The Psychedelic History Project

From the early '60s through the mid '90s, Dr. Timothy Leary hired a press clipping service to collect all references to drugs found in the popular literature & took contributions from an army of friends and fans. Now that treasure trove of an archive represents a unique picture of the national response to the Psychedelic Revolution.

And since the New York Public Library didn't want it, I'm leaving NYC to spend the summer with Dr. Bruce Damer at his Digi-Barn on the mountain outside Santa Cruz to prep all those psychoactive newspaper articles that fill 16 large plastic bins. The plan is to upload the complete collection to Erowid & so they can be used by generations of psychedelic historians to come.

If you'd like to volunteer on this project & get a sneak peek at this crazy archive, shoot me an email:

If you'd like to donate to help cover materials for this (unpaid) gig to save the archive before it fades to dust,
pitch in at our Patreon page.


All images from Dr. Damer's selection of the gems of the collection that will soon be scanned in high res.

1st draft video from a few years ago explaining the project