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C. Leroy Ellenberger Correspondence Concerning Immanuel Velikovsky


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Ellenberger, C. Leroy

Charles Leroy Ellenberger (born 1942) was a one-time advocate and now critic of controversial psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and author, Immanuel Velikovsky and his works on catastrophism. Ellenberger served as senior editor of the Velikovskian journal Kronos; but around 1984, he began publishing criticisms, having concluded that Velikovsky's scientific claims were baseless.

The collection consists of letters to and from Ellenberger related to an article he published in the journal Kronos that focused on the then-recent publication of Velikovsky's Stargazers and Gravediggers: Memoirs to Worlds in Collision (1983). Correspondents include those affiliated with Macmillan Publishers and academics who had published reviews of Worlds in Collision upon its publication in 1950: Freeman Dyson, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, J. Randall Williams, George Platt Brett, E. M. Thorndike, Charles L. Skelley, Henry B. McCurdy, Wasley S. Krogdahl, and Frank K. Edmondson. Also included is a copy of a letter from Immanuel Velikovsky to Freeman Dyson.

Original order was maintained during 2016 processing.

Gift of C. Leroy Ellenberger in 2016. (AM 2016-56)

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in February 2016. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in February 2016.

No materials were separated during 2016 processing.

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Collection Inventory

Freeman J. Dyson, Immanuel Velikovsky, and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, 1978-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

J. Randall Williams, 1983-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

J. Randall Williams and George Platt Brett, 1983-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Charles L. Skelley and Henry B. McCurdy, 1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Edward M. Thorndike, 1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Wasley S. Krogdahl and Frank K. Edmondson, 1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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