Janet Lee Mitchell papers
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Janet Lee Mitchell papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of West Georgia
Creator: Mitchell, Janet Lee
Title: Janet Lee Mitchell papers
Dates: 1968-2018
Quantity: 4.52 Linear feet (9 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of Janet Lee Mitchell, researcher in extrasensory perception and psychokinesis.
Identification: MS-0073

Biographical/Historical Note

Janet Lee Mitchell, born 1936, received her Ph.D. from City University of New York in experimental cognition. She performed laboratory research regarding extrasensory perception (ESP) in New York for 15 years. She is a former professor at Yavapai College in Arizona, and has lectured, appeared on radio and television, and written numerous publications on parapsychological topics. (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/shangobooks)

Her works include Out-of-Body Experiences: A Handbook (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1981), and Conscious Evolution (New York: Ballantine Books, 1990).

Scope and Content Note

Electroencephalography (EEG) charts with notes dated 1971-1974. The EECs were housed in seven (7) robin's egg blue colored boxes. In addition to EEG charts, item 1 in box 1 contains a copy of Psychology Today, October 1973, and two numbered diagrams. And, item 3 in box 2 contains a handwritten note by Janet Mitchell dated January 16, 1974.

Series II contains annotated charts, correspondence, notes, recordings, and other materials which largely pertain to Mitchell's experiments with psychokinesis (PK). The charts relate to thirteen table levitation experiments that she conducted in 1972-1973. Also included is correspondence with Kenneth Batcheldor, Colin Brookes-Smith, and Gertrude Schmeidler, on the topic of PK.


In Series I, materials arrived to UWG housed in seven (7) boxes. Boxes were retained.

This collection is arranged into series. Series I: EEG Charts; Series II: Papers; Series III: Correspondence; Series IV: Topical and Research Files.

Index Terms

Mitchell, Janet Lee, 1936--Archives.
Swann, Ingo,--1933-2013.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Janet Lee Mitchell papers, Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, University of West Georgia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Janet Lee Mitchell, June 2016. First materials arrived March 2018. The second grouping of materials were donated by Donna L. McCormick in January 2019. Additions to this collection were gifted by Janet Lee Mitchell in May 2019.

Processing Information note

Processed by Russ Lenox, 2018, Blynne Olivieri, 2019, and Jennah Marston, May 2019.



Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights transferred to the University of West Georgia.

Container List


Series I: EEG Charts, 1971-1974

Box: 1-2



11EEG Box 1. Swann #12 EMs (36,501-37,000), 1971-1973
2EEG Box 2. Swann (8), 1972
3EEG Box 3. Swann (9), 1972
4EEG Box 4. Swann Precog #1 (58,501-59,000), 1972-1973



21EEG Box 5. Swann #10 (57,501-58,000), 1972
2EEG Box 6. Swann Precog #2 (46,001-46,500), 1973
3EEG Box 7. Precog #5 (28,501-29,000), 1972-1974

Series II: Papers, 1968-2018

Box: 3

"Addendum," unsigned, undated
"Appendix 1," Kenneth J. Batcheldor, 1968
Charts - Table Levitations, 1972-1973
College of Psychic Studies (London) - Autumn Session bulletin, 1975
Correspondence, 1970-1978, 2018
Daventry PK Sittings, No. 65-71 (Audio Cassette), undated
Daventry PK Sittings, No. 65-71 (CD), undated
Notes, undated
"Outline of the Programme of the Geoffrey Hill Group", approx. 1970s
Photographs - in England, 1975
"Proposed Long-Range 'Triangular' ESP Latency Experiment...," Colin Brookes-Smith, 1974
"The Religious Experience Research Unit, Manchester College, Oxford," Alister Hardy, 1968

Series III: Correspondence, 1972-2000

Box: 4-7



41Correspondence, 1972-1973
2Correspondence, 1974
3Correspondence, 1975
4Correspondence, 1976
5Correspondence, 1977-1978
6Correspondence, 1980



51Correspondence, 1981
2Correspondence, 1982
3Correspondence, 1983
4Correspondence, 1984
5Correspondence, 1986
6Correspondence, 1987
7Correspondence, 1988



61Correspondence, 1989
2Correspondence, 1990
3Correspondence, 1991
4Correspondence, 1992-1993
5Correspondence, 1994-1995
6Correspondence, 1996-1997
7Correspondence, 1998-2000



71Correspondence-Nester, Marian; Gertrude Schmeider; and more, 1975-1997
2Correspondence-Swann, Ingo (folder 1 of 2), 1972-1993
3Correspondence-Swann, Ingo (folder 2 of 2), 1972-1993

Series IV: Topical and Research Files, 1971-2001

Box: 7-9



74American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR)-Business (folder 1 of 2), 1980-2001
5American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR)-Business (folder 2 of 2), 1980-2001
6American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR)-Study Group, 1973-1988
7American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR)-Voting Members Steering Committee, 1980-1985



81Harary, Blue, 1972
2Harary, Blue, 1972-1974
Correspondence discusses Ingo Swann and experiments in which Swann was the subject.
3Information Services for Psi Education (ISPE), 1973-1976
4Kleros, Mary Angel, 1972
5Mitchell Research Files-Jet Propulsuion Laboratory (Catalano), 1986-1988
6Mitchell Research Files-Hill, Patricia, 1990-1991, undated
7Mitchell Research Files-Research Poss., 1988-1989, undated



91Sherman, Harold, 1972-1990
2Swann, Ingo-American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) (folder 1 of 2), 1971-1976
3Swann, Ingo-American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) (folder 2 of 2), 1971-1976