ESP Research Associates Foundation
A psychic phenomena research and interest organization
founded in 1962 with a membership of individuals who believed
they had genuine ESP experiences and wished to learn
more about the functioning of these powers of the mind. President
and guiding force of the foundation was Harold Sherman
(b. 1898), a leading figure in the psychic community in America
through the mid-twentieth century.
Sherman began his adult life as a journalist and novelist.
Then in 1935 he wrote a short metaphysical book, Your Key to
Happiness, which led to his radio show by the same name. In
1937 and 1938 Sherman conducted an ESP experiment with
Arctic explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins that yielded a significant account
of telepathic communication of interest to parapsychologists.
A log of Wilkins’s thoughts and actions compared
with Sherman’s received impressions provide a startling record
of the possibilities of psychic comunication. This served as a
model for a similar experiment conducted by Edgar Mitchell
during his voyage to the Moon on Apollo 14 in 1971.
Through the 1940s and 1950s Sherman continued to write
metaphysical and psychic books that brought him a great following.
They became the basis for the formation of ESP Research
Associates Foundation, which among other activities
provided a contact point for people who wished to have psychic
readings from Sherman. Through the 1980s, the foundation
conducted conferences but was unable to continue effectively
after Sherman’s death and was discontinued.
Sherman, Harold. How to Foresee and Control Your Future.
Greenwich, Conn. Fawcett, 1970.
———. How to Know What to Believe. Greenwich, Conn. Fawcett,
———. How to Make ESP Work for You. Los Angeles DeVorss,
———. You Live After Death. New York C. R. Anthony, 1949.
———. Your Key to Happiness. New York G. P. Putnam’s
Sons, 1935. Reprint, Greenwich, Conn. Fawcett, 1964.
Sherman, Harold, and Sir Hubert Wilkins. Thought Through
Space. Greenwich, Conn. Fawcett, 1972.