), related items, and printouts of McConnell's website: www.ramcconnell.com.

The addition (2000-0431) (8 items; 0.1 lin. ft.; 2000) includes statements and articles by McConnell summarizing his beliefs and positions on the existence of experimental phenomenon, the importance of parapsychology, and arguments against scientists who claim that parapsychological phenomena do not exist. This material can also be found on McConnell's website.

4. Accession (2008-0290), 1953-1990s

10 boxes

The addition (2008-0290) (4500 items; 6 lin. ft.; 1953-1990s) consists largely of individual correspondence (organized alphabetically), committee materials, and committee correspondence. For a more complete description of the materials, please see the donor's inventory in the Collection Control File.

This is a preliminary finding aid for an unprocessed collection. Materials have been reboxed for preservation, but no additional arrangement has been completed at this time.

Conditions Governing Access note

This accession is restricted. Please contact Reference Services with questions.

RAM's Committee and its members correspondence, 1953-1985
Box 1
RAM's Committee and its members correspondence, 1953-1985
Box 2
Individual Correspondence, A-B
Alexander, Dr. John B.
Box 2
Alvarado, Carlos S.
Box 2
Atkinson, Prof. Richard C.
Box 2
Bauer, Eberhard
Box 2
Beardsley, Dr. Wallace
Box 2
Bell, Prof. Daniel
Box 2
Benveniste, Jacques
Box 2
Beloff, Dr. John
Box 2
Berger, Arthur
Box 2
Berger, Dr. Rick
Box 2
Bird, Christopher
Box 2
Blackmore, Susan
Box 2
Blakemore, Dr. Colin
Box 2
Bowles, Norma
Box 2
Braud, Dr. William G.
(3 folders)
Box 2
Individual Correspondence, B-E
Box 3
Braude, Dr. Stephen
Box 3
Bro, Harmon
Box 3
Broughton, Dr. Richard
Box 3
Brown, Dr. Frederick
Box 3
Brown, Mr. Burke
Box 3
Brier, Bob
Box 3
Burdick, Dr. Donald S
Box 3
Cardena, C. E.
Box 3
Carson, Prof. Walter
Box 3
Cassoli, Dr. Piero
(2 folders)
Box 3
Chance, Dr. Britton
Box 3
Chauvin, Dr. Remy
Box 3
Child, Dr. Irvin
(2 folders)
Box 3
Chomsky, Dr. Noam
Box 3
Chopra, Deepak
Box 3
Clark, Lord Kenneth
Box 3
Cohen, Dr. Sidney
Box 3
Collins, H. M.
Box 3
Cook, Emily
(5 folders)
Box 3
Cooper, Topher
Box 3
Crandall, James
Box 3
Cuthbert, Chester
Box 3
Cutten, John
Box 3
Darwin, Sir Charles
Box 3
David, Mrs. Farilla
Box 3
Davis, R. Kingsley
Box 3
Davis, Prof. W. Jackson
Box 3
Davison, Mr. Jack
Box 3
Dawes, Prof. Robyn
Box 3
Dean, Mr. Douglas
Box 3
Don, Dr. Norman
(2 folders)
Box 3
Dossey, Larry
Box 3
Drewes, Athena
Box 3
Drucker, Dr. Sally Ann
Box 3
Dunne, Brenda J.
Box 3
Duplessis, Dr. Yvonne
Box 3
Ebon, Martin
Box 3
Eccles, Sir John C.
Box 3
Edison, Theodore M.
Box 3
Edwards, Tony
Box 3
Eisenberg, Anne
Box 3
Eisenberg, Dr. Howard
Box 3
Individual Correspondence, E-H
Box 4
Elchert, Ms. Casey
Box 4
Ejvegaard, Dr. Rolf
Box 4
Evans, Hilary
Box 4
Eysenck, Dr. H. J.
Box 4
Felsenfeld, Dr. Gary
Box 4
Feola, Jose M.
Box 4
Firebrace, Brig. R. C.
Box 4
Flick, Barbara
Box 4
Frank, Dr. Jerome
Box 4
Franklin, Dr. Wilbur
(2 folders)
Box 4
unspecified
Box 4
Gell-Mann, Dr. Murray
Box 4
Geller, Uri
Box 4
Gofman, John W.
Box 4
Grad, Dr. Bernard
Box 4
Granero, Mirta
Box 4
Greenwood, Joseph A.
Box 4
Greyson, Dr. Bruce
Box 4
Haisch, Dr. Barnhard
Box 4
Harary, Keith
Box 4
Haraldsson, Dr. Erlandur
Box 4
Harman, Willis
Box 4
Hastings, Dr. Arthur J.
Box 4
Hovelmann, Gerd H.
Box 4
Humphreys, Lloyd G.
(4 folders)
Box 4
Individual Correspondence, H-K
Box 5
Hyman, Ray
(2 folders)
Box 5
Inglis, David
Box 5
Jahn, Dr. Robert
(5 folders)
Box 5
Johnson, Dr. Martin
Box 5
Josephson, D. B. D.
Box 5
Kahn, Richard D.
Box 5
Kahn, Mr. S. David
Box 5
Keil, Prof. H. H. Jurgen
(2 folders)
Box 5
Kelly, Dr. Edward F.
(8 folders)
Box 5
Krippner, Dr. Stanley
(2 folders)
Box 5
Kuhn, Thomas S.
(2 folders)
Box 5
Individual Correspondence, L-M
Box 6
Laibow, Dr. Rima
(2 folders)
Box 6
Lamm, Gov. Richard
(3 folders)
Box 6
Lattimore, Owen
Box 6
LeShan, Lawrence
(3 folders)
Box 6
Libby, Dr. William
Box 6
Lucadou, Dr. Walter
Box 6
Luke, Wanda
Box 6
Maher, Dr. Michaeleen
Box 6
Maricic, Dr. S.
Box 6
Marks, Prof. David
Box 6
Matlock, Mr. James
Box 6
Mauskopf, Dr. Seymour
Box 6
May,Dr. Edwin
(2 folders)
Box 6
McBeath, Dr. Michael
Box 6
McCarthy, Dr. Donald
Box 6
McClenon, James
Box 6
McMahan, Elizabeth
Box 6
Meehl, P. E.
(2 folders)
Box 6
Millar, Dr. Brian
Box 6
Milton, Dr. Julie
Box 6
Mishlove, Dr. Jeffrey
(2 folders)
Box 6
Mitchell, Dr. Edgar
(4 of 5 folders)
Box 6
Individual Correspondence, M-Q
Box 7
Mitchell, Dr. Edgar
(5 of 5 folders)
Box 7
Montis, Dr. Hernandez
Box 7
Morris, Dr. Robert L.
(3 folders)
Box 7
Morrison, Dr. Philip
Box 7
Moyers, Bill
Box 7
Murphy, Gardner & Lois
Box 7
Nelson, Dr. Roger
Box 7
Palmer, Dr. John
Box 7
Pell, Sen. Claiborne
Box 7
Phillips, Dr. Peter
Box 7
Pierce, Mr. Henry
(2 folders)
Box 7
Pilkington, RoseMarie
Box 7
Pomeranz, Dr. Bruce
Box 7
Powell, Kenneth
(2 folders)
Box 7
Prince of Wales (Prince Charles)
Box 7
Puthoff, Dr. Hal
(5 folders)
Box 7
Quinn, Dr. Janet F.
Box 7
Individual Correspondence, R-S
Box 8
Radin, Dr. Dean
(5 folders)
Box 8
Reed, C. B.
Box 8
Richards, Douglas G.
Box 8
Riesman, Prof. David
Box 8
Roberts, Dr. Richard B.
Box 8
Robinson, Diana
Box 8
Rockwell, Ted
(9 folders)
Box 8
Roll, William G.
Box 8
Roney-Dougal, Serena
Box 8
Rosen, Prof. Steven
Box 8
Rosenberg, A. I., Esq.
Box 8
Rubik, Beverly
Box 8
Rush, Joseph
Box 8
Sagan, Dr. Carl
Box 8
Sargent, Barbara
Box 8
Schechter, Dr. Ephraim
(1 of 2 folders)
Box 8
Individual Correspondence, S
Box 9
Schechter, Dr. Ephraim
(2 of 2 folders)
Box 9
Schlitz, Dr. Marilyn
(2 folders)
Box 9
Schmeidler, Dr. Gertrude
(3 folders)
Box 9
Schmidt, Dr. Helmit
(3 folders)
Box 9
Schwartz, Stephan A.
Box 9
Schwarz, Dr. Berthold E.
(2 folders)
Box 9
Scriven, Dr. M.
Box 9
Snowden, Mrs Ruth J.
Box 9
Solfvin, Dr. Jerry
Box 9
Stanford, Dr. Rex
(2 folders)
Box 9
Stevension, Dr. Ian
(2 folders)
Box 9
Stokes, Douglas M.
Box 9
Strong, Richard
(1 of 2 folders)
Box 9
Individual Correspondence, S-Z
Box 10
Strong, Richard
(2 of 2 folders)
Box 10
Swann, Ingo
Box 10
Tart, Dr. Charles
Box 10
Taylor, Dr. Eugene
Box 10
Taylor, John G.
Box 10
Thalbourne, Michael A.
(2 folders)
Box 10
Truzzi, Dr. Marcello
Box 10
Van de Castle, Dr. Robert
Box 10
Van Over, Mr. Raymond
Box 10
Vassy, Zoltan
Box 10
Vilenskaya, Larissa
Box 10
Weiner, Debra
Box 10
West, Dr. Donald
Box 10
Westrum, Ron
Box 10
Wheatley, Dr. James
Box 10
Walker, Dr. Evan Harris
Box 10
Wilson, Dr. Richard
Box 10
Wirth, Daniel
Box 10
Wolfe, C. Holmes
Box 10
Wolman, Dr. Benjamin
Box 10
Wunder, Dr. Charles
Box 10
Zigmond, Dr. Michael
Box 10

Historical Note

Professor emeritus in Biology at University of Pittsburgh and specialist in parapsychology.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], R. A. (Robert A.) McConnell Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The R. A. (Robert A.) McConnell Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift, 1996-2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Jeannet, Lisa Stark, and Ruth E. Bryan.

Completed November 7, 1996, August 8, 1997, June 29, 2000, and April 26, 2001.

Encoded by Ruth E. Bryan.

Updated by Meghan Lyon, December 2008.