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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Acid Test Poster Reprint Collection
    creator: Kesey, Zane
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.339
    Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet 1 box
    Date (inclusive): 1990-2000
    Abstract: The Acid Tests were a series of multimedia events held by author Ken Kesey and his associates, nicknamed the Merry Pranksters, from 1965-1966, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area but also in Portland, Los Angeles, and Mexico. Centered around the use of the psychedelic drug LSD, which was legal at the time, the Acid Tests featured light shows and performances by the Grateful Dead, Neal Cassady, Hugh Romney (later Wavy Gravy), and others. Posters and handbills associated with the Acid Tests are very scarce, and Zane Kesey created these modern reprints and variants to meet collector demand. All are signed by Kesey and some of the Pranksters.
    Physical Location: Special Collections and Archives, McHenry Library, UC Santa Cruz.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.

    Preferred Citation

    Acid Test Poster Reprint Collection. MS 339. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was acquired from Key-Z Productions, who produced these reprints, in 2010.

    Digital Surrogates

    Digital images of these posters are available online at Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO) 

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection comprises modern reprints and variants of posters and handbills associated with the Acid Tests, created by Ken Kesey and his son Zane Kesey and sold through their business, Key-Z Productions.


    The collection is arranged chronologically by the date of the original.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    LSD (Drug)
    Posters, American -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area
    Merry Band of Pranksters
    Kesey, Ken