Esoteric and metaphysical literature collection Edit


MSS 311 large


  • 1970-1976 (Creation)


  • 4.4 Linear Feet (Whole)
    5 boxes



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Collection of esoteric and metaphysical literature, MSS 311, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Acquisition was received in 1969.

  • Processing Information

    The Collection of esoteric and metaphysical literature was processed by Julia Frankosky in July 2008 and updated by Kristine Lawless, 2016.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Dr. Bruce P. Tracy, a professor at The Small College at California State College began in the 1970s to collect various materials pertaining to esoteric and metaphysical studies following his doctoral work on the inner consciousness at Michigan State University. This collection consists of many different subjects within the esoteric and metaphysical sphere. Some of these topics include pseudo-sciences such as astrology and parapsychology, alternative medicines like acupuncture, and material from various fringe religions, primarily in the California area.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Esoteric and metaphysical literature collection contains over 280 items consisting of pamphlets, brochures, flyers, newsletters, book catalogues, and other documents, covering such subjects as parapsychology, oriental and alternative medicines, meditation, spiritual healing, UFOlogy, the philosophies of various religious traditions, and various other esoteric and metaphysical topics.

  • Arrangement

    The Esoteric and metaphysical literature collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.