Mark Demarest has announced the release of the most recent upgrade for the ‘Standard Spiritualist and Occult Corpus‘ – an incredibly in depth digital archive of material being amassed by the International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals:

“Tonight, IAPSOP turned on Release 2.0 of the Standard Spiritualist and Occult Corpus (SSOC).

The SSOC now clocks in at 2700+ titles: more than 1.3 million pages of indexed Spiritualist and occult non-fiction from the 1790s until 1940.

Release 2.0 provides more than 500 new and updated titles, and marks the beginning of the re-indexing of the SSOC using a third-party embedded indexing engine superior to the Adobe Acrobat in-built OCR facility, for higher-fidelity searches.”

The work that the IAPSOP is doing to preserve these documents is incredibly important, as much of this material is in danger of disappearing as libraries and organizations disburse their collections due to funding and space constraints. Having access to this material in a digital format also allows researchers and interested individuals to discover the true depth and breath of this area of human experience which often finds itself pushed to the margins in the historical accounts provided by mainstream media. 

To access the archive and for more instructions head over to Mark’s blog by Clicking Here

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