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Stanley Krippner papers

Identifier: MS-0063

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains alphabetical files, appointment books, correspondence, course materials for Saybrook University and Sofia University, manuscript drafts and page proofs for Human Possibilities, notes, photograph albums, scrapbooks, notebooks, VHS and cassette tapes, files, additional personal items, a survey given to psychedelic artists, and other materials.


  • 1932-2022

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights have been transferred to the University of West Georgia.

Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Stanley Krippner was born in Edgerton, Wisconsin, on October 4, 1932. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he received his B.S. in 1954. He then attended Northwestern University and received his M.A. in 1957 and his Ph.D. in 1961.

Krippner worked as a speech therapist for the city of Warren, Illinois from 1954 to 1955 and for the public schools of Richmond, Virginia from 1955 to 1956. He was the director of the Kent State University Child Study Center from 1961 to 1964 and served as director of the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory in Brooklyn, New York from 1964 to 1973.

In the American Psychological Association, Krippner was President of Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology) from 1980 to 1981 and President of Division 30 (Society of Psychological Hypnosis) from 1997 to 1998.

In the field of parapsychology, Krippner's two major research contributions were on dream telepathy while at Maimonides and the Magenta Project which was conducted with Amyr Amiden in Brazil.

Krippner has written on various topics in including altered states of consciousness, dream telepathy, dissociations, shamanism, and parapsychological phenomena. Krippner is a Distinguished Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies and has authored or co-authored 20 books and served as editor for countless others.


88.25 Linear feet (96 boxes)




Papers of Stanley Krippner, a renowned humanistic psychologist whose focus of study includes dreams, altered states of consciousness, hypnosis, shamanism, dissociation, and parapsychological subjects.

Arrangement note

Organized into series: I. Materials transferred from Kent State University; II. Alphabetical Files; III. Special Files; IV. Photograph Albums and Scrapbooks; V. Teaching Files; VI. Miscellaneous; VII. Additional Materials Gifted in 2019; VIII. Additional Materials Gifted in 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The first series of the materials were transferred from Kent State University Libraries, Department of Special Collections and Archives, in January 2016. Two alphabetical files (Swann, Roll) were donated by Stanley Krippner in November 2014. The alphabetical files, course materials, and other items were donated in May 2018. Scrapbooks and albums were donated in October 2018. Additional materials of scrapbooks, photograph albums, notebooks, VHS and cassette tapes, files, and additional personal items were gifted in March 2019 and September 2022.

Related Archival Materials note

Other locations for Stanley Krippner materials include:

University of Manitoba

Rice University Library holds approximately 18 boxes of Krippner's publication files which include articles, pre-prints, and correspondence.

General note

Finding aid written by Andrea Laubstein and Erin Wright, 2018, with additions made in 2019 and 2022.

Processing Information note

Processed by Candice Larson in 2016; Andrea Laubstein and Erin Wright in 2018; and Bernadette Hernandez in 2022.

Selected portions of this collection have been digitized and are available in the Special Collections research guide at

Guide to the Stanley Krippner papers MS-0063
Finding aid prepared by Andrea Laubstein and Erin Wright, additions added by Bernadette Hernandez, Fall 2022
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Language of description note
Description is in English
Support for this acquisition came in part from the Swann-Ryder Acquisitions and Collaborations fund.

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