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Carlos S. Alvarado papers

Identifier: MS-0097

Scope and Contents

The Carlos S. Alvarado papers contain audio-visual materials, awards, bibliographies, book project files, booklets, brochures, certificates (copies), conference documents, correspondence, curriculum vitae, diaries, flyers, journal articles, typed letters, lecture outlines, notebooks, pamphlets, photographs, postcards, questionnaires, reprints, resumes, surveys, technical proposals, tests, and published and unpublished articles.

Subjects covered include the American Society for Psychical Research, animal magnetism,apparitions, aura vision, brain hemispheres, consciousness, dissociation, dreams, psi experiences and synesthesia, psychophyics, psychophysiology, mediumship, multiple personalities, and near-death experiences.


  • 1973 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

All rights held by Nancy L. Zingrone. After her death, rights will pass to the University of West Georgia.

Conditions Governing Use

Open to all users; no restrictions

Biographical / Historical

Carlos Salvador Alvarado (March 9, 1955 - July 16, 2021) was a researcher, educator, and author in the field of parapsychology. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Puerto Rico when his father was called back to serve in a governmental position. Alvarado received a BA in psychology at the University of Puerto Rico in 1978. He was awarded a MSc in parapsychology by John F Kennedy University in 1981, an MA in History by Duke University in 1989, and a PhD in psychology by the University of Edinburgh in 1997.

He wrote extensively on the histories of psychology, psychiatry, and psychical research. Other research areas included out-of-body experiences and other anomalous phenomena.

In the early part of his career, 1982 to 1986, Alvarado worked as a Research Assistant in the Division of Parapsychology, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, at the University of Virginia. Here he began a close association and friendship with Dr. Ian Stevenson.

Alvarado authored the book, Charles Richet: A Nobel Prize Winning Scientist's Exploration of Psychic Phenomena (2019); edited several others; co-produced the journal, Explorando Lo Paranormal; and wrote numerous articles. He was rigorously involved in professional organizations, serving as president of the Parapsychological Association (1995, 2002-2003), the Asociación Iberoamericana de Parapsicología (1995-1998), and the Southeastern Regional Parapsychological Association (1986).

Alvarado was married to Nancy L. Zingrone with whom he collaborated in much of his professional work.

Alvarado received many awards such as the 2010 Parapsychological Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award, the Parapsychological Association 2017 Outstanding Career Award, and the 2010 Harold and Sherry Crasilneck Award for Best First Paper on Hypnosis published in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis.

Carlos S. Alvarado died on July 16, 2021, at his home in Carrboro, North Carolina.


10.92 Linear feet (26 boxes)



Spanish; Castilian



Papers from the personal and professional life of Carlos S. Alvarado (1955-2021), researcher, educator, and author in the field of parapsychology.


Alvarado maintained alphabetical files, by topic or project, and by name of correspondent, throughout his career. Due to moving and somewhat frequent temporary storage of his files, Alvarado would sometimes create new files with the same titles. These files were fused during the processing of his papers as they were otherwise coherent in topic.

Files are divided into series: 1) topical files, 2) correspondence, and 3) diaries and audio-visual materials. Files within those series are arranged in alphabetical order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Nancy L. Zingrone, November 2021

Processing Information

Processed by Bernadette Hernandez, 2022.

Volunteer in Special Collections, Sara Adkins, generously donated time in 2022 to create item level descriptions for correspondence.

Guide to the Carlos S. Alvarado Papers
Bernadette Hernandez
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Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States