Those interested in digging a little deeper into the historical record may find the following archives and collections worth the trip.
Harvard has over 70 individual libraries across its campuses. It was also one of the first institutions in the U.S. to begin research on LSD and was home to significant psychedelics research throughout its history.
- The Ludlow-Santo Domingo Collection
Located across several of Harvard's libraries, the Ludlow-Santo Domingo Collection (yes, that's the LSD Collection, for short) is a combined gift of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library and the family of Julio Mario Santo Domingo, an eccentric and wealthy collector who amassed tens of thousands of items related to sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, and the occult. The core of the collection is devoted to LSD. Researchers should plan visits to each library that contains relevant material. Most of the libraries that have holdings also possess other collections of interest. Unfortunately, there is no finding aid. Users will have to search Hollis for the creator "Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection" and refine search results to identify relevant material.
- Max Rinkel Papers, 1925-1966
Rinkel was the first researcher to import LSD into the U.S. for study. The papers do not contain any original research. The presence of an application for a security clearance with the U.S. Army's Chemical Division suggest possible reasons for this absence. That said, there are correspondence, lectures, and other items related to the professional duties of a researcher that may be of interest to historians of science. The collection is housed at the Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.
- Tina and R. Gordon Wasson Ethnomycological Collection
Not LSD specifically, but the Wassons of magic mushroom fame. The collection has over 20,000 letters with various psychedelic personae, especially Albert Hofmann, Richard Schultes, and Robert Graves. Includes all of the who's who (Castaneda, Huxley, Shulgin, Abramson, Osmond, etc). Maintained by the Botany Libraries.
- Richard Evans Schultes Papers
Like other former faculty members at Harvard, Schultes' papers (particularly correspondence) can be found at the Harvard University Archives. There is a second collection held by the Botany Libaries, which includes correspondence and research notes on his work on psilocybin mushrooms. Schultes was a friend and frequent correspondent with Max Rinkel. Primarily a mushroom man, his name may be most familiar to LSD researchers for his work co-writing Plants of the Gods and The Botany and Chemistry of Hallucinogens with Albert Hofmann. The Botany Library will need to be contacted directly to set up an appointment, as many of the papers are restricted.
Purdue University - Psychoactive Substances Research Collection
Purdue has a special collection devoted to the history of scientific psychoactives research. Made up of several smaller collections, it includes the papers of Stanislav Grof, Maria Dobkin de Rios, Sanford Unger, David Nichols, Charles Savage, and others. There is a large sub-collection devoted to scholarly publications on psychoactive substances. It also includes ephemera and a smattering of letters from other persons and projects of interest.
Rice University - Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library
Aldous Huxley's brother, Julian, was a professor of biology at Rice. The University maintains Julian's papers and his correspondence with Aldous, as well as copies of Aldous' own correspondence with others. A notable collection insofar as many of Aldous Huxley's papers were lost in a fire.
- The Grover Smith Collection of Aldous Huxley's Correspondence, 1908-1965
Grover Smith compiled the letters of Aldous Huxley into an edited volume in 1970. This collection contains the entirety of the material he collected as part of that endeavor, including some items or more sensitive information not included in the final volume.
- Julian S. Huxley Papers, 1899-1980
- Juliette Huxley Papers, 1895-1994
Most of the correspondence between Aldous and Julian are held in Juliette Huxley's papers.