Greetings! While this isn’t the first post of the blog, I thought it appropriate to give something like an introduction to the project for those who find themselves here wondering what this is all about.
I would like to introduce myself as Terence McKenna’s archivist and biographer (there may be others but I think my effort is unique in its scope). I have gathered together what I understand to be the most complete extant archive of material by, about, or related to TM. One major goal is to collect physical copies of any McKenna-related item, where possible, and (at least) digital copies of everything for posterity.
The archive currently emphasizes “print” material (as opposed to audio or video–the Psychedelic Salon and others are working that particular angle better than I could), though I do also have a modest collection of original cassette tapes and CDs that I hope to expand as appropriate. In terms of an audio/video collection, I am, at present, mostly satisfied with the digital copies that are available ubiquitously online, which I download whenever a new one appears. There seems to be no dearth of spoken-word TM material available on the internet and, while there are many more recordings “out there” that are not yet available online, the overall available set is, nonetheless, fairly comprehensive. It is, rather, the print material that is becoming harder to find, and most of it is much less well-known than the relatively omnipresent audio and video. And, so it is to the print material that I have largely turned my attention as an archivist–though I do, of course, keep my eyes on any relevant media. At present the holdings consist of (actual numbers may be greater than stated as newly acquired items may not have been cataloged yet):
29 editions of books authored or co-authored by TM (including 14 translations)
30 editions of books with contributions by TM
35+ journals or magazines with contributions by TM
65+ (print) interviews with TM
80+ reviews of books, tapes, videos, and music by or including TM
20+ Obituaries for TM
100+ Books that mention or cite TM
200+ Articles from journals, magazines, zines, and newspapers that mention or cite TM
20+ Books with blurbs by TM
Further items include:
Audio/Video footage of TM
Correspondences to and from TM
Unpublished lectures and writing by TM
Photos of TM
TM Ephemera (event flyers, ticket stubs, product catalogs, leaflets, etc.)
Personal Stories, recollections, poems, etc. about TM
Art depicting or inspired by TM
Music created in collaboration with TM, inspired by TM, or with TM voice samples
Advertisements for TM products and services
Books and articles in TM’s personal library
Books and articles cited in TM’s written and spoken output
My goal for the blog is to share the process of acquisition and research with you, to give you an insight into the process, as well as to share some of the interesting items that I find as part of the hunt. Please sign up to follow the blog and keep an eye out for new posts.
If you have materials that you would like to donate to the archive (whether physical copies or digital scans or files), please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to provide monetary support to assist with the acquisition process, please use the Paypal link at the Terence McKenna Transcription Project and include a note stating that the donation is for archival acquisition [Crowdfunding campaign forthcoming]: https://terencemckenna.wikispaces.com/.