Rare Book & Manuscript Library

William S. Burroughs papers, 1957-1976

Series III: Photographs and Realia

The photographs in the collection are mostly snapshots of Burroughs and Herbert Huncke. Also included in this series is the Dreamachine, a device designed by Burroughs and Brion Gysin and constructed by Ian Sommerville, designed to help stimulate brain activity and bring about a hallucinatory state.

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Box 3 Folder 7 Photographs

Item Dreamachine Dreamachine

Image of the "Dreamachine" in an online Omeka exhibit