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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3105

Peter Whitmer papers concerning counterculture

Scope and Contents

Papers relating to author and psychologist Peter O. Whitmer's research on 1960s counterculture, including interviews (in text and audio), correspondence, and compositions concerning William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Elvis Presley, Tom Robbins, and Hunter S. Thompson.

Includes material for Whitmer's works Aquarius revisited: seven who created the sixties counterculture that changed America; and When the going gets weird.

Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: audiocassettes, CDs.


  • circa 1966-2015


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

The bulk of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


6.5 linear feet (8 boxes)
0.7 Gigabytes

Biographical Note

Peter Whitmer is an American author and psychologist.


Arranged in series by accession number; within series, arranged as received.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository, b

Other Finding Aids

For detailed accounting of contents, see curatorial file.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2016M-47. Purchased with Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund and Margaret F. Cowett Book Fund; received 2016 September 27.

2019M-53. Purchased from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller with funds from the Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund, 2018 November.

Separated Materials

Born-digital material has been separated: Am3105BD

Processing Information

Collection was minimally processed upon accession.

Whitmer, Peter O. Peter Whitmer papers concerning counterculture, circa 1966-2015 (MS Am 3105): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
January 11, 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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