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Stephen Braude Parapsychology and Psychical Research papers

Identifier: MS 1072
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Content Description

Papers and born-digital material concerning work in the field of parakinesis. Physical formats include correspondence, photographs, journal articles, and three dimensional slides. Born-digital formats include videos and photographs of lectures, speaking engagements, and documentary work.


  • Creation: 1980 - 2020


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored offsite at the Library Service Center and require 24-hour notice for retrieval. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 or for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from the Stephen Braude Parapsychology and Psychical Research papers, 1980-2020, MS 1072, must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. The Woodson Research Center use policy is that researchers assume sole responsibility for any infringement of privacy, literary rights, copyrights, or other rights arising from their use of the archival materials.

Biographical / Historical

Stephen E. Braude (b. 1945) is an American philosopher, and parapsychologist. He is a past President of the Parapsychological Association, former Editor-in-Chief (for 13 years) of the Journal of Scientific Exploration, and is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Braude received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Oberlin College in 1967 and as an undergraduate spent time studying at the University of London University College. He earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1971 and later in the year would begin teaching as an assistant professor of philosophy at UMBC. He was appointed full professor in 1987.

Braude became interested in parapsychology as a graduate student but waited until he had been awarded tenure before publishing on the topic. His work focuses on the analysis of historical cases of macro-psychokinesis and trance mediumship. Braude has also written seven books: ESP and Psychokinesis: A Philosophical Examination (1979; revised edition 2002); The Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science (1986; revised edition 1997); First Person Plural: Multiple Personality and the Philosophy of Mind (1991; revised edition 1995); Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death (2003); The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations (2007); and Crimes of Reason: On Mind, Nature and the Paranormal (2014). His latest book is Dangerous Pursuits: Mediumship, Mind and Music (2020). Major grants developed by Braude include a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the F.W.H. Myers Memorial Medal from the Society for Psychical Research in London.

Largely excerpted from: Rawlette, S. H. (2022). ‘Stephen E Braude’. Psi Encyclopedia. London: The Society for Psychical Research. Retrieved 29 February 2024. and Retrieved 29 February 2024.


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This collection consists of Braude's work in parapsychology, parakinesis, and research. Included are case investigation files, correspondence, lectures, and interviews.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Stephen Braude via Jeffrey Kripal as part of the Archives of the Impossible.

Guide to the Stephen Braude Parapsychology and Psychical Research papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA