Series 17 - Notes and Correspondence: Paranormal and Psychical Research 1881-1894
Oxford University Museum of Natural History


Date Range1881 - 1939, mostly 1881-1894
ProvenanceWestlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Description

This Series includes correspondence and notes related to Ernest Westlake’s research into the paranormal and psychical phenomena mostly carried out in the early 1800s, before his journey to Tasmania in 1908. It also includes Ernest Westlake’s research notes on the Bible, temperance, research slips from the British Library and published papers from the Liberty Paper and the Sunday Society.


Inventory Listing

Correspondence: 1881-1889
Correspondence 1 (Mainly Psychical Research Related) - Part 1 of 7
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A manila folder entitled 'Correspondence 1 (mainly psychical research realted)' containing a folded sheet of white paper entitled '1881-1889'.

Further notes and cross-references:

Ernest Westlake was a member of the London-based SPR which, despite the often-dubious table-rappers and mediums of the time, was a serious, even sceptical organisation supported by such eminent academics as William Crookes and Alfred Russel Wallace: Janet Oppenheim, 1985: 344-348, 3, 319 and 339 and Derek Edgell, 1992: 4-5.

While in Tasmania in 1909-1910, Ernest Westlake made some notes under the heading ‘S.P.R.’ in his Notebook 4: [image 67; page 127, WEST00004,' Notebook 4 ', Series 3, Pitt Rivers Museum Manuscript Collections, Westlake Papers]. See also: [WEST00004, ‘Notebook 4 ’, Series 3, in Rebe Taylor, with Michael Jones and Gavan McCarthy, Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922), The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre, 2012.

In the mid 1880s Ernest Westlake was a visitor of Auberon Herbert, third son of the Earl of Carnarvon who had chosen to live in a make-shift house in the New Forest where they discussed the establishment of a Hampshire Psychical Society: Hoare, Philip: England's Lost Eden: Adventures in a Victorian Utopia, London and New York, Fourth Estate, 2005: 415-416.

See also: Rebe Taylor, 2004.

Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Quantity 1 cm, 1 file Inventory Identifier WEST00402 Box Number 6 Series 17
Correspondence: 1889-1895
Correspondence 1 (Mainly Psychical Research Related) - Part 2 of 7
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A folded sheet of white paper entitled '1889-1895' that includes letters from Ernest Westlake and also 'Liberty Paper' publications.

Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Quantity 1 cm, 1 file Inventory Identifier WEST00403 Box Number 6 Series 17
Correspondence: undated
Correspondence 1 (Mainly Psychical Research Related) - Part 3 of 7
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A folded sheet of white paper entitled 'Undated Correspondence' that includes a letter and a postcard from Professor William Fletcher Barrett of the Dublin-based Society of Psychical Research (SPR).

Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 file Inventory Identifier WEST00404 Box Number 6 Series 17
The Sunday Society
Correspondence 1 (Mainly Psychical Research Related) - Part 4 of 7
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A folded sheet of white paper entitled 'The Sunday Society' and containing related correspondence and publications.

Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Quantity 1 cm, 1 file Inventory Identifier WEST00405 Box Number 6 Series 17
Correspondence: 1939
Correspondence 1 (Mainly Psychical Research Related) - Part 5 of 7
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A folded sheet of white paper entitled '1939' and containg one letter to 'Geoffry' from JDD [?] of Polygon Villa.

Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 file Inventory Identifier WEST00406 Box Number 6 Series 17
Envelopes
Correspondence 1 (Mainly Psychical Research Related) - Part 6 of 7
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A folded sheet of white paper entitled 'envelopes' and containing 6 envelopes.

Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 file Inventory Identifier WEST00407 Box Number 6 Series 17
British Library Borrower's slips
Correspondence 1 (Mainly Psychical Research Related) - Part 7 of 7
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A folded sheet of white paper entitled 'BM [British Library] readers' 'borrower' slips containing Ernest Westlake's borrowers' slips from 1921 and 1922.

Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Date range 1921 - 1922    Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 file
Inventory Identifier WEST00408 Box Number 6 Series 17
Correspondence: paranormal and psychical research 1888-1894
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A folded sheet of white paper entitled 'On the Paranormal - particular cases 1888-94' that contains correspondence and notes including letters from the physicist William Crookes detailing how to assemble an apparatus to record the movements of spiritual phenomenon [image 86], accounts of haunted houses, and research into dream premonitions seemingly carried out on behalf of Eleanor Balfour Sigdwick, wife of Henry Sigdwick, founder of London-based SPR.

Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Quantity 3 cm, 1 file Inventory Identifier WEST00409 Box Number 6 Series 17
Notes and drafts of letters: paranormal and psychical research
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A folded sheet of white paper entitled 'Notes and drafts of letters on paranormal phenomena' containing mostly loose-leaf pages of handwritten notes, predominantly in ink, by Ernest Westlake.

Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Quantity 1.5 cm, 1 file Inventory Identifier WEST00410 Box Number 6 Series 17
Notes on the Bible, temperance, death and paranormal phenomena
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A folded sheet of white paper entitled 'Notes on the Bible, temperance, death and paranormal phenomena' containing related rough notes by Ernest Westlake in both pencil and ink.

Creator Westlake, Ernest (1855-1922)
Quantity 1 cm, 1 file Inventory Identifier WEST00411 Box Number 6 Series 17

Published by the The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre and the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, August 2010
Listed by Rebe Taylor, with Michael Jones and Gavan McCarthy
HTML edition
Updated 14 February 2017
http://web.esrc.unimelb.edu.au/WEST/WESS17.htm

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