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Guide to the Michael McVaugh Papers, 1971-1988 and undated

Summary

Michael McVaugh is professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Collection comprises his research, interviews, and preparation for the book, The Elusive Science, coauthored with Seymour Mauskopf, regarding the research of J. B. Rhine and the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University. Interview and research subjects include Hans Bender, Knight Dunlap, Hudson Hoagland, John L. Kennedy, Brian Mackenzie, Gardner Murphy, Harry Price, Gertrude Schmeidler, Ernest Taves, Raymond Willoughby, Dael Wolfle, and George Zirkle.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11609
Title
Michael McVaugh papers
Date
1971-1988 and undated
Creator
McVaugh, M.R. (Michael Rogers), 1938-
Extent
1.0 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises his research, interviews, and preparation for the book, The Elusive Science, coauthored with Seymour Mauskopf, regarding the research of J. B. Rhine and the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University. Interview and research subjects include Hans Bender, Knight Dunlap, Hudson Hoagland, John L. Kennedy, Brian Mackenzie, Gardner Murphy, Harry Price, Gertrude Schmeidler, Ernest Taves, Raymond Willoughby, Dael Wolfle, and George Zirkle.

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[Identification of item], Michael McVaugh Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Rhine comments, Chapters 4 & 9, undated
Box 1
For the Rhines, Chapter 5, 6/18/79
Box 1
Chapter 6, undated
Box 1
Chapters 6 & 7 revised, Sy Mauskopf, 7/17/79
Box 1
Chapter 8, undated
Box 1
Chapter 9, undated
Box 1
Chapter 10, undated
Box 1
Contacts, 1972-1988 and undated
Box 1
Correspondence, copyeditor, 1979-1981 and undated
Box 1
ESP photos, 1979-1980 and undated
Box 1
NITRATE NEGATIVE
Box 1
Interviews, prospectus, 1971-1977 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Mauskopf, 1971-1982 and undated
Box 2
Bender, 1977-1979 and undated
Box 2
Dunlap--proposals for ESP technique, undated
Box 2
Heymans, undated
Box 2
Hoagland, 1975 and undated
Box 2
Kennedy, 1976 and undated
Box 2
MacKenzie, 1976-1977 and undated
Box 2
Gardner Murphy, undated
Box 2
Harry Price, 1977 and undated
Box 2
Schmeidler, 1976-1977 and undated
Box 3
Taves, 1979 and undated
Box 3
Willoughby, undated
Box 3
Wolfle, 1974-1979 and undated
Box 3
Zirkle, undated
Box 3
A program for research on the hypothesis of survival, 1945
Box 3
 

Historical Note

Michael McVaugh is professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard and his Ph.D. from Princeton, and came to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1964 to teach the history of science in the history department of the University of North Carolina. During the late 1960s he began a close collaborative relationship with Seymour Mauskopf at Duke University, fusing the two programs in the history of science. The two collaborated in a study of the history of parapsychology under J. B. Rhine at Duke, The Elusive Science: Origins of Experimental Psychical Research (Johns Hopkins, 1980), which was one of the early monographs to recognize the importance of treating the history of science as more than simply a record of transcendent intellectual accomplishments. But the bulk of Professor McVaugh's research has centered on medicine in the medieval and early modern periods. In 1996 Professor McVaugh was named William Smith Wells Professor of History at the University of North Carolina; he retired from formal teaching in 2007. He was made a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 2005 and received the Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society in 2010.

Related Material

See the Seymour Mauskopf Papers and the Parapsychology Laboratory Records in the Rubenstein Library holdings.


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Provenance

The Michael McVaugh Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, April, 2018

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2018-0016