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Alexander Trocchi Papers

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Correspondence, Box 1-12

Manuscripts, Box 12-29

Material Toward Books, Box 30-36

Merlin, Box 36-37

Sigma, Box 38-45

Other Projects and Subject Files, Box 45-48

Manuscripts by Others, Box 48-51

Ephemera, Box 51-55

Personal Papers, Box 55-62

Print Material, Box 63-65

Realia, Box 66



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Collection Overview

Title: Alexander Trocchi Papers, 1944-1984Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1944-1984

ID: MS/MS/ms116

Primary Creator: Trocchi, Alexander (1925-1984)

Extent: 66.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 05/22/1967

Languages: English, Greek,Modern(1453-), French, Dutch;Flemish

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Alexander Trocchi Papers include manuscripts of his novels, stories, essays and poems, the extant archives of Merlin, most of his manuscripts and correspondence concerning the Sigma Project, material relating to a large number of projects Trocchi was involved with in the 1960’s, and his journals and notebooks. The Trocchi Papers also house an extensive collection of magazines and ephemera, including material relating to the International Situationist movement.

Collection Historical Note

Alexander Trocchi was a Scottish author, publisher and activist. He attended the University of Glasgow from 1942-1943 and from 1946-1950, and served in the Royal Navy from 1943-1946. Trocchi began writing poetry and prose in the late 1940’s, and by the early 1950’s was an established member of the artistic avant-garde.

With Richard Seaver and Austryn Wainhouse he edited Merlin a literary magazine that published Ionesco, Genet, Beckett, Creeley, Sartre, and Miller, for seven issues from 1952-1955. He was also an editor of Paris Quarterly from 1952-1955 and of Moving Times, which published work by William S. Burroughs, Trocchi, and Jeff Nittall. Trocchi’s association with Merlin led to his collaboration with Maurice Girodias at Olympia Press. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, Trocchi helped Girodias publish books, wrote catalog copy, and contributed a large number of pornographic writings, including Helen and Desire, The Carnal Days of Helen Seferis, White Thighs, Vol. 5 of My Life and Loves by Frank Harris, and School for Sin. Most of his work was banned in England, France, and America.

At the same time he worked with these publishing efforts, Trocchi was involved with other projects, including painting, sculpting, joining Asgar Jorn in the International Situationist movement, and pursuing his own writing. His first novel, Young Adam (1954), a tale of immorality and justice, was followed by his more famous Cain’s Book, a roman a clef which detailed his adventures as a heroin addict living on a scow on the Hudson River. The book’s frank depiction of drug addiction and sex was the source of an obscenity trial in 1963 and the book was banned in England. His other literary works included The Outsiders (1961), a collection of stories and a revision of Young Adam, and Man at Leisure (1972) a collection of poems.

In the 1960’s, Trocchi devoted most of his energy toward organizing a broad collaboration of international underground movements under the auspices of what he called the Sigma Project. It was an eclectic and protean effort, with no concrete direction, but with a wide focus. The Sigma Project resulted on more than 30 varied publications, and attracted a great deal of attention.

Although it took up much of his time, Sigma was only one of Trocchi’s activities in the 1960’s. He also organized the 1965 Albert Hall poetry reading, which brought the work of Allen Ginsberg, Laurence Ferlinghetti, and others to the attention of a large British audience. He was visiting lecturer in sculpture at St. Martin’s School of Art (London), and he translated the work of a number of French novelists, including Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, Jan Cremer, Harriet Daimler. Rene de Obaldia and Valentine Penrose. He also wrote his only nonfiction book, Drugs of the Mind, published in 1970.

Prolific as he was, Trocchi’s activities waned during the last 15 years of his life. Although he was ostensibly working on a sequel to Cain’s Book and an unpublished novel called The Long Book, he was actually too ill much of the time to accomplish much. His lifelong addiction to heroin eventually incapacitated him and he died in 1984.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 825. Purchase from Betram Rota Ltd., 1967: May 22

Accession number 845. Purchase from Betram Rota Ltd., 1967: August 15

Accession number 847. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1967: July

Accession number 848. Purchase from Henry Wenning, 1967: August 22

Accession number 907. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1968: April 3

Accession number 974. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1968: August 20

Accession number 1101. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1969: October 28

Accession number 1123. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1969: December 17

Accession number 1270. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1971: April 21

Accession number 1331. Wallrich Books, 1972: January

Accession number 23025. Unknown

Accession number 23945. Purchase from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc., 2009: September 15

Accession number 2013.005. Purchase from Magg Brothers, Ltd., 2013: January 18

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-12],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, Box 12-29],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books, Box 30-36],
[Series 4: Merlin, Box 36-37],
[Series 5: Sigma, Box 38-45],
[Series 6: Other Projects and Subject Files, Box 45-48],
[Series 7: Manuscripts by Others, Box 48-51],
[Series 8: Ephemera, Box 51-55],
[Series 9: Personal Papers, Box 55-62],
[Series 10: Print Material, Box 63-65],
[Series 11: Realia, Box 66],
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Series 6: Other Projects and Subject Files, Box 45-48Add to your cart.
Consists of materials toward other projects, conferences, and subject files
Box 45Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Artists' Workshop Society, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
14 items
Folder 4-7: British Black Power Movement (Michael X)Add to your cart.
Folder 4-5: Malik (De Freitas)Add to your cart.

National Conference on the Rights of Black People in Britain conference paper, May 1971. Located in oversize

Flyer for 'Guns and Butter' by the Black Company Cervantes Players

Gaza Day advertisement from the Israel League for Civil and Human Rights. Located in oversize

1 page typescript sheet labelled “European & 3rd World Markets”

58 page typescript [photocopy], trial and case information regarding Michael X’s trial for the murder of Joseph Skerrit

2 page typescript [photocopy], Time Out press release for William Kunstler’s press conference on Michael X, February 17, 1973

2 page typescript [photocopy], “Fact Sheets” on the Michael X case possibly circulated at the Time Out press conference

2 page typescript, sections from Sigma, “The Invisible Insurrection” and “Sigma as spontaneous university,” cut out and taped to piece of paper, probably by Trocchi with regard to Michael X's wish to found a Free University/Agricultural Community in Trinidad

Welcome Back to London Fund Raising Party for Michael flyer

2 page typescript, the founding constitution of the Racial Adjustment Action Society (RAAS)

Invitation Michael X to attend the Fourth Annual Talk of the Federation of the Students Islamic Societies in the United Kingdom and Eire, March 17, 1967

5 page autograph, notes by Trocchi “John Lennon must feel guilty that one of his friends was hanged as I do & what is it I must do to make amends?”

2 page autograph, by Trocchi “International Alternative, World College of the Alternative (Trinidad)”

1 page autograph, by Trocchi “What we are out to create: a multiracial, a metaracial society”

3 page autograph and typescript, “Trinidad and Tobago, International University of the Alternative”

1 page typescript, poem “Call Him David”

1 page typescript [photocopy], "Guyana People's Republic” by Malcolm Drake

3 page typescript, “Trinidad Michael Abdul Malik Guyana” by an unidentified writer who visited Michael X in Trinidad

2 autograph [carbon], by Trocchi concerning Michael X and MOB

1 autograph page telephone call file card, Anthony Shiel re. Michael X, May 14, 1971

Red file [marked Michael Abdul Malik aka Michael X] containing “Plan A and Plan B” for Sigma – four autograph pages Michael X, “'Trinidad Notes” – one typescript page by Trocchi, and three autograph pages “Suggested Articles for 1st Issue of Moving Times” - in unidentified hand

2 pages autograph, headed “'1 Maidstone Dev"

6 typescript pages, “Notting Hill Riots 1959” by Michael X

Originally housed in blue folder marked "Malik (De Freitas)"

Folder 6-7: Newspaper clippings related to Michael X and his activitiesAdd to your cart.

The Sunday Times, 1965: February 28: “Michael X: Britain's Malcolm X”

Magnet News, 1965: March 27: “Michael de Freitas, is he Britain's Malcolm X? What is his worth?” Also “A copy of a letter from Michael X to his Brothers and Sisters” and “Michael X speaks to the Editor of the Magnet." Located in oversize

The People, 1965: May 16: “My pal Joshua by Britain's Michael X.” Located in oversize

The Observer, 1965: July 4: “Hit white man back, says new militant group”

Evening Standard, 1967: November 9: “Michael X jailed for 12 months in race hate case.” Located in oversize

Evening Standard, 1967: November 27: “Michael X article brings #5000 contempt fine.” Located in oversize

The Times, 1967: November 28: “Judges absolve editor of contempt.” Located in oversize

The Times, 1967: November 28: “The Sunday Times Case”

The Times, 1967: November 28: “Law Report November 27, Newspaper fined #5000 for contempt”

Unidentified, circa 1967: November: “Battle for power among colour bar campaigners.” Located in oversize

Unidentified, circa 1967: November 1967: “Protest and Prison”

Evening Standard, 1968: November 21: “Michael X on drug charge”

Guardian, 1969: March 18: “Michael Malik objects to all-white jury”

Guardian, 1969: March 29: “In dock for what is not a crime”

Evening Standard, 1969: April 2: “Michael X and the New Statesman.” Located in oversize

The Daily Telegraph Magazine, 1969: May 23: “Black Power in Britain. Who are its leaders? What do they want?”

The Times, 1969: June 18: “Michael X says I was shot at”

The Observer, 1970: August 2: “Black brothers and sisters at home.” Located in oversize

Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Express, 1972: July 3 [full newspaper]. Located in oversize

Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Express, 1972: July 10 [full  newspaper]: “The Lettuce Patch Murder Case, Judge            Offers Malik Counsel.” Located in oversize

Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Express, 1972: July 31 [full newspaper]: “Parmasser Tells Court: "Malik chopped Skerritt in neck.” Located in oversize

Trinidad Guardian, 1972: August 1 [full newspaper]: “Skerritt refused to rob station.” Located in oversize

Express, 1972: August 2 [full newspaper]: “The Malik trial: Will McDavidson testify?” Located in oversize

Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Express, 1972: August 8 [full newspaper]: “How Malik met McDavidson.” Located in oversize

Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Express, 1972: August 14 [full newspaper]: “The Story of my life - by Malik, Michael X tells of his days at Christina Gardens.” Located in oversize

Evening Standard, “Death Sentence on Michael X." Located in oversize

Evening Standard, 1972: August 22: “Michael X, the cutlass killer, is to hang.” Located in oversize

Evening Standard, 1972: August 22: “The ruthless, selfish lover”

Daily Mail, 1972: August 23: “Michael X faces second murder trial”

Daily Express, 1972: August 23: “Lawyer to appeal for cutlass killer Michael X”

Evening Standard, 1972: August 23: “Michael X faces new murder charge”

The Guardian, 1972: August 23: “The gambler out of luck” by Eric Silver

Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Express, 1972: December 23: “Chicago 7 lawyer visits Abdul and says...Malik was a victim of politics”             

Trinidad Guardian, 1972: December 23: “Two US lawyers want to appear for Malik”

The Daily Mirror, 1973: May 3: “Shotgun gang murder Black Power leader” [assassination of - lover of Gale Benson -          Hakim Jamal, in U.S.]

New Statesman, 1973: June 22: “The Case for Michael X”

The Times, 1974: February 3: “New attempt to save Malik's life”

Time Out, 1974: May 3-9 [whole magazine]: “Letter from Desire, Michael X's wife, to a friend”

The Sunday Times Magazine, 1974: May 12 [whole magazine]: “VS Naipaul on The Life and Trials of Michael X”

The Sunday Times Magazine, 1974: May 19 [whole magazine]: “The Killings in Trinidad Part Two” by V.S. Naipaul

The Times, 1974: May 21: “Innocent victims of the intellectual consumer society” by Bernard Levin

Unidentified: “De Freitas given cool reception”

Unidentified: “Michael X child sent to Borstal”

Unidentified: “Malik death date” by Peter Cole

Unidentified [Daily Express?]: “Last words of Michael X to his wife hours before he hanged...”

Unidentified, 1975: May: “No mercy” [letter from Heathcote Williams on the hanging of Michael X]

The Evening Standard, 1975: May 20: “Why should the Queen be mixed up with Michael X?”

Originally housed in pink folder labeled Malik. 19 items located in oversize

Folder 8: Cage, 1965Add to your cart.
9 items including 7 photographs of cage structure
Folder 9: Camden Fun Palace Project, Cedric Price, 1965Add to your cart.
16 items. Three architectual drawings located in oversize.
Box 46Add to your cart.
Folder 1-3: Cardiff FestivalAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: June 14Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 2: Kershaw, John to Harpe, Bill, 1965: June 23Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed [photocopy], 1 page
Item 3: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: July 8Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 4: Price, Cedric to Trocchi, 1965: July 14Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page
Item 5: Trocchi to Harpe, Bill, 1965: July 19Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed [carbon], 1 page
Item 6: Cobbing, Bob to Harpe, Bill, 1965: July 28Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 2 pages
Item 7: Peterse, C.G.L. to Harpe, Bill, 1965: July 29Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page
Item 8: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: August 3Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 9: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: August 11Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 10: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: August 13Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 11: Skarvellis, G. to Trocchi, 1965: August 16Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 5 pages with enclosure
Item 12: Unidentified [secretary to James Baldwin] to Harpe, Bill, 1965: August 19Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed [photocopy], 1 page
Item 13: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: August 23Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 14: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, [1965]Add to your cart.
Typed note, 1 page. Enclosure: Type letter signed, 1 page from Bill Harpe to Paul Ableman (1965: August 23)
Item 15: Vatsyayan, Kapila to Harpe, Bill, 1965: August 24Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed [photocopy], 2 pages
Item 16: Trocchi to Harpe, Bill, 1965: August 24Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed [carbon], 1 page
Item 17: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: August 25Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 18: Beckett, Samuel to Harpe, Bill, 1965: August 22Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 19: Fuller, Roy to Harpe, Bill, 1965: August 26Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed [photocopy], 1 page
Item 20: Spender, Stephen to Harpe, Bill, 1965: August 26Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed [photocopy], 1 page
Item 21: Massey, Reginald to Harpe, Bill, 1965: August 26Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed [photocopy], 1 page
Item 22: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: August 26Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 23: Harpe, Bill to Horowitz, Michael, 1965: August 26Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 24: Trocchi to Smith, Stevie, 1965: August 27Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 25: MacDiarmid, Hugh to Trocchi, 1965: August 31Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page
Item 26: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: August 31Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 27: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: August 31Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 28: Trocchi to Harpe, Bill, 1965: September 2Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 3 pages
Item 29: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: September 2Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page with enclosure
Item 30: Harpe, Bill to Kershaw, John, 1965: September 2Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 31: Morris, Stephen to Trocchi, 1965: September 2Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 32: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typed note, 1 page. Enclosure: Typed letter signed [photocopy], 1 page from Bridget Dunn to Bill Harpe (1965: September 3)
Item 33: Bunting, Basil to Trocchi, 1965: September 4Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 34: McGrath, Tom to Trocchi, 1965: September 6Add to your cart.
Autograph card signed, 1 page
Item 35: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: September 6Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 36: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: September 6Add to your cart.
Typed letter, 1 page. Enclosure: Typed letter signed [photocopy], 1 page from Peter du Sautoy to Morris, Stephen (1965: August 16)
Item 37: Morris, Steve to Trocchi, 1965: September 8Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page
Item 38: Morris, Steven to Trocchi, 1965: September 8Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 39: Trocchi to Harpe, Bill, 1965: September 9Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 40: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: September 10Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 41: Williams, Amanda to Trocchi, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 42: Williams, Amanda, 1965: September 11Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 43: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, 1965: September 12Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 44: Mulherin, Jennifer to Field, [Marcus], 1965: September 13Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page
Item 45: Trocchi to Causley, Charles, 1965: September 14Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 46: Trocchi to Hughes, Ted, 1965: September 14Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 47: Trocchi to Scannell, Vernon, 1965: September 14Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 48: MacBeth, George to Trocchi, 1965: September 15Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 49: Plomer, William to Trocchi, 1965: September 15Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 2 pages
Item 50: Williams, Amanda to Trocchi, 1965: September 15Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page with enclosures
Item 51: Causley, Charles to Trocchi, 1965: September 16Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 52: Scannell, Vernon to Trocchi, 1965: September 17Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 53: Morris, Steve to Trocchi, 1965: October 11Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 2 pages
Item 54: Williams, Amanda to Mike, 1965: October 15Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page
Item 55: Trocchi to Harpe, Bill, 1965: December 1Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed [carbon], 1 page
Item 56: Davies, R.L. to Trocchi, 1965: December 3Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 57: Trocchi to Morris, Steve, 1965: December 9Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 58: Trocchi to Morris, Steve, 1965: December 14Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 2 pages. 2 copies
Item 59: Davies, R.L. to Trocchi, 1965: December 20Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 60: Morris, Steve to Trocchi, 1966: January 29Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Enclosure: Typed letter [carbon], 1 page from Morris to the Cardiff Corporation (1966: January 29)
Item 61: Trocchi to Davies, R.L., 1966: February 1Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 5 pages
Item 62: Davies, R.L. to Trocchi, 1966: February 9Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 63: Trocchi to Unidentified, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typed letter signed [carbon], 1 page
Item 64: Trocchi to Unidentified, No dateAdd to your cart.
Autograph letter, 4 pages. Sample invitation letter
Item 65: Harpe, Bill to Unidentified, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typed letter, 1 page. Sample invitation letter
Item 66: Harpe, Bill to Trocchi, No dateAdd to your cart.
Autograph note, 1 page
Item 67: Williams, Amanda to Trocchi, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typed note signed, 1 page
Item 68: Trocchi to Harpe, Bill, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page. 2 copies
Item 69: Hughes, Ted to Trocchi, No dateAdd to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page
Folder 2: Brochures, notes, and listsAdd to your cart.
55 items
Folder 3: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
9 items
Folder 4: CensorshipAdd to your cart.

Sigma notes on letterhead, letter to W.H. Smiths complaining on Cain's Book being blacklisted for sale, various documents, clippings regarding censorship of pornography, photocopies of reviews together with Trocchi's response, typescript of "A Walk on the Seamy Side" by Trocchi and D. Burnett.

Originally housed in blue envelope file marked "Censorship." Inside envelope brown folder marked "Electricty Board"

Folder 5: The Chung YungAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 31 pages
Folder 6: Conferences, 1965: January 15-16Add to your cart.
Personality Change and Religious Experience, The R.M. Bucke Memorial Society. 2 items
Folder 7-10: DrugsAdd to your cart.

See also Series III.2 Drugs of the Mind

See box 47 for remaining materials.

Folder 7: Drugs Book + ClippingsAdd to your cart.

1 page typescript [carbon], partial letter from Trocchi

page 2 typescript [carbon], "that of heroin, in perspective"

page 9 typescript [carbon], "for restrictive legislation based on the fear of the unknown..."

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "Drugs Book + Clippings"

Folder 8: Dr. Ian DunbarAdd to your cart.

Autograph letter signed to Trocchi, 1 page, 1981: June 9 with 6 photocopied pages, including 2 letters from Ian Dunbar to the General Medical Council and the Inland Revenue Policy Division

Typed letter signed to Margaret Thatcher, 2 pages, 1981: July 15, on remedies to civil unrest

Typescript [photocopy], 7 pages “Two Laws of Thermodynamics,” 1981: August 8

Typescript [computer printout], 11 pages “Progress Report,” 1984: April 4

Originally housed in a blue folder marked “Dr. Ian Dunbar”

Folder 9: Ian DunbarAdd to your cart.

Typed letter signed to Trocchi, 3 pages (2 copies), on why he is stopping his drug-related work, circa January 1970

Typescript [photocopy], 55 pages “A Third Way - Notes for a Clinical Autobiography” by Dunbar with typed note to Trocchi, 1980: September 29 

Autograph letter signed to Trocchi, 1 page, 1980: November 27, accompanying 4 photocopied pages “From A Letter to a Critic - Armistace Day 1980” by Dunbar constituting his response to criticism  received after the circulation of his “Notes for a Clinical Autobiography”

Typed letter signed [photocopy] to Trocchi, 4 pages. 1981: January 23

Originally housed in a brown envelope marked "Ian Dunbar"

Folder 10: Loose materials on drugsAdd to your cart.
18 items. "The brainblood mechanism;"  the Neo-American Church; Timothy Leary Defense Fund; "Some Notes and Recent Background on the LSD Vanguard, New York: Michael Hollingshead;" The World Psychedelic Centre; LSD Loan Fund; Psychedelic Information Center; Society for the Scientific Study of Religion; and the Castalia Foundation
Box 47Add to your cart.
Folder 1-7: DrugsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-2: Loose materials on drugsAdd to your cart.

7 page typescript, Drugs: A General Survey/Tentative Lines of Approach

8 page typescript [carbon], “Drugs, the basic varieties of which have been known…”

8 page typescript [photocopy], full text of Chet Huntley Reporting featuring Trocchi, 1963: March 12

1 page typescript, Lyn and Lady Frankau, those close and interested…

2 page typescript [carbon], Random Reflections on Some Notes on General Psychiatry and Addictions to Narcotics Offered for Comment by Lady Frankau

1 page typescript [carbon], “injustice when you interpret your own views in this way…” 2 copies

Offprint of Drug Addition: The Second Report of the Interdepartmental Committee, 1965

2 page typescript [carbon], “For some time now it has seemed to me that for many reasons…” 2 copies

11 page typescript, Problems and Pseudoproblems concerning “Dangerous Drugs” 1966: July. 3 copies

6 page typescript, Reflections in an Old Vein: A Criticism of the Brain Committee's Recommendation

1 page typescript, Further Reflections on an Old Vein. 4 copies

3 page typescript and typescript [carbon], “The whole question of addiction to the opiates is obscured…” 2 copies

3 page typescript [carbon], Open Letter to the Minister of the Establishment. 2 copies

1 page autograph, “The point of view…”

2 page typescript [carbon], Some Reflections

3 page typescript [carbon], Where On Drugs, A Parents’ Handbook, edited by Betty McAlhone

1 page autograph, “Hashish”

1 page typescript [carbon], “A friend, Bryan Barritt, described a sect of hashish…” 3 copies

3 page typescript [carbon], From the Notebook of the Sexistential (Childe of His Tyme)

6 page autograph, For Joshua: A Friend of a Friend

1 page typescript [carbon], Mission Impossible

1 page typescript [carbon], “I suppose one could say I had a habit…”

1 page typescript, “In reference to my appearance in an interview on television…”

1 page typescript [carbon], “It occurred to me…”

1 page typescript, “qualified to undertake the writing of this book by virtue…”

1 page typescript [carbon], “pointless structural prohibition of another age which…”

1 page typescript [carbon], Chapter --- Drugs and the Public. 2 copies

1 page typescript, “the enormous accent laid on sex in modern Western…”

1 page typescript [carbon], “Sometimes, under hashish, it can be difficult…” 2 copies

1 page typescript, “The Jews of eastern Europe must have felt like this…”

1 page typescript, list of questions concerning drugs

1 page typescript, “What has all this to do with heroin…”

1 page typescript [photocopy], “Hallucinogen is the name given to a category of substances…”

2 page typescript [carbon], “scientific chappies…”

1 page typescript, letter fragment by Trocchi

7 page autograph, notes on drugs

4 page autograph, "I have been using it one and off for years..."

1 page typescript, "I should hate this statement to be constructed as an attack on doctors."

Folder 3: MiscAdd to your cart.

List of 10 various publications concerning drugs

Abstract painting

Directions for creating a tessellation

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "Misc"

Folder 4-5: Newspaper Clippings (Drugs)Add to your cart.

7 stapled duplicated sheets, “An Introduction to the field of consciousness expansion with an outline of the effects and usage of the psychedelic drugs”

13 pages, typescript with autograph corrections and additions, “If I were wont to righteous indignation,” circa 1965, on US drug laws

36 pages, autograph notes on drugs (preparation for drug anthology) first sheet “Dangerous Drugs Act 1951 Part 1,” also with 2 page typescript [carbon] bibliography on Opium

6 pages, photocopy of the proceedings of the 1965  Interdepartmental Committee on Drug Addiction

4 pages, 1960 reprint of the 1957 Dangerous Drugs Regulations

1 page, duplicated sheet “Definitions” regarding drug abuse

2 page, 1961 Dangerous Drugs Regulations

16 pages, Dangerous Drugs Act 1965 Chapter 15

8 pages, typescript on the Brain Report on Drug Addition with autograph note by Trocchi “First Draft of article by European rep of 'Washington Post'” Located in oversize

5 pages, typescript with autograph additions “White Poppy,” extract from “The Useful plants of Great Britain” by C. Pierpoint Johnson circa 1860. Also with extra typescript of  page 1 and carbons of pages 2-5

8 pages, cutting from unidentified colour supplement “The Great Drug Fraud” by Peter Durisch with autograph notes

5 pages, typescript with autograph additions titled “Marihuana”

Offprint, from unidentified journal with autograph additions “Psychotropic Drugs, Observations on Current Views and Future Problems” by Joel J. Elkes

2 pages, offprint “The Drug Menace” by Gladys Spearman-Cook, circa 1967

4 pages, cutting stapled together from unidentified issue of the Evergreen Review comprising article “Haschisch Hallucinations” reprinted The Strand Magazine 1905

1 page, duplicated sheet regarding meeting on drug addiction at Tooting Bec Hospital, 1965

4 pages, photocopy of The Village Voice 1971: January 28, on the “'revolutionary bust” of Leary and Eldridge Cleaver with autograph notes on reverse consisting of lists of names sympathetic. Located in oversize

1 pages, fragment of a larger bibliography of drug literature

8 pages, photocopy “The Biochemistry of Behaviour” by Samuel Eiduson

6 pages, photocopy “LSD and Chromosomes” by MM Cohen, Science Journal, September 1968

2 pages, photocopy “Pot - and things that go bump in the night,” World Medicine 1970: January 27

5 pages, photocopy “The essence of Pot” by Dr HOJ Collier, New Scientist, 1967: August 31

1 page, photocopy “Oxford scientists find new evidence of health hazards in cannabis smoking,” The Times, 1971: March 19

4 pages, photocopy “How the American Drug Market Works” by Erich Goode, New Society, 1970:  June11

3 pages, photocopy “Stand The Cannabis Taboo” by Alasdair MacIntyre, with “Pot, permissiveness and parliament,” New Society, 1968: December 5

11 pages, photocopy of unidentified manuscript “Hallucinogens”

3 pages, “Pot, a mild intoxicant,” World Medicine, 1969: February 11

1 page,  photocopy “Marihuana Psychosis in Vietnam,” World Medicine, 1969: December 9

2 pages, typescript with autograph additions “A Short History of Cannabis”

9 pages, photocopy “Marihuana” by Lester Grinspoon, Scientific American, December 1969

2 sets, photocopies of pages 130,144-163 of “A System of Materia Medica and Pharmacy” by John Murray, 4th revised and corrected edition 1822

1 page, unidentified clipping “Britons on Drug Charges”

1 page, “Drugs and you...: by Milton Shulman, Evening Standard, 1972: August 23

Issue of New Society, Number 402, 1970: June 11

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "Newspaper Clippings (Drugs)"

Folder 6: George PattersonAdd to your cart.

Miscellaneous photocopied articles by George Patterson including “Drugs and the Chinese Needle” and “Hong Kong's Web of Death”

Typescript [carbon], 5 pages, proposal for a “Drug Film” by John Kay Enterprises, 1970

Typed letter signed, 1 page from the Chelsea Addiction and Research Centre to Trocchi, 1970: March 2 asking for attendance for prescriptions to continue

Unused packet of a Steret Injection Swab

Newspaper clipping, “Clinic protests against drugs prescriptions ban” by Alexander Mitchell

Front cover of “Psychotropic Drugs Observations on Current Views and Future Problems” by Joel J. Elkes, 1961

Typed letter signed, 1 page, the National Addiction and Research Institute (Peter Chapple and Geoffrey Gray) to Trocchi, 1969: February 3

Typed letter signed, 1 page, Peter Chapple to Trocchi, 1971: June 21

Typed letter signed, 1 page, Peter Chapple to Trocchi, 1971: June 3

CURE booklet “Mainline to Disaster”

Information on book published by Advisory Centre for Education “Where on Drugs: A Parents' Handbook”

Typed letter signed, 1 page, Ian McMenemey to Trocchi asking for help in preparing a leaflet on how to make LSD-25 yourself

2 duplicated notices from the St Giles Drug Dependence Unit, 1973: July 25

Typed letter signed, 1 page from Carolyn Powell to Trocchi, 1976: July 7 asking for information for her PhD on treatment of drug addiction since 1968

Originally housed in a blue folder marked “George Patterson”

Folder 7: Yellow FolderAdd to your cart.

Typescript, 1 page statement “Alexander Trocchi has been a heroin addict ‘off and on’ for 15 years”

Typescript, 1 page “To Whom it May Concern” by Ashley Barker regarding supply of drugs, 1975: September 8

Typed letter signed from C.A. Guercio to Trocchi with 2 page questionnaire on drug dependence

Typescript [photocopy], 3 pages “from: a former drug addict” signed by Robert Alexander

Typescript [photocopy], 8 pages of notes by William Pryor describing his first steps to use of heroin and includes atmospheric description of use of drugs by Trocchi's circle

Typescript [photocopy], 1 page relating to drug dependency test.

Dustjacket for “Marijuana” by E.R. Bloomquist

Typescript [photocopy], 5 pages “Project For A New Aldus Shadow Book. The Sacred” by Francis Huxley

Typescript [photocopy], 14 pages “Psychedelics in Perspective: A Prospectus For a Proposed Book of 90,000-100,000 Words” by Lorna Thomson

Originally housed in an unmarked yellow folder

Box 48Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Experimental Colleges, 1963-1966Add to your cart.
13 items. The Antiuniversity of London, New Experimental College in Copenhagen, Free University of Detriot, and Free School of London
Folder 2: International Congress Dialectics of Liberation, Institute of Phenomenological Studies, 1967Add to your cart.
7 items. Poster for July 22, 1967  gathering featuring Allen Ginsberg, Stokely Carmichael, R.D. Laing and others located in oversize
Folder 3: International Situationniste Supplement au Numero 10 De la Revue, Les Luttes De Classes en Algerie, 1965: DecemberAdd to your cart.
2 copies. Located in oversize
Folder 4: Jean Frois-WittmannAdd to your cart.

Typescript, 13 pages. Fragments of essay concerning Jean Frois-Wittman. Author unknown.

Originally housed in a brown folder marked "Frois Wittmann"

Folder 5-6: Open Way TrustAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Howe, E. Graham to Trocchi, 1964: July 6Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 2: Laing, R.D. to Maurice Carstairs, 1964: July 17Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 2 pages
Item 3: Carstairs, G. M. to Laing, R.D. Laing, 1964: July 24Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 4: Howe, E. Graham to Trocchi, 1964: August 11Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 5: Laing, R.D. to Carstairs, G.M., 1964: August 13Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed [carbon], 1 page
Item 6: Howe, E. Graham to Trocchi, 1964: August 27Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 7: Howe, E. Graham to Trocchi, 1964: September 22Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed,1 page
Item 8: Wellesley-Wesley, James to Trocchi, 1964: October 14Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 9: Spickett, Daisy to Trocchi, 1964: October 15Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 10: Trocchi to Wellesley-Wesley, James, 1964: October 20Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 11: Trocchi to Spickett, Daisy, 1964: October 20Add to your cart.
Typed letter [carbon], 1 page
Item 12: Trocchi to Laing, R.D., 1964: NovemberAdd to your cart.
Typed letter, 1 page
Item 13: Spickett, Daisy to Trocchi, 1965: January 22Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 14: Howe, E. Graham to Trocchi, 1965: February 4Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 2 pages
Item 15: Howe, E. Graham to Trocchi, 1965: February 10Add to your cart.
Autograph letter, 3 pages
Item 16: Howe, E. Graham to Trocchi, 1965: February 11Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Folder 6: Miscellaneous itemsAdd to your cart.
24 items
Folder 7: Project Oz, 1964: October 30Add to your cart.
Typescript, 5 pages. Severe fire damage

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-12],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, Box 12-29],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books, Box 30-36],
[Series 4: Merlin, Box 36-37],
[Series 5: Sigma, Box 38-45],
[Series 6: Other Projects and Subject Files, Box 45-48],
[Series 7: Manuscripts by Others, Box 48-51],
[Series 8: Ephemera, Box 51-55],
[Series 9: Personal Papers, Box 55-62],
[Series 10: Print Material, Box 63-65],
[Series 11: Realia, Box 66],
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