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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3135

Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library poster collection


Posters primarily produced during the counter-culture movement with a focus on drugs, drugs use, sexual liberation, and the peace movement.


  • 1804-2011, undated
  • Majority of material found in 1960-1980

Language of Materials

English, French, Russian, German, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Greek, and Kurdish

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.

For a portion of the collection special handling is required; use surrogate images when possible and consult Houghton Public Services staff for appointments.


20.6 linear feet (28 flat oversized boxes and 21 tube boxes)
Includes printed posters, the bulk of which were created during the counter-culture movement in the 1960’s and 1970’s and deal primarily with drugs and alcohol. Prominent counter-culture figures that appear throughout the collection are Timothy Leary, Chet Helms (The Family Dog), Gilbert Shelton, Wes Wilson, Victor Moscoso, Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse and Rick Griffin

Collection also includes: French Belle Époque art and advertisements; anti-drug posters from central and eastern Europe; posters for art exhibitions, musicals, theatrical and literary events; and political and propaganda posters dating from World War II to the early 2000’s

Detailed descriptions of material can be found in the scope and content note of each series

A portion of the collection is oversized or irregularly sized. Oversized material has been rolled for storage and needs special handling and an appointment to view

Biographical / Historical

The Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library is the world’s largest private collection of material on altered states of mind. The collection was formed by Julio Mario Santo Domingo Jr. (1957–2009), an investment advisor who resigned his business interests to devote himself to collecting.


Arranged into the following series: I. Pro-drug ; II. Anti-drug ; III. Sex ; IV. Musical performances ; V. Theatrical performances ; VI. Art Exhibitions ; VII. Literary Events ; VIII. Political propaganda ; IX. Advertisements ; X. Miscellaneous

Posters are arranged alphabetically by title within series.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Custodial History

Some material in the collection is from the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2015M-85. Deposited by Julio Mario Santo Domingo III; received: 2012 April.

Forms part of the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Parker, 2018
Alma MMS ID 990150494360203941
Santo Domingo, Julio Mario, collector. Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library poster collection, 1804-2011, undated (MS Am 3135): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2018 June 29
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English
Cataloging of this collection was made possible by the Ruth Miller Memorial Philanthropic Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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