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Psychoactive Substances. Betsy Gordon Psychoactive Substances Research Collection

 Collecting Area
Identifier: Psychoactive Substances
This collecting area documents the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, and is particularly relevant given the re-emergence of psychedelic research that is happening today. The materials in this area document how psychedelic research in the United States was carried out and facilitated (particularly from the 1950s to the 1970s), how doctors administered these substances, how patients responded to these treatments, how policy and culture affected the research, and how this area of study has been slowly emerging as a valid form of inquiry and a several-decades long period of dormancy. Highlights include the papers of Charles Savage, William Richards, and Stanislav Grof, psychiatrists who were involved in major psychedelics research studies at the Spring Grove State Hospital in the 1960s; the papers of David Nichols, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Medicinal Chemistry who taught at Purdue from 1974 until 2012 and is internationally recognized for his work on psychedelics and MDMA as well as for playing a key role in the psychedelic renaissance; and other smaller collections which document various aspects of psychedelic research spanning a variety of disciplines. The collecting area is complemented by a large collection of rare and unique books.

Found in 43 Collections and/or Records:

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.

Psychedelic Summit "50th Anniversary Celebration of LSD" video recording

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 203
Scope and Contents The Psychedelic Summit VHS tape captures the fiftieth anniversary celebation of Albert Hofmann's discovery of LSD. The Summit took place in Santa Cruz, California from April 16th to April 18th, 1993, and featured nearly fifty talks from distinguided individuals on the therapeutic value of LSD. Footage inludes a dinner in Santa Cruz, a Psychedelics and Cannabis exposition at the Unitarian Church in San Francisco, and a rave in Golden Gate Park. Speakers include Bruce Eisner, Island Group; Dr....

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.

William Richards papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 67
Abstract The William Richards papers is a collection of articles and article reprints by William Richards. The articles discuss the use of LSD, DPT, psilocybin, and other entheogens for treating cancer patients and alcoholism, as well as for the study of religious and spiritual experiences. There is also a CD of a Sixty Minutes interview concerning LSD with Richards and a summary of the interview written by Richards.

Rick Strassman papers

 Collection — Box Box 1
Identifier: MSP 93
Abstract The Rick Strassman papers (1989-1991; 1 folder) contains correspondence, a DMT Rating Scale questionnaire, and an article reprint.

Thomas B. Roberts papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 71
Scope and Contents The Thomas B. Roberts papers documents his research in psychoactive substances through articles, clippings, correspondence, conference materials, and a course syllabus.

Charles Savage papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 70
Abstract The Charles Savage papers documents his professional and personal life focusing on his research concerning the therapeutic use of LSD and marijuana, his stay and research in West Africa, and his involvement with Spring Grove State Hospital, Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, and Friends of Psychiatric Research. The collection contains personal manuscripts, articles, grant applications, patient notes, and correspondence.

David Solomon papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 92
Abstract The David Solomon papers contain professional correspondence as well as information pertaining to psychological studies with psychotropic drugs. Solomon's correspondence with Robert Burdett and correspondence pertaining to "Flight to Reality" represents a large portion of the collection.

Stanislav Grof papers, addition 18

 Unprocessed — Box 1
Identifier: 20130319

Stanislav Grof papers, addition 28

 Unprocessed — Box Communal Accession 41
Identifier: 20181101

Varro E. Tyler papers

 Collection — Box Communal Collections 39, Placement: 12
Identifier: MSF 395
Scope and Contents The collection consists of one folder which contains the title page from some of Varro Tyler's published articles and theses. There is also a list of published works.

Sanford Unger papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 69
Abstract The Sanford Unger papers contains several articles concerning the effects of psychedelic drugs on alcoholics and individuals suffering from neurotic disorders, as well as the implication of those drugs on religious visions and mysticism. The collection also contains the correspondence between Aldous and Laura Huxley and Sanford Unger, as well as a DVD of "LSD: The Spring Grove Experiment."

William Richards collection of Helen Bonny materials

 Collection — Box Box 1
Identifier: MSP 77
Scope and Contents The William Richards collection of Helen Bonny materials (1976-2010; 0.25 cubic feet) continas a photocopy of Bonny's PhD thesis, a photograph (1998), and a photocopy of her obituary.

William Richards collection of Walter Pahnke papers

 Collection — Box Box 1
Identifier: MSP 68
Scope and Contents The William Richards Collection of Walter Pahnke papers (1952-1972; 0.2 cubic feet) contains materials that document the life and works of Walter Pahnke. It includes article reprints, a listing of his publications, a photograph of Pahnke, a summary of his doctoral thesis, his CV from 1970, an account of his first LSD experience, a poem by his wife, personal manuscripts, and his obituary are included in the collection.

Leo Zeff papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 74
Abstract The Leo Zeff papers contains photographs, reports, and correspondence that document Zeff's research on ibogaine.