Salter, Helen Woollgar de Gaudrion Verrall
(1883–1959)
Daughter of medium Margaret Verrall. Salter developed
the faculty of automatic writing and was a prominent member
of the Society for Psychical Research, London. She was an assistant
research officer (1910–16), research officer (1916–21),
a member of the council (1921–57), vice president (1953–57),
editor of the Journal of the SPR (1921–29), and for many years
editor of the Proceedings (1921–46, 1948–54). She was born July
4, 1883, in Cambridge, England, and was educated at Newnham
College, Cambridge University (M.A., 1906). In 1915 she
married William Henry Salter, president of the SPR.
Some of her automatic writing scripts form part of the important
‘‘cross-correspondence’’ project, which involved piecing
together a number of scripts from different communicators
that were meaningful only as a whole. Salter also participated
in various telepathy experiments. She wrote a number of articles
for the SPR’s publications and interpreted the SPR for
American colleagues. She died April 22, 1959.
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Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
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Salter, Helen. ‘‘Evidence for Telepathy.’’ Journal of the
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the Society for Psychical Research (1931).
———. ‘‘Some Experiments with a New Automatist.’’ Proceedings
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———. ‘‘Some Observations on Scripts of the SPR Group of
Automatists.’’ Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research
(1951).