The Albert Hofmann Collection

The Albert Hofmann Collection of LSD- and psilocybin-related articles consists of about 4000 documents collected by Sandoz, the Swiss company for which Albert Hofmann was working when he discovered LSD. It consists mostly of publications from the late 1940s through the early 1980s.

The collection was rescued from proposed destruction in the mid-1990s and shipped to the Albert Hofmann Foundation in Santa Monica, California, where it was displayed for eight months in 1998 before being placed in storage. Subsequently the Albert Hofmann Foundation, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and the Heffter Research Institute began the collaborative process of creating a digital index of the papers.

Much effort was expended on scanning the thousands of documents and the collection (in the form of PDF files) is now being made available online at The Albert Hofmann Collection LSD & Psilocybin References at The Vaults of Erowid. The problems faced during this task are described by Earth Erowid in his article, The Albert Hofmann Collection LSD & Psilocybin References (this is a PDF file).

The physical collection was purchased in 2003 by a European buyer and now resides in Solothurn, Switzerland.

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