Conference PHCP|2018 -Moving Forward- Canada

The success of the previous Preserving Historical Collections of Parapsychology (PHCP) will now be followed by a 2nd PHCP in 2018. From Friday, May 11th to Sunday 13th May, 2018, the PHCP|2018 meeting will be held in Winnipeg, Canada. The purpose of this meeting will be: ‘Moving forward in Preserving the Historical Collections of Parapsychology’. Simply preserving the historical collections of Parapsychology is namely not enough. Nowadays we face the question of what to collect, how do we reach a broader audience and how to digitalize and raise money. This meeting will try answer a broader question: How will a historical collection of Parapsychology move forward in the future? This meeting is intended as a practical discussion forum for librarians, archivists and other professionals who have responsibility for preservation of paranormal collections. See more information below.




Dates:  Friday to Monday, 11 to 14 May 2018

Place:  University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Host Institution:  University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Purpose:  Those of us working to preserve the historical collections of parapsychology, including original research archives, published library materials, rare artifacts, and large sets of scientific data, need new ways of thinking about and promoting ourselves and our collections. We need new means of service delivery to be able to move forward in a more deliberate and consistent manner than is currently possible.

Target Attendees:  20 to 30


  • University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
  • Survival Research Institute of Canada





Registration:  Though there will NOT be a fee to participate in the meeting, we require advance registration to be able to organize appropriate seating for the meeting and group activities. If you haven’t registered yet, please contact:


Walter Walter Meyer zu Erpen, MAS
Volunteer Archives and Records Consultant
Phone:  1-250-885-9258


Shelley Sweeney, PhD, Director
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Phone:  1-204-474-6350


On-Campus Accommodation:  $83.96 CDN (incl. taxes) for a single room with twin-sized bed and private bathroom (Pembina Hall); or $167.92 CDN (incl. taxes) for two bedrooms, each with a double bed, and a shared kitchenette (Arthur Mauro).  During the summer, the University of Manitoba Student Residences are open to guests visiting from all over the world – subject to availability, you are welcome to book for as long as you like.


Archives of Parapsychology Exhibit:  An exhibit showcasing records from the T.G. Hamilton collection and other parapsychological materials will be on display in the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections reading room during the meeting.


Other Activities:  Evening meals will be organized at delicious eateries in downtown Winnipeg that will allow participants to see a bit of Winnipeg.

Participants are encouraged to take advantage of travelling to Winnipeg to take in local sitesThe polar bear conservation effort “Journey to Churchill, an international-calibre collection of Indigenous artifacts from the Hudson’s Bay Company at the Manitoba Museum, the Inuit and local art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, or for something different, Thermea Spa (, all offer something interesting for visitors.

Some of you may also wish to plan a side trip to visit the stunning turquoise lakes and towering mountains of Banff National Park in Alberta or witness the powerful majesty of Niagara Falls. The bustling urban centres of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal are easily reached from Winnipeg by plane. Slower train travel is also available.


We look forward to welcome you in Winnipeg!