Kenneth J. Batcheldor:

An Inventory of his records at the University of Manitoba

Inventory prepared by Jarad Buckwold
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(February 19, 2013)

Finding aid encoded by Jarad Buckwold (February 19, 2013)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba

Kenneth J. Batcheldor

Kenneth J. Batcheldor fonds


0.07 metres of textual material and 1 DVD

MSS 378, EL 39 (A11-66)


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Biography of Kenneth J. Batcheldor

Kenneth J. Batcheldor, born in Britain in 1921, was a clinical psychologist who conducted a series of table tilting experiments in the 1960s and 1970s. Initially experimenting with the idea of table tilting sessions as a means of amusement, Batcheldor became intrigued when one such session resulted in the table lifting off the floor, seemingly by itself. He continued to experiment with the process and determined that one’s psychological state directly affected ones chance of successfully causing a table to tilt using psychokinesis (PK). He developed the concepts of “witness inhibition” – not wanting to see paranormal events – and “ownership resistance” – a refusal to believe that one is responsible for a paranormal happening such as a sudden table movement – and determined that these two psychological states must be overcome to increase a table sitting group’s chance of success. Two of Batcheldor’s experimental sessions were described in psychical researcher Guy Lyon Playfair’s book “If this be Magic” and his psychological concepts were used by Iris M. and A.R.G. (George) Owen in their “Conjuring Philip” experiment. Batcheldor died in 1988.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds was created by the donor himself. His donated material was divided into different fonds and collections in accordance with specifications he himself provided. This particular fonds consists primarily of a typeset of Batcheldor’s “Macro-PK in Group Sittings: Theoretical and Practical Aspects”, as well as a brief biographical description created by Walter Meyer zu Erpen, the donator, and a DVD containing a digitized version of the typeset.

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restictions on this material

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Related Materials

This fonds is one of a series of fonds and collections donated by Walter Meyer zu Erpen related to survival and parapsychology research. Other such fonds and collections donatd by Meyer zu Erpen are the Survival Research Institute of Canada fonds (MSS 372; A11-60), A.R.G. (George) and Iris Owen fonds (MSS 373; A11-61), Survival Research Newsletters and Periodicals Collection (MSS 374; A11-62), Debra Barr and Walter Meyer zu Erpen Research and Publication Collection (MSS 375; A11-63), Jenny O'Hara Pincock fonds (MSS 376; A11-64), Spiritualist Hymnals and Manuals Collection (MSS 377; A11-65), Albert Batten fonds (MSS 379, PC 329, EL 40; A11-67), Olga Park fonds (MSS 380; A11-71), Howard Reed fonds (MSS 381, EL 41; A11-107). Also related, but not donated by Meyer zu Erpen, is the Hamilton Family fonds (Mss 14, Pc 12, Tc 70; A.79-21, A.79-41, A.79-52, A.79-56, A.79-65, A.80-08, A.80-25, A.81-09, A.86-56).

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated by Walter Meyer zu Erpen of the Survival Research Institute of Canada in 2011. He acquired the typeset from Guy Lyon Playfair in 2008. The typeset is dated as having been amended in 1981.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Kenneth J. Batcheldor [ 1968-2011? ]
11 Kenneth J. Batcheldor - Macro-PK in Group Sittings 1968-1982
2 Kenneth J. Batcheldor - Macro-PK in Group Sittings 2011?

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