NYPL Buys Leary Archive

Some big news from the NYPL late last week -- it purchased over three hundred boxes of material belonging to psychologist and author Timothy Leary, who advocated the use of  “psychedelic substances to promote psychological well-being, increased creativity, and spiritual renewal” for a trippy $900,000. The archive contains letters, manuscripts, photographs, video and audio tapes, posters and flyers, Harvard research notes, government documents, and more, dating from the 1920s to his death in 1997. Allen Ginsburg, Aldous Huxley, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey (and G. Gordon Liddy!) -- they’re all here. Read more about the acquisition in the New York Times and the New Yorker.
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