Guide to the Research Collections

- Section -- II: -- THE HUMANITIES
- PART ONE
- 18 -- PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY, AND RELATED MATERIALS
- OCCULT SCIENCES

OCCULT SCIENCES

Occultism is particularly well represented in materials on magic and witchcraft. Magic is discussed with the holdings of the Theatre Collection. Witchcraft is one of the richer collections of historical materials, particularly in records of early trials, both American and European.4 Certain books on Oriental customs in the Oriental Division deal with witchcraft.

Periodical holdings in the occult field are extensive and varied, with such titles as Revue spirite (1858- ), Rosicrucian Fellowship Magazine (1913- ), and Journal of Parapsychology (1937- ).

The Manuscripts and Archives Division has 8 examinations, charges, and indictments for witchcraft of late seventeenth-century Massachusetts, among them the "Examination of Tittuba the Indian Woman. March 1 and 2, 1691/2."

The Spencer Collection has associated materials, among them 2 illustrated paper manuscripts from nineteenth-century Thailand, one a fortune teller's notebook (probably made for his own use) and the other a sorcerer's handbook, folded in accordion style, with illustrations of fortune telling, witchcraft, and sorcery.