Gardner and Randi Signed Picture
July 10, 2017


Recently, Douglas Kinney, one of our regular donors of books and other library materials, came by our headquarters in Amherst, New York. As usual, he dropped off some books for our libraries. Additionally, he donated this rare photograph.

Margery Presentation Copy
February 16, 2017


One of the more sensational investigations of spiritualism occurred in the mid 1920s and involved a medium, a scientific magazine, a magician, a writer, a psychologist, and many others.

‘Ingersoll Done in Soprano’
February 3, 2017


While cataloging, an interesting find: a signed work by Helen H. Gardener

CFI Libraries Year in Review
January 6, 2017


You may have noticed that I do not blog as much as I have in the past. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to post more often and keep people better informed regarding the libraries here at CFI. I have been very busy with a few projects (which is one of the reasons why I do not write here as often), but here are a few of the more interesting ones that I am working on or have worked on this year.

Tarot Cards
September 18, 2015


CFI Libraries is home to a few sets of interesting modern tarot cards….

Ingersoll on Vivisection
April 29, 2015


In August, 2014, the Robert Green Ingersoll and the Reform Imperative conference was held at the Center for Inquiry. During that event, I was photographed showing Susan Jacoby a letter that Ingersoll wrote about vivisection (the image can be seen on Jacoby’s Wikipedia page). Vivisection is the practice of performing operations on live animals for the purposes of research.

CFI Libraries Announce the Martin T. Orne Collection
January 2, 2015


The Center for Inquiry Libraries (CFI Libraries) have acquired the collection of materials of Dr. Martin T. Orne (1927-2000), the eminent professor of psychiatry and psychology. Included in the Martin T. Orne, MD, PhD Collection are books, dissertations, audio-visual materials, as well as legal case files and correspondence files relating to Dr. Orne’s work in hypnosis, memory distortion (false memories), and lie detection.

Ingersoll and Bennett Portraits
November 5, 2014


Earlier this year, we received two paintings from the James Hervey Johnson Charitable Education Trust. These paintings might seem familiar to those who have more than a passing interest in Freethought history. Robert G. Ingersoll and D.M. Bennett are the subjects of these two portraits soon to be displayed at the Center for Inquiry.

Martin Gardner’s 100th Birthday
October 14, 2014


October 21st, 2014 will be Martin Gardner’s 100th Birthday. “The Father of the Modern Skepticism” was a polymath, magician, skeptic and writer. His book Fads and Fallacies In The Name of Science (Dover, 1957) was the work that kicked off the modern interest in skepticism.

Crimes Against Criminals, Book and Copper Printing Plate
September 22, 2014


The Robert G. Ingersoll Birthplace Museum in Dresden, NY has undergone a major overhaul, with expert assistance from the Exhibition Alliance, and reopened in 2014 with new displays and a new design. During this reconstruction and reworking of the displays, new ideas on how to display the various items were discussed frequently with the Exhibition Alliance and Tom Flynn, director of the museum. The Little Blue Book printing plate, shown here, is the original plate used to print Ingersoll’s Crimes Against Criminals, LBB no. 139.