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Gary Fisher papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 84

Scope and Contents

The Gary Fisher papers contains a notebook of Fisher's anecdotes including recollections of his colleague Joyce Martin, patient notes pertaining to LSD psychotherapy treatments for children suffering from mental illness, articles and reports, his doctoral thesis, academic transcripts, his curriculum vitae, correspondence, and photographs.


  • 1948 - 2000


Access Information

This collection contains sensitive patient information in the form of images. These images can be viewed by contacting Stephanie Schmitz, however the material cannot be reproduced until 2037.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Biographical Information

Gary Fisher was born in Canada on June 2, 1931. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Utah and received further training from Al Hubbard with the Saskatchewan Group. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Fisher treated children ranging from the ages of four to thirteen who suffered from autism and schizophrenia with LSD and psychotherapy. While not all of his patients showed improvement, several of the children did benefit and showed marked improvement. Fisher also used LSD and psychotherapy to help dying patients. Once LSD was made illegal in 1962, Fisher had to cease his LSD research. He served as an assistant professor in the Division of Behavioral Sciences and Healthy Education in the School of Public Health at UCLA and has published several articles on his LSD research with autistic and schizophrenic children, as well as on his treatment of dying patients. Among his publications are “Some Comments Concerning Dosage Levels of Psychedelic Compound For Psychotherapeutic Experiences,” “Successful Outcome of a Single LSD Treatment in a Chronically Dysfunctional Man,” and “Treatment of Childhood Schizophrenia Utilizing LSD and Psilocybin.” Fisher, now living in southern California, is also an artist who states that his own psychedelic experiences influenced his art. Sources: “Gary Fisher.” The Vaults of Erowid. Last modified August 17, 2011. “Gary Fisher, Ph.D….psychedelic research pioneer.” Matrix Masters. Lawrence Hagerty, 2000-2006.


0.50 Cubic Feet (One full-width legal-size manuscript box)

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Collection is arranged by subject.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Bess Granby, May 10, 2011.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of materials are available for research use. See our digital collections database e-Archives: Gary Fisher papers
Gary Fisher papers
Kristin Leaman and Serena Potter
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed June 27, 2011.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-04-06: Updated to meet new formatting requirements by Serena Potter.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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