ATG Quirkies: What Dark Wizard’s Secrets Lie Buried in Your Library’s Special Collections?

astrology symbolThe Daily Illini, an independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois, has uncovered a singular collection of books and journals! The Mandeville Collection, as it is known, is one of the few college occult sciences collections in the country and is housed in the University’s Social Sciences, Health and Education Library.

It got its start in 1966 via the generosity of retiring professor of commerce Merten J. Mandeville who donated his collection of 400 titles as well as funding for future acquisitions. The collection now offers interested readers from the college community as well as outside researchers “16,000 items that reveal supernatural beliefs or phenomena” ranging from divination to witchcraft to the study of crop circles.

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)

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