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Psychoactive Substances. Betsy Gordon Psychoactive Substances Research Collection

 Collecting Area
Identifier: Psychoactive Substances
This collection was established in 2006 with generous funding provided by the Betsy Gordon Foundation. This unique collection of materials documents the history of psychoactive substances and their applications for medicine and healing.

Found in 33 Collections and/or Records:

Anesthetic Inspiration manuscript

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 192
Scope and Contents Contains John S. Hannon's unpublished manuscript, "Anesthetic Inspiration".

Dennis J. McKenna papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 213
Abstract The Dennis J. McKenna papers contain unpublished manuscripts, field reports, journals of personal reflections, photographs, and correspondence pertaining to Dennis and Terence McKenna’s intellectual and research interests.

Gary Fisher papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 84
Scope and Contents The Gary Fisher papers contains a notebook of Fisher's anecdotes including recollections of his colleague Joyce Martin, patient notes pertaining to LSD psychotherapy treatments for children suffering from mental illness, articles and reports, his doctoral thesis, academic transcripts, his curriculum vitae, correspondence, and photographs.

George Greer papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 66
Scope and Contents The George Greer papers documents his research on MDMA. The collection contains a questionnaire, article, notes, graphs, and several case reports on his research subjects. The case studies are transcriptions from handwritten notes on the 29 subjects who are mentioned in Greer’s published papers. According to Greer, there are approximately 50 handwritten reports on other subjects still in his possession, which may be donated in the future.

Grof Celebration Dinner & Program

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20150508

Stanislav Grof papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 1
Abstract This collection contains writings that document the career and research interests of psychiatrist and author Stanislav Grof. It consists primarily of published research articles and clippings discussing the therapeutic effects of psychoactive substances as well as some first-hand accounts of transcendental experiences.

Stephen Hancoff papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 103
Abstract This collection documents Belle Hancoff’s two LSD sessions guided by Walter Pahnke along with the help of Helen Bonny, as well as Pahnke’s discussion of Belle Hancoff’s battle with cancer in a letter to Lewis Hancoff. Stephen Hancoff discusses his mother’s illness in a response to Alexander Zaitchik’s article "lashback! Psychedelic Research Returns," and he also mentions his relationship to William Richards and Stanislav Grof.

Harvard Psilocybin Project records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 98
Abstract The Harvard Psilocybin Project memos, reports and meeting minutes (1 folder; circa 1961-1962) documents the therapeutic use of psilocybin on inmates at the Concord Prison with Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert, George Litwin, James Ciarlo, Mike Kahn, Gunther Weil, and Timothy Leary.

Milan Hausner booklet

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 76
Scope and Contents The Milan Hausner collection contains a photocopy of his self-published booklet on LSD therapy in Czechoslovakia entitled "Psyche In Statu Nascendi, LSD Behind the Iron Curtain, Czechoslovakia, 1954-1974".

Abram Hoffer correspondence

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 88
Abstract This collection contains one letter from Abram Hoffer to Ralph Metzner, in which Hoffer gives Metzner permission to use his Berkely LSD paper.

Albert Hofmann correspondence and other materials

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 89
Abstract The Albert Hofmann correspondence and other materials contains correspondence with Ralph Metzner and Rolf von Eckartsberg, a photocopy of Hofmann's patent for LSD, photographs of Hofmann, a brochure for U.C. Santa Cruz Symposium (1982), and clippings on Hofmann.

Hollywood Hospital program and lecture notes

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 90
Abstract The collection contains carbon copies of panel talks presented by doctors at the 1957 LSD-25 program at Hollywood Hospital.

Aldous Huxley papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 83
Scope and Contents This collection contains three letters.  Two letters concern Huxley’s novel Island, and are addressed to L. Rust Hills, who was the fiction editor at Esquire magazine from 1956 until 1963. One letter concerns the clinical availability of LSD and references the pharmaceutical companies that were manufacturing LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin in 1961.

Jan Irvin manuscript

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 65
Scope and Contents The Jan Irvin manuscript contains the article "Wasson and Allegro on the Tree of Knowledge as Amanita" by Michael Hoffman and Jan Irvin.

Jean Millay papers

 Collection — Box Box 1
Identifier: MSP 63
Scope and Contents The Jean Millay papers (1964-2001; 0.2 cubic feet) contains a DVD of the 2001 film The Psychedelic Experience by Millay and Allen Willis and an article by Millay. The collection also documents Millay's friendship with Timothy Leary and contains photocopies of pictures, correspondence, and an article on Leary.

John W. Allen digital images and writings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 73
Scope and Contents The John W. Allen digital images and writings (2001-2002; 0.2 cubic feet) documents Allen's research on entheogenic fungi.

Darrell Lemaire papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 64
Scope and Contents The Darrell Lemaire papers contains the pamphlet "Smart Pills: or Compounds that Increase the Capacity for Mental Work in Humans" and a synthetic methods index by Lemaire.

Howard Lotsof correspondence and other materials

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 91
Abstract This collection contains correspondence between Howard Lotsof and David Soloman. It documents Lotsof's work with ibogaine as well as other psychotropic drugs. The collection also contains and article on ibogaine that was suggested to Lotsof by Ralph Metzner along with an ibogaine bibliography from CIBA Pharmaceutical Company and a clipping concerning Lotsof's research.

Marlene Dobkin de Rios papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 72
Abstract The Marlene Dobkin de Rios papers documents De Rios' anthropological research on hallucinogens and contains correspondence, biographical clippings, papers, conference materials, and article reprint request cards.

Maryland Psychiatric Research Center LSD Professional Training Program Study files

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 170
Abstract This collection contains clinical evaluations and personal narratives documenting LSD sessions administered during The Maryland Psychiatric Research Center's professional training program.

Terence McKenna recordings

 Collection
Identifier: MSP 185
Abstract A collection of seven audio cassettes distributed by Dolphin Tapes (Big Sur, California) containing Terence McKenna lectures and radio interviews recorded from 1981 to 1983.

Ralph Metzner collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 56
Abstract This collection contains articles and publications collected by Ralph Metzner that explore different aspects of the progression of psychoactive substance research, including scientific research, politics, and religion.

David E. Nichols papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 468
Abstract The David E. Nichols papers contain biographical documents, correspondence, laboratory notes, scholarly manuscripts, grant applications, and other materials pertaining to the career of Purdue Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology Professor David E. Nichols.

Psychoactive Substances Research Collection clippings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 61
Scope and Contents The Psychoactive Substances Research Collection clipping files contain ) clippings and print-outs of online postings of relevance to psychoactive substances, psychoactive substances research, and those involved in this field of study.

Psychoactive Substances Research Collection scholarly articles

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 60
Scope and Contents This collection contains photocopies and reprints of published scholarly articles by those involved in psychoactive substances research.