Timothy Leary Manuscripts and Ephemera,1940-1986.

Collection Number: 8593

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Timothy Leary Manuscripts and Ephemera, 1940-1986.
Collection Number:
8593
Creator:
McWhinnie, John
Quantity:
.6 cubic feet.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, manuscripts.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The materials by and relating to Leary in this collection were assembled by rare books and contemporary art dealer John McWhinnie.
Abstract:
This collection contains circa 150 items comprised of manuscripts and documents by Leary; letters to and from Leary, including additional correspondence concerning him; documents and manuscripts relating to Leary's colleagues and associates in the psychedelic movement, and the various institutions and organizations they created; and psychedelic-related ephemera.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Timothy Leary (1920-1996) was an American psychologist and writer known for advocating the exploration of the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The materials by and relating to Leary in this collection were assembled by rare books and contemporary art dealer John McWhinnie.
This collection contains circa 150 items comprised of manuscripts and documents by Leary; letters to and from Leary, including additional correspondence concerning him; documents and manuscripts relating to Leary's colleagues and associates in the psychedelic movement, and the various institutions and organizations they created; and psychedelic-related ephemera.
SUBJECTS

Names:
McWhinnie, John
Leary, Timothy, 1920-1996.

Subjects:
Drugs.
Psychotropic drugs.
Psychotropic drugs--History.
Psychotropic drugs--Social aspects.
Psychotropic drugs--Therapeutic use.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Timothy Leary Manuscripts and Ephemera, #8593. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Series I: Leary manuscripts and documents
1940-1950
Box 1 Folder 1
Typescript photocopy, Declaration of Independence for Dr. Timothy Leary. July 4, 1971 (Draft)
1971-07-04
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Statement defending Leary, with autograph note: "Allen Ginsberg arranged! / [sketch of smiling heart] / "Timothy Leary / 9-19-95." Draft text for pamphlet of the same title.
Box 1 Folder 2
Declaration of Independence for Dr. Timothy Leary. July 4, 1971
1971-07-04
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Box 1 Folder 3
The Interpersonal Dimension of Personality
1951-12
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Creator: Freedman, Mervin
Reprint from Journal of Personality. Vol. 20, no. 2. December, 1951. Pages 143-161
Box 1 Folder 4
Psychedelic Prayers after the tao te ching
1966
Creator: Leary, Timothy
New Hyde Park, N.Y.: University Books. n.d.
Box 1 Folder 5
Summary of the Dissertation Submitted in Partial Satisfaction of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
1950-12
Creator: Leary, Timothy Francis
University of California, Graduate Division, Northern Section.
Box 1 Folder 6
The Neo-American Church Catechism and Handbook: A Review by Timothy Leary
1967
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Box 1 Folder 7
A Constructive Proposal to End the LSD Crisis
Undated
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Box 1 Folder 8
Religious Implications of Consciousness Expanding Substances
1963-05-1963-06
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Creator: Clark, Walter Houston
Reprinted from Religious Education
Box 1 Folder 9
DMT Report
1962-12-10
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Description of personal DMT experience
Box 1 Folder 10
Session #16 - Zi. Subject #1
Undated
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Box 1 Folder 11
Untitled mimeographed typescript
1962-11
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Summary of LSD research at Harvard for a Los Angles audience
Box 1 Folder 12
Starseed Bulletin; Update: July 1974-February 1975
1975
Creator: Leary, Timothy
An addendum describing Leary's recent activities since the publication "of this book" (presumably Starseed).
Box 1 Folder 13
Partly printed check signed, ("Timothy Leary")
1955-12-01
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Check for five dollars payable to "NAACP," on American Trust Company account, Oakland, CA. Cancellation stamps.
Box 1 Folder 14
School and Society, Volume 64
1946-07-20
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Contains Leary's essay, "Progress Toward Solving the Problem of Race Relations," (pp. 41-43).
Box 1 Folder 15
Partial Typescript: First LSD Experiment
1962
Creator: Leary, Timothy
A typed description by Leary, heavily annotated, of his first meeting with Huxley, his initial purchase of LSD, and the group they gathered to conduct the first experiment (which included Huxley)
Box 1 Folder 16
Typescript Commodore Leri Story
Undated
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Box 1 Folder 17
"LSD - Tepoztlan"
1962-06
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Leary's description of taking LSD in Mexico and engaging in a threesome
Box 1 Folder 18
League for Spiritual Discovery
1966
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Description and purposes of the League for Spiritual Discovery, "a non-profit religious association" which advocated the use of LSD. Leary listed as first member of "Board of Guides" (p.5).
Box 1 Folder 19
United States Corps of Cadets Card, issued to Leary
1940
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Box 1 Folder 20
The Religious Experience: Its Production and Interpretation
1970
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Box 1 Folder 21
Typescript of "revision of the article on drugs," for Esquire magazine
1964-03-12
Creator: Leary, Timothy
With attached carbon of March 12, 1964 letter (unsigned) from Leary to Harold Hayes, editor of Esquire, resubmitting the manuscript; typewritten corrections throughout
Box 1 Folder 22
Reactions To Psilocybin Administered in a Supportive Environment.
1963-12
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Creator: Litwin, George H.
Creator: Metzner, Ralph
Reprint from The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol. 137, No. 6, December 1963
Box 1 Folder 23
Statement by Timothy Leary
1971
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Leary justifies his plea of not guilty to federal drug charges.
Box 1 Folder 24
Americans and Mushrooms in a Naturalistic Environment: A Preliminary Report
1962
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Creator: Litwin, George H.
Creator: Metzner, Ralph
Box 1 Folder 25
Annotated Partial Transcript of Interview
1975
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Three original typescript pages from a longer interview of Leary, which has been heavily edited and emended in autograph, possibly by him.
Box 1 Folder 26
Genetic Roulette Circuit 7
1972-12
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Original typescript
Box 1 Folder 27
"One night in the winter I crossed the Rockies…"
Undated
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Original typescript story featuring Little Richard, Fatty Arbuckle, Floyd Patterson, and talking goats.
Box 1 Folder 28
Draft annotated typescript, "HIP — new lead."
Undated
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Original typescript of article describing a San Francisco peace rally.
Box 1 Folder 29
A New Behavior Change Program Using Psilocybin
1965
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Creator: Metzner, Ralph
Creator: Weil, Gunther
Creator: Schwitzgebel, Ralph
Creator: Kinne, Sara
Box 1 Folder 30
Typescript essay, untitled. ("A journalist in the Haight-Ashbury is hung on a strange dilemma.")
Undated
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Annotated in Leary's hand
Box 1 Folder 31
Letter from James Goddard
1966-04-05
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Autograph notes in pencil and ink, on verso of circular letter, unsigned, from James Goddard, Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Box 2 Folder 12
A group of photocopied legal contracts between Leary and Michel- Gustave Hauchard relating to the publishing and film rights of various Leary works
1972
Many with original ink annotations in Leary's hand
Series II: Letters to and from Leary (and among his circle)
1961-1988
Box 1 Folder 32
Typed letter signed, "G" to "Timothy &."
1966-04-04
Creator: Unknown
Box 1 Folder 33
Photocopies of Correspondence with Allen Ginsburg
1962-1963
Creator: Ginsburg, Allen
Box 1 Folder 34
Photocopies of Correspondence with Aldous Huxley
1962-1963
Creator: Huxley, Aldous
Box 1 Folder 35
Autograph Letter Signed to Michael Hollengshead
1968-12-09
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Report on his happiness and optimism about his legal situation: "We too are enjoying Heaven…"
Box 1 Folder 36
Typed letter signed, "Tim" to "Attorney."
1970
Creator: Leary, Timothy
With: Photocopy of "United States of America vs. Timothy Leary: Change of Counsel."
Box 1 Folder 37
Autograph Letter Signed "T' to Dr. Gene Schoenfeld
1973-03-01
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Box 1 Folder 38
Autograph letter signed, "T" to "Michael"
1973-03-01
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Leary thanks him for sending various publications and speculates about possible titles for his forthcoming book.
Box 1 Folder 39
Autograph letter signed, "James Peter Cavagnaro" to "Jan."
Undated
Creator: Cavagnaro, James Peter
Writing from prison, he praises Leary's and Hesse's ideas on liberation and spiritual energy.
Box 1 Folder 40
Typed letter signed, "Walter" to "Betsy."
1973-04-06
Creator: Clark, Walter Houston
Together with: Appeal Against Further Trial & Persecution of Dr. Timothy Leary
Box 1 Folder 41
Typed letter signed, "Arthur Kleps" to "Mr. Volkening."
1964-06-08
Creator: Kleps, Arthur.
Box 1 Folder 42
Typed letter signed, "Paul" to "Tim or whoever."
1964-11-20
Creator: Krassner, Paul
Krassner inquiring if Leary will be conducting a seminar at Millbrook in late November
Box 1 Folder 43
Typed letter signed, "Paul" to "Tim, Dick, and Ralph."
1964-09-27
Creator: Krassner, Paul
Krassner informing Leary that his new article was to be entitled "Dr. Leary – or How I Learned to Transcend Ego and Expand My Consciousness (Notes from a Found Weekend)."
Box 1 Folder 44
Typed note signed, "A.C. Spectorsky" to "Dr. Leary."
1966
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Stapled to: Typed letter signed, from "Tim Leary" to "Mr.Spectorsky." With: Playboy Interview: Timothy Leary. Also with: Leary, Timothy. Typescript on Ira Cohen, LSD, and Cannabis
Box 1 Folder 45
Autograph letter signed, "Alan" to "Tim."
1963-05-29
Creator: Watts, Alan
Watts states that the both the FDA and Myron Stolaroff of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) suspected the current liquid LSD in circulation had very serious impurities
Box 1 Folder 46
Typed letter signed in type, "Your Flower Peter" to "Dr. Timothy Leary."
1961-01-05
Creator: Orlovsky, Peter
Orlovsky — Ginsberg's lover — writing Leary about his experiences with LSD.
Box 1 Folder 47
Autograph letter signed, "Ron" to "Tim"
Undated
Creator: Thelin, Ron
Box 1 Folder 48
Typed letters signed, "Art Kleps" to "Dr. Kissinger" and "Editor, Time Magazine."
1973-06-06-1973-04-25
Creator: Kleps, Arthur
Kleps writes Kissinger in the midst of the Watergate crisis, and states the good that might come if the conspirators ended up in the same prison as Leary
Box 1 Folder 49
Typed letter signed, "T" to "Beloved Joanna"
Undated
Creator: Leary, Timothy
A draft of Leary's "Signal From Galactic Transmission Center to Planet Earth," which presents as "call home" from extraterrestrial species to the human race.
Box 1 Folder 50
Typed letter signed, from "Richard Alpert" to "Dr. Hofmann"
1963-02-01
Creator: Alpert, Richard
A letter written by Alpert on behalf of Leary, who was in Mexico at the time.
Box 1 Folder 51
Typed letter signed, to Dr. Humphry Osmond, with partial draft
Creator: Metzner, Ralph
Metzner disputes Osmond's critical positionson both the Psychedelic Review and Leary.
Box 1 Folder 52
Autograph note signed, "Arthur" to unknown
Undated
Creator: Kleps, Arthur
Describing his travel plans
Box 1 Folder 53
Typed letter signed, from "Ralph" to "Joel."
1964
Creator: Metzner, Ralph
Metzger encloses (not present) several brochures about upcoming psychedelic seminars and workshops.
Box 1 Folder 54
Typed letter signed, from "Frances" to "Timothy."
Undated
Creator: Unknown
Box 1 Folder 55
Autograph letter signed, "Dr. Rene Bouvier."
Undated
Creator: Bouvier, Rene
On verso: Family Dog Presents Poster.
Box 1 Folder 56
Large brown mailing envelope, annotated and signed by Timothy Leary
1988-08
Creator: Leary, Timothy
Series III: Leary's circle
1963-1971
Box 1 Folder 81
Typescript Speech
1963
Creator: Unknown
A typewr
Box 1 Folder 82
Psychedelic Religious Celebrations
1966
Creator: League for Spiritual Discovery
Announcement of League for Spiritual Discovery meetings.
Box 1 Folder 83
The LSD Spiritual Revolution and Technological Change
1971
Creator: League for Spiritual Discovery
Sent as mailer; verso of second leaf franked and addressed in autograph from "B Ehrlich" in Van Nuys, CA
Box 1 Folder 84
Come and Share in the Magic of Millbrook Weekend Live-Ins
Undated
Creator: League for Spiritual Discovery
Box 1 Folder 85
The Illumination of the Buddha
Undated
Creator: League for Spiritual Discovery
Box 1 Folder 86
How to Use Your Head
1964
Creator: Psychedelic Review
Bibliography: Recent Publications About Theories and Research on Psychedelic Experiences.
Box 1 Folder 87
How to Play Trans-Personative Games
Undated
Creator: IFIF
With Photocopy of drawing of word sections; "Me" in the center
Box 1 Folder 88
Application for Membership to International Federation for Internal Freedom (IFIF)
1963-03-12
Creator: Kesey, Ken
Box 1 Folder 89
Program for the Re-Affirmation of the Eternal Union of Carol Mann and Bob Ross
Undated
Creator: Millbrook
With: Printed card, naming Leary as "presiding p
Box 1 Folder 90
Psychedelic Festival Theatre Invitations
1966
Creator: Leary Defense Fund
Invitation to a benefit for the Timothy Leary Defense Fund
Box 1 Folder 91
Neo-American Church Catechism and Handbook Brochure
Undated
Creator: Kleps, Arthur
Box 1 Folder 92
Emended Castalia Foundation Brochure
1964
Creator: Castalia
Together with: Card insert: "How to Use Your Head." Mass mailer for presentation by Leary and Alpert on Sunday, November 29, 1964, at Town Hall in New York. Leary has amended the brochure to eliminate both the Castalia Foundation and Richard Alpert's names throughout, and change the title to "Psychedelic Workshops Conducted by Timothy Leary, Ph.D. and Ralph Metzner, Ph.D."
Box 1 Folder 93
Psychedelic Sweatshirts Ordering Form Mailer
1965
Creator: Millbrook
Box 1 Folder 94
The Stoned and...The Unstoned
Undated
Creator: Kleps, Arthur
Box 1 Folder 95
Membership Application to "The Neo-American Church."
Undated
Creator: Kleps, Arthur
Box 1 Folder 96
Neo-American Church Bulletins
1965-12-1966-09
Creator: Kleps, Arthur
Invitation to a public baseball tournament, as well as other psychedelic news.
Box 1 Folder 97
Selected Bibliography on the Safety of LSD-25
Undated
Creator: Metzner, Ralph
A small selection of books and articles supporting the safety of LSD, some with additional quotes and reviews.
Box 1 Folder 98
Castalia Foundation Lecture Announcement Postcard
1965
Creator: Castalia
An announcement for a lecture by Leary and Richard Alpert.
Box 1 Folder 99
Program Flyer for Psychedelic Explorations
1965
Creator: Castalia
Box 1 Folder 100
Psychedelic Religious Celebration #1 and #2
Undated
Creator: League for Spiritual Discovery
Program for a League event, with Leary acting as "Guide," Ralph Metzner as "Harry, the Imprisoned Intellectual," and others in other roles.
Box 1 Folder 101
Psychedelic Review Subscription Materials
1963
Creator: Psychedelic Review
The Psychedelic Review with TLS, from Felix Morrow and Ralph Metzger as well as a Psychedelic Review Subscription Direct Mail Package.
Box 1 Folder 102
International Federation for Internal Freedom Membership Package
1963
Creator: IFIF
Including; Statement on LSD and Psilocybin; Application for Membership; I.F.I.F. Newsletters; Marketing Letter, Typed, to "Dear Friend" from Leary; Present Program: IFIF – Cambridge; New Statement of Purposes; Sample Letter Draft; Paradise Lost by Mexico LSD Colony; Page 3 of Mimeograph Letter; Note.
Box 1 Folder 103
Psychedelic Sessions
1965-1966 Fall/Winter
Creator: Psychedelic Review
A marketing brochure for a series of workshops led by Leary and Metzger
Box 1 Folder 104
Castalia Foundation Experiential Workshops
1965
Creator: Castalia
A marketing brochure for a series of weekend workshops led by Leary, Metzner, and Alpert at the Castalia Foundation in Millbrook.
Box 1 Folder 105
On "Alternative Realities," "Biverses," "Multiverses" and Occultism in General
Undated
Creator: Kleps, Arthur
An excerpt from Kleps's longer text, Millbrook.
Box 1 Folder 106
An Introduction to the Field of Consciousness Expansion
1965-12
Creator: O'Brien, Desmond
With an Outline of the Effects and Usage of the Psychedelic Drugs
Box 1 Folder 107
Chromosomal Abnormalities in Leukocytes From LSD-25 Users
Undated
Creator: Irwin, Samuel
Creator: Egozcue, Jose
Box 1 Folder 108
The Avatar of You is You
Undated
Creator: Kleps, Arthur
Box 1 Folder 109
Notes On Current Research
1968
Creator: Metzner, Ralph
Box 1 Folder 110
Castalia Foundation Millbrook Summer School Psychedelic Training Courses Brochure
1966
Creator: Castalia
Box 1 Folder 111
Proposal for research on consciousness-altering drugs
1962
Creator: Metzner, Ralph
A request for an $11,000 grant to study the effects of psilocybin and mescaline at Harvard, with Leary and Alpert among the "consultants."
Box 1 Folder 112
The Three Who Made a Revolution
Undated
Creator: Graboi, Nina
A study of the work of Leary, Alpert and Metzner
Box 1 Folder 113
Points of Distinction Between Sedative and Hallucinogenic Drugs
Undated
Creator: Burroughs, William
Box 1 Folder 114
Bay Area Writers Appeal to Swiss Government for Leary Political Asylum
1971
Creator: Leary Defense
Statement Signed by Kesey, Ferlinghetti and Others, Calls Leary Fellow Author Without Country
Box 2 Folder 1
Mimeograph Typescript "#10"
Undated
Creator: Alpert, Richard
Opening line: "The plan of this session was to have a solo experience."
Box 2 Folder 2
LSD, Chromosomes and Sensationalism
1968
Creator: Fort, Joel
Creator: Metzner, Ralph
Psychedelic Review #10.
Box 2 Folder 3
An American Sense
Undated
Creator: Creeley, Robert
Box 2 Folder 4
Typescript Poem
Undated
Creator: Castalia
Box 2 Folder 5
Typescript Poem, untitled
Undated
Creator: Millbrook
On Millbrook and LSD
Box 2 Folder 6
Autograph Poem
Undated
Creator: Unknown
Begins: "Art if not life, what? Life if not art, why?..."
Box 2 Folder 7
Draft of The LSD Issue: A New Look at the World
Undated
Creator: Block, Joel N.
Box 2 Folder 8
Manuscript Notes for The LSD Issue: A New Look at the World
Undated
Creator: Block, Joel N.
Box 2 Folder 9
The LSD Issue: A New Look at the World
Undated
Creator: Block, Joel N.
A typescript teleplay for video featuring Dana Farnsworth, Dr. Theodore Rothman, Dr. Roy Grinker, and various experimental subjects, among others. No record of it having been produced has been found. Hitchcock-Balding Productions, to which the teleplay is addressed, also produced several of Leary's live speaking events, and had been engaged by the League of Spiritual Discovery to handle their public business.
Box 2 Folder 10
Timothy Leary Defense Fund Declaration of Principle
Undated
Leary Defense Fund
Box 2 Folder 11
Committee for the Reform of Marihuana Laws Statement of Purpose
Undated
Leary Defense Fund
Series IV: Psychedelic ephemera
1962-1986
Box 1 Folder 57
Acid Beat presents the Psychedelic Glossary
1986
Creator: Unknown
Box 1 Folder 58
Psychedelic Peace Fellowship Affirmation of Purpose and Membership Application
1966-09-16-1966-10-17
Creator: Unknown
Box 1 Folder 59
Perception '67 Schedule of Events
1967
Creator: Unknown
Listing a lecture by Leary on "Psychedelics and Religion."
Box 1 Folder 60
A Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In Poster
1967-01-14
Creator: Leary, Timothy
List of performers includes Ginsberg and Leary.
Box 1 Folder 61
Printed program for The LSD Conference
1966-06-13-1966-06-18
Creator: LSD Conference
Box 1 Folder 62
Dwight H. Buckley Bifoliates
1966
Creator: Buckley, Dwight H.
Greater Freedom for the Socio-Economic Bind Through Fasting; Psycles Research; A Safe and Successful Program For the Solving of Human Problems and the transformation of Lives
Box 1 Folder 63
Freedom Center, Inc. Newsletter
1962-11-30
Creator: Freedom Center, Inc.
Box 1 Folder 64
Declaration on the LSD Crisis
Undated
Creator: Unknown
Box 1 Folder 65
First Meeting (organizational) of the tentative Society for Psychedelic Research
1964-01-23
Creator: Society for Psychedelic Research
Box 1 Folder 66
Probe 1
Undated
Creator: Unknown
Box 1 Folder 67
Free University of Berkeley Spring 1969 Catalogue
1969
Creator: Free University of Berkeley
First course listed, on cover, is "Psychedelic Psychology," taught by Leary.
Box 1 Folder 68
HAIL: Haight-Ashbury-Ink-Link Newsletter
1967-04
Creator: Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council
Box 1 Folder 69
LSD and the Psychedelic Movement. Printed lecture program
1967
Creator: Oregon State System of Higher Education
Listing a schedule of lectures in Portland, Oregon
Box 1 Folder 70
MARIJUANA. Broadside
Undated
Creator: LEMAR
Issued by the Detroit, Michigan group, LEMAR, calling for the legalization of marijuana.
Box 1 Folder 71
Darwin Missed La Mark
Undated
Creator: Unknown
Box 1 Folder 72
Free University of Berkeley Pamphlet
1968
Creator: Free University of Berkeley
Pamphlet for "psychedelic" classes in fall 1968.
Box 1 Folder 73
Can Drugs Lead You to God?
Undated
Creator: Aiken, John W.
Originally published in Fate Magazine in May, 1963.
Box 1 Folder 74
Physics as a Mandala for Human Consciousness
1967
Creator: Unknown
Two Drafts
Box 1 Folder 75
Undated
Creator: D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Research and Education)
Box 1 Folder 76
Notes on the Effect of the "Magic Mushroom" on my own Person
1962-05-01
Creator: Olson, C.T.
Box 1 Folder 77
Newsletter #2
1967-07
Creator: Psychedelic Information Center
Box 1 Folder 78
Informational sheet about the "LSD Line."
Undated
Creator: Peters, George
Box 1 Folder 79
Physics/Consciousness Research Group
Undated
Creator: Sarfatti, Jack
Box 1 Folder 80
Psilocybin Project
Undated
Creator: Unknown
Details observations from experiment on a 25-year-old poet on psilocybin.