The following documents were obtained by the authors in researching
Acid Dreams: the CIA, LSD, and the Sixities Rebellion.
Shown here are correspondences between Jack Kerouac, Timothy Leary, and
Also included are a number of once-classified documents obtained through the Freedom
of Information Act. Though there is much that government censors have seen fit
to keep secret even today, tantalizing glimpses of CIA-sponsored research into drugs are found
amid the blacked-out names.
Click on any document for a close-up look at its contents.
Letters to Leary, Ginsberg
| Aldous Huxley to Timothy Leary, June 1961
| January 1960 letter from Jack Kerouac to Timothy
Leary, describing his reactions to psilocybin mushroom extract
| 1978 letter from New York Times publisher
C. L. Sulzberger to Allen Ginsberg concerning CIA activity in
the southeast Asian drug trade.
Declassified: CIA Mind Control Documents
| This 1954 document outlines CIA
experiments in tolerance to LSD at the Addiction Research Center in
1954 memo from CIA Director Richard Helms affirming the
Agency policy of using unwitting guinea pigs in drug tests
|This Office of Security document outlines some strange
behavior at the CIA.
|In this 1953 memo, CIA director Allen Dulles
takes stock of the LSD owned by the Agency
|Memo outlining LSD as a "potential new agent for unconventional
|This memo, provided to the CIA by a medical consultant, rather
zealously suggests possible tactical uses of LSD against an enemy force
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|This memo, produced after a joint meeting of the Artichoke and Bluebird
teams, describes the CIA's concern that human guinea pigs were becoming harder to come by for
involuntary drug tests