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MS Am 2880

Leary, Timothy, 1920-1996. Timothy Leary papers, 1967-ca. 1977: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2880
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Leary, Timothy, 1920-1996
Title: Timothy Leary papers,
Date(s): 1967- 1977.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Composition and correspondence written during Leary's first prison stay and after his escape.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

92M-23. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund; received: 1992 July 29.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Susan Wyssen

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Timothy Leary Papers, 1967-ca. 1977 (MS Am 2880). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Timothy Leary (1920-1996) was an American psychologist and author, well-known for his experiments on the use of psychodelic drugs. In January 1970, Leary was sentenced to 20 years in a California state prison. In September of that year, with the help of the Weatherman, Leary escaped from prison and fled the country on a fake passport. He was apprehended and returned to prison in 1973.


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Scope and Contents

This collection contains a composition written by Timothy Leary during his initial time in prison and letters to and from Leary while in prison and after his escape from prison. The correspondence concerns family matters, publishing issues, and some legal matters and includes some letters to or from Leary's wives, Rosemary Woodruff and Joanna Harcourt-Smith. Some envelopes show marks of having been inspected by prison officials. Also in the collection are some documents from Leary's time in prison and photographs of Leary, Woodruff, and Harcourt-Smith.

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