Updated 17 November, 2017 by Keeper Trout:
Despite the fact that there has been an inadequate level of support to sustain the archiving project through completion, everyone involved is committed to finishing the job as we believe it is important. So going forward, a couple of necessary changes are occurring so that we can achieve our shared goal of digitizing the work of Alexander and Ann Shulgin.
First, the Shulgin Archive is ceasing to exist as an independent organization. This applies only to the conceptual organization and does not refer to the physical Shulgin Archive that will someday house the actual artifacts after screening, cataloguing and indexing. That might sound sad but it is necessary to enable the successful completion of digitizing the archive so it should rightly be regarded as a really positive change.
And there is an even more exciting change.
Completion of the digital version has become a project of our good friends, the Erowids. Anyone wanting to support this project is encouraged to support Erowid and say thanks to them for their interest and their help with the Shulgin Archives.
Thank You Erowid, here’s to the future!
Hello everyone –
The Alexander Shulgin Research Institute has some exciting news that we’d like to share with you. Transform Press, which was founded in 1991 by Alexander (“Sasha”) and Ann Shulgin to publish their now cult classic PiHKAL, has officially become a separate sister organization.
As part of this move, Transform Press has launched its own website. The press is a niche publishing house specializing in works on psychopharmacology, psychedelic drug research, and other material relating to psychoactive compounds, society, states of consciousness, and the individual. Its mission is to preserve and publish the Shulgin legacy of research and to inspire societal transformation by giving voice, reach, and influence to writers of high quality texts in these areas of interest. Transform Press will continue to offer Sasha and Ann’s seminal texts in both print and digital formats, including a forthcoming multivolume memorial edition of both PiHKAL and TiHKAL with new bonus content, and will expand its offerings by publishing new authors.
We encourage you to visit and explore the Transform Press website. Among other things, it includes a news post by Ann Shulgin that explains this transition in greater detail, a publications page where you can order books, a social media page where you can connect with the Press’s new Facebook and Twitter pages, and a subscribe page where you can sign up to receive updates from Transform Press about news posts and publications.
Hello everyone –
There hasn’t been much happening on this web site for quite a while. But don’t judge a book by its cover!
It has taken some time since Sasha’s death to take stock of the vast amounts of material that he left behind. We have been assembling a team, and people are working on the many tasks that need to be done. Now we need to communicate more regularly about what is happening.
My own first report about my activities was published in Erowid Extracts, the spiffy print magazine that you receive if you join Erowid. But I’m not the only person working by any means.
A major revision to this web site is in the works, to more accurately reflect the work that is happening and what will be happening in the future. So stay tuned!
At 5:00 pm on June 2, 2014, Dr. Alexander T. Shulgin succumbed to liver cancer. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. For more information please see ASRI’s obituary for Sasha.
For details regarding Sasha’s memorial, which will be held in a few weeks in the Bay Area, please join our e-mail list via the form to the right.
The time has come for me to tell you what none of us wanted to say or hear. Sasha has moved into a new phase, beginning just four or five days ago, characterized by great weakness (he can barely lift his head), loss of weight (he’s somewhere around 130 lbs.), and reluctance to utter more than single words at a time.
We are still blessed in that he has no pain—or when he does have a twinge or even a needle-strike, it’s over immediately, and we haven’t had to give him any of the strong pain medicines which Hospice has available. We hope it continues that way.
But everything else is not good news. He’s holding on to life, or at least his body is fighting the good fight (he was always extremely strong and healthy, until a few years ago), and it’s possible that he may live to see his 89th birthday, but we can’t be sure. For that matter, he may stay with us for several months more, but we would be surprised if he did.
Sasha knows that he’s dying, but that doesn’t bother him. He doesn’t know he has cancer of the liver, and there’s no need for him to know; that knowledge would give him nothing useful. After all, as he has said, “We all have to die of something!”
Thanks to all of you for your support all these years. We appreciate every single dollar and every note or e-mail. You have kept our Tibetan and British caregivers here with him, and he has been surrounded by love and a lot of laughter, due to your help and compassion.
I’ll let you know when there is an important change. In the meantime,
Ann and Team Shulgin
Photo by Greg Manning