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The IAPSOP was formed in late 2009, as it became apparent to the founding group of spiritualist and occult researchers that (a) the repository libraries traditionally expected to retain spiritualist and occult periodicals were in many cases removing these from circulation, or from their collections entirely; (b) that independent students and researchers were in some cases duplicating effort and expense to have materials preserved digitally, largely for their private use; and (c) that digital libraries like Google Books were completely indifferent to the special curatorial problems of periodical literature.
The IAPSOP Archives are maintained by IAPSOP -- an informal collection of students, academics and researchers with an interest in the periodical literature of Spiritualism and the occult, for the purposes of preserving the substantial body of Spiritualist and occult periodical literature produced between the 1840s and the start of the Second World War. These materials are provided in curated, digital form, already indexed, suitable for online reading, scholarly use and citation.
As with all such open source archival projects, the IAPSOP provides these materials for their historical value; no endorsement of any position is implied by the provision of particular materials in the Archive, and the IAPSOP makes no warrantees as to the fitness of these materials for any particular purpose other that historical research.
The IAPSOP receives no funds from any organization, and relies exclusively on the contribution of material, labor and money from its users.
We donate cameras, scanners, software and skilled labor to digitization projects from time to time. If you believe you have a valuable collection of periodical material that would benefit scholars, researchers and seekers if digitized and made publicly-available, and need assistance with equipment or advice, please get in touch.
If you have questions about the IAPSOP, or wish to inspect its governance and financial material, as required by US law, please contact the IAPSOP board of directors.
Archival material rights reserved under Creative Commons license. .