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William Richards papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 67

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates

  • 1962 - 2009

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material is primarily in English. German is also present.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

To the extent that he owns the copyright, the donor has assigned the copyright of his works to the Archives; however, copyright of some items in this collection may be held by their respective creators.

Biographical Information

William A. Richards earned his BA (cum laude) in Philosophy and Psychology from Albion College in 1962 and his M.Div. from Yale University in 1965. In 1966, he graduated with an Master of Sacred Theology (cum laude) in Psychology from Andover-Newton Theological School and later obtained a PhD in Counseling from the Catholic University in Washington DC in 1975. He has also completed graduate work at Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany and Bradeis University. Richards has held several impressive positions as a research assistant to Hanscarl Leuner, an interim minister, a research fellow, a psychotherapist, a research associate, an assistant professor, an associate professor, and a clinical supervisor. He researched the use of entheogens in the treatment of alcoholism, severe neuroses, narcotic addiction, and the psychological distress associated with terminal cancer, and also their use in the training of religious and mental-health professionals from 1967 to 1977. Currently, Richards is a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the senior fellow for the Council on Spiritual Practices. He is widely published in the field of psychoactive substances research and has collaborated with scholars such as Walter Pahnke, Stanislav Grof, R. R. Griffiths, Ralph Metzner, and several others.

Note written by Kristin Leaman

Extent

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

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.

Arrangement

Collection materials are arranged by subject.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by William Richards on August 29, 2011.

Related Materials

MSP 70, Charles Savage papers, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

MSP 68, William Richards collection of Walter Pahnke papers, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

MSP 1, Stanislav Grof papers, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

MSP 56, Ralph Metzner collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Title
William Richards papers
Status
Under Review
Author
Kristin Leaman and Serena Potter
Date
2018-02-12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed September 15, 2011.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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