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Collection on Belle Hancoff

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 103

Scope and Contents

The Collection on Belle Hancoff (1968-2011; 1 folder) contains copies of typed and written notes of Belle Hancoff's two LSD sessions under the guidance of Walter Pahnke and music therapist, Helen Bonny. It also includes a letter from Walter Pahnke to Belle’s son, Lewis Hancoff, about Belle’s prognosis. The collection also includes written recollections by Belle’s other son, Stephen Hancoff, primarily in response to Alexander Zaitchik's article "Flashback! Psychedelic Research Returns" on, which is also in the collection.


  • 1968 - 2011


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University.

Biographical or Historical Information

Stephen Hancoff is the son of Belle Hancoff and the brother of Lewis Hancoff.  His mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and was given LSD in a therapeutic setting twice under the guidance of Walter Pahnke and Helen Bonny during 1968.   Source: Stephen Hancoff papers. 1968-2011. Virginia Kelley Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University, Indiana.


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


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.


Material is arranged as received.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Stephen Hancoff, December 21, 2011.
Collection on Belle Hancoff
Under Review
Kristin Leaman and Serena Potter
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description was first completed January 30, 2012.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States