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COLLECTION — Multiple Containers Identifier: MS Am 3284

Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library drug shop catalogs

Contains catalogs from shops selling products related to drug use, growth, and access.


  • circa 1964-2000


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research. This collection 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.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Contains catalogs for shops selling products relating to drug use, growth, and access, mainly from the early 1970s. Companies include Krupp's Fantasy Express, D.B. Associates, Sundance Incense and Trading Co., Interplanetary, Saladin Productions, Flash, Ecology 2.00, Gemini Rising Posters, Synergisms, The Whole Hub of the Universe, Berney Karp, Weed City, Pure Weed, Inner Sanctum Imports, Morgan Love and Co., The Family Stone, Correct Count, Paraphernalia, Midtown Distributing Company, B. Cuzz Products, House of Ripps, Catalog Merchandising Service of America, and many more. The majority of the catalogs are selling paraphernalia relating to drug usage, primarily marijuana, as well as the development and growth of marijuana. Some catalogs also relate to sexual products, including oils. Further catalogs sell clothing, decor, signage, posters, and other ephemera related to drug culture. Further contains a single over-sized item from a catalog with sex-related, Disney cartoon-inspired content.

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.


Collection has been minimally processed and has not been arranged.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

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 Betts Coup, 2019.
Link to catalog


Santo Domingo, Julio Maria. Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library drug shop catalogs, circa 1964-2000 (MS Am 3284): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2019 March 29
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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