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International Association for the Preservation of Spiritual and Occult Periodicals (IAPSOP)

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International Association for the Preservation of Spiritual and Occult Periodicals (IAPSOP)

Post by Candlelight.kk on Fri 15 Sep 2017, 5:18 pm

International Association for the Preservation of Spiritual and Occult Periodicals (IAPSOP)

IAPSOP was formed in late 2009, when it became apparent to IAPSOP's founders that (a) the repository libraries traditionally expected to retain Spiritualist and occult periodicals were in many cases removing these from circulation, or from their collections entirely; (b) that independent students and researchers were in some cases duplicating effort and expense to have materials preserved digitally, largely for their private use; and (c) that digital libraries like Google Books were completely indifferent to the special curatorial problems of periodical literature generally, and occult literature in particular.

The deterioration of the primary historical source material in occult studies continues apace. For this field of study, this material consists, in a large part, in newspapers and periodicals, which are especially subject to decay and which need to be preserved in digital form. These periodicals, for the most part, were small-run, and, because of their subject matter, and were not sought out by librarians or archivists, even when they were current. Consequently, researchers in the field of occult studies now often find that, in order to pursue their inquiries, they must travel to far-flung libraries and rare book archives in order to piece together and read through incomplete periodical runs, at significant cost. The real impact of this is that modern historical research on the occult is all too often superficial and overly reliant on secondary sources.

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