Skip to main content

Howard Lotsof correspondence and other materials

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 91

Scope and Contents

The Howard Lotsof correspondence and other materials contains an article and bibliography on ibogaine, clippings, correspondence with David Solomon, and other correspondence.


  • 1957-2010
  • Majority of material found within 1964


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Biographical Information

Howard Stephen Lotsof was born in the Bronx on March 1, 1943 to Abner and Lillian Weiner Lotsof.  He majored in film at New York University and received his bachelor’s degree in 1976.  At 19 years of age, Lotsof was addicted to heroin until one of his friends, who was a chemist, offered ibogaine to him.  When he took the ibogaine, the trip lasted for a very long time and Lotsof was exhausted by the time the substance wore off.  He noticed that during his long trip on ibogaine, he did not suffer any withdrawal symptoms from not taking heroin.  Lotsof quit taking heroin stating, “The next thing I knew, I was straight.” This along with the fact that he was able to view the world without fearing it made Lotsof consider the benefits of ibogaine to drug addicts.  Lotsof asserts that of the six of his friends who were addicted to heroin, five of them immediately quit the drug after taking ibogaine.  He became a life-long advocate for ibogaine and its healing powers for drug addicts.  In 1983, Lotsof founded the Dora Weiner Foundation (named after his grandmother) to develop ibogaine as a medication and to disseminate information about chemical dependence; he also used the foundation to refer people to treatment.  In 1986, he received a patent for the use of ibogaine as a remedy for heroin and cocaine addiction.  While Lotsof had a difficult time gaining funds and support, Leo Zeff was a strong supporter of his work and donated $25,000, which was used to fund the first international ibogaine symposium in Paris.  Lotsof continued his advocacy for the use of ibogaine as a treatment for addiction until his death from liver cancer on January 31, 2010.

Sources: Hevesi, Dennis. “Howard Lotsof dies at 66; found drug treatment in an African plant.” New York Times. 17 February 2010: NA(L). Gale Biography In Context. Web. 9 December 2011. “Howard S. Lotsof.” Erowid Vault. 9 December 2011.


0.20 Cubic Feet (One half-width legal-size manuscript box)


Collection material is arranged by subject.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Michael Horowitz of Flashback Books, June 1, 2011.
Howard Lotsof correspondence and other materials
Under Review
Stephanie Schmitz, Kristin Leaman, and Serena Potter
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed December 2, 2011.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States