Boston Society For Psychic Research
Founded in May 1925 by Elwood Worcester, William McDougall,
Lydia W. Allison, and Walter Franklin Prince.
Worcester, a distinguished Episcopal minister and founder of
the healing movement in that church, served as the first president.
Prince, having resigned as research officer of the American
Society for Psychical Research, became the new society’s
research officer. Allison oversaw the publications program. The
occasion for the break was the ASPR’s strong advocacy of the
mediumship of Mina S. Crandon (‘‘Margery’’). Under Prince’s
direction, the Boston Society carried on an active research program,
the results of which were published in a set of books and
a series of bulletins.
After the death of Walter Franklin Prince in 1934, the Boston
SPR began to flounder, and because the issue that brought
it into existence had faded in importance, it was formally reunited
with the ASPR in 1941.
Sources
Allison, Lydia W. Leonard and Soule Experiments in Psychical
Research. Boston Boston Society for Psychical Research, 1929.
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Prince, Walter F. The Case of Patience Worth A Critical Study
of Certain Unusual Phenomena. Boston Boston Society for Psychical
Research, 1927.
———. Noted Witnesses for Psychic Occurrences. Boston Boston
Society for Psychical Research, 1928. Reprint, New Hyde
Park, N.Y. University Books, 1963.
Thomas, John F. Beyond Normal Cognition. Boston Boston
Society for Psychical Research, 1937.
———. Case Studies Bearing on Survival. Boston Boston Society
for Psychical Research, 1929.