Albert Hofmann Foundation
The Albert Hofmann Foundation was founded in 1988 as a non-profit, public-benefit organization whose main purpose is to assemble and maintain an international library and archive devoted to the study of human consciousness and related fields, such as psychiatry, ethnobotany, anthropology, pharmacology and the study of creativity. The Foundation's major purpose is to serve as an effective educational presence in society by promoting the widespread dissemination of accurate, complete and unbiased information.
The Foundation's focus on issues of consciousness in the sciences, arts and humanities makes our library the only archival resource in the wold dedicated to the study of the human mind and the evolution of consciousness. Our library holdings include the most complete collection on the usage and effects of mind altering substances ever assemble, documenting the social, religious, medical and scientific importance of psychoactive substances in human cultural evolution throughout the ages. The majority of material on modern consciousness research, especially those documenting the burst of research into the effects of psychedelic drugs during the 1950s and 1960s, are donations from private collections that have never been published or distributed. A major goal of The Albert Hofmann Foundation Library is to make these valuable materials available to the general public for the first time. The Albert Hofmann Foundation functions strictly as a library and archive and does not maintain or advocate any doctrine or political position.
The Foundation was named in honor of Dr. Albert Hofmann, who discovered LSD-25, the most powerful effector of consciousness change ever known. He realized the magnitude of his discovery in April, 1943. when he ingested a small amount of LSD as part of a controlled self-experiment to explore the effects of this strange new substance. His account of the experiment became the first recorded LSD experience in history.
The remarkable and unprecedented psychic properties of LSD, which induces dramatic changes in consciousness at microscopic doses, inspired researchers around the world to investigate the effects of LSD and other psychoactive substances. The intense interest in psychedelic drug research following the discovery of LSD revolutionized the scientific study of the human mind and produced a wealth of new data. During the 17 years of LSD research before it was outlawed in 1963. over 3.000 scholarly and scientific articles were published worldwide. No other single chemical has ever sparked a comparable level of research activity.
The importance of the AHF library is underscored by the fact that major university research librariess, such as the UCLA Biomedical library, typically have no more than 10% of the information avalable through the AHF.
The Albert Hofmann Foundation Board of Advisers is drawn from the scientific, scholarly and artistic communities around the world and includes virtually all of the pioneering psychedelic researchers and explorers.
Most members of the Board of Advisers have donated their personal collections to the Foundation's library. The collection includes personal papers from Allen Ginsberg, Albert Hofmann and Laura Huxley (including Aldous Huxley's note requesting a dose of LSD on his deathbed), books, papers and memorabilia from Timothy Leary, twelve boxes of declassified documents on CIA experimentation with LSD as a mind control drug, and the vast library of scholarly treatises on drug use and altered states through the ages contributed by Dr. Oscar Janiger, AHF founder and pioneering LSD researcher.
Currently, The Foundation is pursuing a major fundraising campaign in order to raise sufficient funds to begin work on The Albert Hofmann Foundation Library Database Project by 1994. This project is designed to convert printed library materials into electronic information in order to create a computerized database of the Foundation's holdings that will allow quick, exhaustive searches and retrieval of information. In addition, we are planning to make our library database accessible as an on-line service to computer and modem users around the world.
Articles in support of the Foundation have appeared in several national magazines and daylies, including New Age, Omni, High Times, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. CBS News and 48 Hours have produced documentary segments about the AHF. In 1991, The Foundation was asked to submit a Friend of the Court brief in a case before the Supreme Court challenging mandatory sentencing provisions that result in extremly harsh prison sentences for LSD convictions, compared to other drug and felony convictions.
The Albert Hofmann Foundation is supported entirely by donations from private sources, including grants, wills and trust funds, as well as through non-cash contributions, such as volunteer work, free use of office space and equipment donations. Information about The Foundation membership program can be obtained by writing at the address below. Membership benefits include subscriptions to our newsletters and mail order catalog, library updates and special access privileges, as well as mailings about public events, special projects and limited-edition merchandise available through our mail order catalog, including discount offers for AHF members.
The Albert Hofmann Foundation 291 S. La Cienega Blvd. #615 Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (310)281-8110