Allison, Lydia Winterhalter

Allison, Lydia Winterhalter (1880–1959)

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Lydia Allison, an ardent psychical researcher in both America and Great Britain, helped found the Boston Society for Psychical Research in 1925. From 1921 through 1927 Allison made frequent trips to England in order to sit with various mediums including the famous Gladys Osborne Leonard.

Allison served as a Trustee of the American Society for Psychical Research from 1941 until her death in 1959, chairing its committee on publication from 1943 to 1959. She was also a member of the International Committee for the Study of Parapsychological Methods, part of the Society for Psychical Research in London. She attended the First International Conference of Parapsychological Studies in Utrecht, Holland, in 1953.


Shepard, Leslie A: Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology. New York: Avon Books, 1978