Galbreath, Robert (Carroll) (1938-)

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Galbreath, Robert (Carroll) (1938-)

Writer and editor on folklore, popular culture, and the occult. He was born October 24, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended the University of Michigan (A.B. with high honors, 1960; Ph.D., 1970) and Harvard University (A.M., 1961). He was awarded a Woodrow Wilson fellowship for 1960-61. He taught at Bowling Green State University, Ohio (1965-70) and then became a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Twentieth Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (1972-74). He taught at the University of Wisconsin for several years before moving to a position at the Northwestern University library in Evanston, Illinois.

Galbreath has had a longstanding interest in the occult and has published a number of articles in various scholarly journals. He is a member of the American Society for Psychical Research and the Popular Culture Association. Through the latter he published his main book, The Occult: Studies and Evaluations (1972). He also served as the associate editor for Explorations: A Newsletter of Research into the Occult.


Galbreath, Robert C. "Arthur Edward Waite, Occult Scholar and Christian Mystic: A Chronological Bibliography." Bulletin of Bibliography 30, no. 2 (April-June 1973).

. "History of Modern Occultism: A Bibliographical Survey." Journal of Popular Culture 5, no. 3 (winter 1971).

, ed. The Occult: Studies and Evaluations. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1972.