The University of West Georgia's psychology program is distinguished by its academic specialties in humanistic psychology and parapsychology. In order to support teaching, learning, and research for those unique disciplinary areas, Special Collections actively collects archival materials and printed materials pertaining to human consciousness and humanistic psychology.
Notable among these collections are papers of Ingo Swann who coined the term “remote viewing,” along with his book collection; the papers and print collections of Dr. William G. Roll whose area of speciality was psychokinesis (PK) and was on faculty at West Georgia College; the papers of Dr. Stanley Krippner; the David Wayne Hooks library which originated from the Psychical Research Foundation; the papers of scholar Sidney Jourard, who founded the American Association for Humanistic Psychology; Carmi Harari, who founded the Division of Humanistic Psychology within the American Psychology Association; the papers Janet Lee Mitchell who conducted experiments in extrasensory perception and psychokinesis; and the papers of Anne C. Richards who served on Association for Humanistic Education (AHE), trustee for the Field Psych Trust, and surveyed University of West Georgia students’ attitudes towards sexuality from 1981-1999. Also notable are the papers of psychologist Edith Weisskopf-Joelson who studied schizophrenia, alienation and logotherapy.
The topical strengths of the human consciousness collections, which are predominantly 1970s-present, include:
- Extrasensory perception (ESP)
- Remote viewing
- Psychokinesis (PK)
- Near-death experiences
- Out-of-body experiences
- Cosmic art
- with smaller holdings in: UFOs, psychedelic drugs, the New Age movement, shamanism, Scientology