Timothy Leary archive purchased by New York Public Library


The New York Public Library has purchased some 335 boxes of papers, videotapes, photographs and other items from the estate of Timothy Leary.

From the New York Times:

The material documents the evolution of the tweedy middle-aged academic into a drug guru, international outlaw, gubernatorial candidate, computer software designer and progenitor of the Me Decade's self-absorbed interest in self-help.

The archive will not be available to the public or scholars for 18 to 24 months, as the library organizes the papers. A preview of the collection, however, reveals a rich record not only of Leary's tumultuous life but also of the lives of many significant cultural figures in the '60, '70s and '80s.

(thanks, Pesco!)