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Stephen Hancoff papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 103

Scope and Contents

The Stephen Hancoff papers contains typed and written notes of Belle Hancoff's two LSD sessions under the guidance of Walter Pahnke and music therapist, Helen Bonny, as well as a letter from Walter Pahnke to Lewis Hancoff about the status of Belle Hancoff's battle with cancer.  Stephen Hancoff also includes with the collection his reflections and response to Alexander Zaitchik's article "Flashback! Psychedelic Research Returns" on Salon.com, which is in the collection.

Dates

  • 1968 - 2011

Creator

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.

Extent

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

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.

Arrangement

Material is arranged as received.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Stephen Hancoff, December 21, 2011.

Related Materials

MSP 68, William Richards collection of Walter Pahnke papers, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Title
Stephen Hancoff papers
Status
Under Review
Author
Kristin Leaman and Serena Potter
Date
2018-01-30
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Edition statement
Second 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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