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- Stephen Abrams (1938-2012): archive
- Archives and manuscripts
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About this work
PP/SAB/A/1: University of Chicago papers
PP/SAB/A/2: Postgraduate studies administrative papers
PP/SAB/A/3: Postgraduate academic research
PP/SAB/A/4: Parapsychology work files
PP/SAB/A/5: Parapsychology correspondence files
PP/SAB/A/6: Carl Jung papers
PP/SAB/A/7: Essays and writings for publication
PP/SAB/A/8: Parapsychology societies
PP/SAB/A/9: Collated parapsychology reading
After studying at Shimer College, Chicago and the University of Chicago, Abrams moved to England in 1960 to to work on an extrasensory perception (ESP) doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford. He headed the University's parapsychology laboratory at the Department of Biometry. In the summer of 1961 he visited Duke University to participate in LSD experiments with J.B. Rhine and in 1962 he visited the Soviet Union to discuss ESP research with Russian parapsychologist Leonid Vasiliev.
The University of Oxford closed down the Parapsychology Laboratory in 1964 and Abrams temporarily moved to the University of Cambridge to take up the Perrett-Warrick Studentship of Trinity College. He returned to Oxford in 1965 to write up his D.Phil thesis and he sat his viva but was never awarded a PhD.
Whilst at the University of Chicago, Abrams had become interested in Carl Jung's concept of synchronicity. He believed parapsychology could be used to test the concept and in 1957 he began a correspondence with Jung that lasted until Jung's death in 1961. His interest in Jung and his work lasted throughout Abrams' life and in 1978 presented three lectures on BBC Radio 3 under the title "Misunderstanding Jung".