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Guide to the J. Gaither Pratt Papers, 1963

Abstract

Pratt joined the psychology department at Duke in 1937 as an instructor and a member of the staff of parapsychology where he served for nearly 30 years. Contains two drafts of a manuscript entitled, The Benign Revolution: An Insider's View of Parapsychology. This was published by Doubleday in 1964 under the title Parapsychology: An insider's view of ESP.

Descriptive Summary

Record Group
UA.29.02.0112
Title
J. Gaither Pratt papers
Date
1963
Creator
Pratt, J. Gaither (Joseph Gaither), 1910-1979
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet, 500 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains two drafts of a manuscript entitled, The Benign Revolution: An Insider's View of Parapsychology. This was published by Doubleday in 1964 under the title Parapsychology: An insider's view of ESP.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Container List

1 Box
Chapter 1
Box 1
Chapter 2
Box 1
Chapter 3
Box 1
Chapter 4
Box 1
Chapter 5
Box 1
Chapter 6
Box 1
Chapter 7
Box 1
Chapter 8
Box 1
Chapter 9
Box 1
Chapter 10
Box 1

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Joseph Gaither Pratt was born in Winston-Salem, NC on August 31, 1910 to Joseph M. and Mattis H. Pratt. He completed his academic training at Duke University: A. B. in 1931, M. A. in 1933 and Ph.D. in 1936. He married his wife Nellie in 1936, and they had four children. Pratt joined the psychology department at Duke in 1937 as an instructor and a member of the staff of parapsychology where he served for nearly 30 years. He left Duke in 1963 to join the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He died in November 1979.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • News Service Biographical Files, 1960-2004. (University Archives. Duke University.)
  • Parapsychology Laboratory Records, 1893-1984. (Rubenstein Library, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], J. Gaither Pratt Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The J. Gaither Pratt Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1963.

Processing Information

Processed by Kim Simms, October 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2006

Accession A63-142 is described in this finding aid.