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Collection Jule Eisenbud collection on Ted Serios and thoughtographic photography
Call Number Coll023
Creator Eisenbud, Jule;
Finding Aids Finding aid available.
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Date 1931-2001; bulk 1964-1989
Description 34 boxes (20 linear feet)
Scope & Content Contains Dr. Jule Eisenbud's collection of documents from his lifetime of research on a variety of subjects, with the bulk of material relating to his work on Ted Serios, thoughtography, thoughtographic photography, and his book "The World of Ted Serios." Includes an impressive number of correspondence, legal and medical documents, financial documents, experimental data, Eisenbud's clippings, Non-Eisenbud clippings, multimedia, and photographs.
Language English (eng)
Admin/Biographical History Dr. Jule Eisenbud (1908-1999), a researcher in psychoanalysis and psychology, met Ted Serios in 1961. Serios claimed that he had the ability to put images on film with his mind, a claim that Eisenbud later supported after a significant number of successful experiments under tightly controlled conditions. Eisenbud wrote a book on his research with Serios titled "The World of Ted Serios" in 1967 and continued to give speeches and defend thoughtography until his death in 1999.
Arrangement Organized into 11 series: Series I. Correspondence, 1931-1999. Series II. Medical and Legal Documents, 1942-1999. Series III. Financial Documents, 1966-1998. Series IV. Experiments, 1964-1988. Series V. Eisenbud Writings, 1937-1995. Series VI. Non-Eisenbud Writings, 1935-1987. Series VII. Awards, 1941-1972. Series VIII. Session Notes, 1936. Series IX. Artwork, 1967, n.d. Series X. Multimedia, 1964-2001. Series XI. Photographs, 1964-1989. Series XII. Artifacts, n.d.
Access Conditions No restrictions.
Copyrights Reproductions allowed for research purposes. Copyright maintained by the creator.
Citation Jule Eisenbud collection on Ted Serios and thoughtographic photography, Collection 23, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).
Provenance and Aquisition Information The collection was donated by Eric Eisenbud, son of Jule Eisenbud, arriving in three separate accessions. The first came from Denver Public Library on November 5, 2002, consisting of 14 boxes, including several boxes of books on various subjects in psychology. The second donation was delivered from the home of Eric Eisenbud, arriving in March of 2003 in 10 additional boxes. In August 2008 Eric Eisenbud sent the camera that Eisenbud and Serios used during the experiments as well as 16 DVDs created from film and BetaSP masters. Portraits of Jule Eisenbud, requested by a researcher and located in Series XI.4, were donated by Eric Eisenbud in May 2010; both digital files and prints were provided.
Processing Information This collection was processed under the supervision of Marcia Peri and completed in October 2005. The Jule Eisenbud Collection on Ted Serios and Thoughtographic Photography arrived with varying degrees of organization. Some correspondence, photographs, and experimental data was kept neatly organized, while the bulk was largely disordered. Whenever possible, original organization was maintained, and documents were simply transferred to archival folders. Due to the large amount of correspondence, only those contacts with at least 15 letters were given their own folder and organized alphabetically. The remainder was organized chronologically.

In the case of photographs, all original negatives and contact prints were kept with the actual shots, and left largely in the organizational manner they arrived in. The images have been arranged alphabetically by subject matter, with the majority of the images pertaining to some aspect of experimentation with Ted. These photographs were left in their original organization with the same titles, and simply transferred to archival folders. The photographs were reprocessed in March 2008 by Lindsey Loeper, Visiting Librarian; this phase of processing addressed preservation concerns and increased access to the numbered photographs used to illustrate Eisenbud’s book, The World of Ted Serios.

Offprints have been organized by date, with no more than two copies of each offprint. Any duplicates beyond a second were deaccessioned. Films have been assigned the original title whenever possible, which is indicated by quotation marks. When the film could not be viewed, or was an audio or video track, and had no title, it was labeled as unidentified. The majority of films were placed in archival film boxes, although those with metal tins in good condition were left in their original containers. Boxes 12 and 13 contain large films, and boxes 13-18 contain smaller films. The remaining containers that could not fit in boxes are notated as "Loose Film Canisters". The oversized VHS cassettes could not be played in a standard VCR, and as a result, the original titles have been maintained whenever available. The set of 'session notes' arrived in a mixed box in one large pile, and as a result of their peculiarity, have been placed in their own series.
Archivist Peri, Marcia
Format collections (object groupings)
Other Creators Serios, Ted;
People Eisenbud, Jule;
Serios, Ted;
Eisenbud, Eric;
Cottrell, Susie;
Kiyota, Masuaki;
Randi, James;
Subjects Eisenbud, Eric;
Cottrell, Susie;
Kiyota, Masuaki;
Randi, James;
Eisenbud, Jule -- Archives;
Spirit photography;
Year Range from 1931
Year Range to 2001