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Brand (Stewart) papers
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The Steward Brand papers contains correspondence, personal journals, manuscripts, photographs, project records, articles, and publications.
Writer, editor, entrepreneur, and futurist Stewart Brand was born December 14, 1938 in Rockford, Illinois. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and attended Stanford University where he studied biology with Paul Ehrlich. After graduating he joined the U.S. Army and was trained as a parachutist and later photographer. He studied design at the San Francisco Art Institute and photography at San Francisco State. In 1962, Brand took his first LSD trip in 1962 under the guidance of James Fadiman at the International Foundation for Advanced Study in Menlo Park. In the mid-60s Brand co-produced the Trips Festival as well as other happenings such as America Needs Indians. He was loosely associated with the Merry Pranksters, USCO, and other countercultural groups, and spent much of the 1960s traveling and visiting communal experiments.
53 Linear Feet (120 manuscript boxes, 4 flat boxes, 17 seven-inch reels, 15 audiocassettes, 140 micro-cassettes, 3 hard disk cartridges)
While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.
Open for research, with the exception of Series VII: Business Records, which are closed until Brand's death. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy. Selected audiovisual material has been transferred and is available digitally.