Correspondence, publications, conference and event materials, photographs, and newspaper clippings documenting the career of Gabriel G. Nahas, including his extensive research, numerous publications and other activities related to educating the public about the dangers of using marijuana and cocaine.
Series I. Correspondence.
Professional and some personal correspondence; some files contain newspaper and magazine clippings, reprints of scholarly articles, and other materials more commonly found in subject files.
Subseries are as follows:
Sub-series 1.1: By type of recipient, 1959-1996 (4.5 boxes, 1.66 cu. feet)
Correspondence, clippings and other materials documenting interactions with scholars and medical professionals in the United States and abroad, as well as writers and editors at the New York Times, New York Magazine, TIME, and other publications. Arranged by Nahas by type of recipient, as follows: Individuals; Foreign - By country; Foreign - Individual; Medical; Press-General; Press-United States; and then alphabetically.
Sub-series 1.2: General correspondence and marijuana mail, 1947-1997 (2.5 boxes, .66 cu. feet)
Mixed personal and professional correspondence, including letters received by Nahas from friends and colleagues shortly after he arrived in the US after the war, and letters from the public regarding Nahas’ research which Nahas dubbed “marijuana mail;” arranged chronologically.
Sub-series 1.3: Alphabetical, 1965-2002 (23 boxes; 7.66 cu. feet)
Professional and some personal correspondence, clippings and other materials on a broad variety of topics, including legalization of marijuana and other drugs; the drug wars; the effect of drugs on the brain; interactions with writers and editors at the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Science, Readers Digest, and other publications; Nahas’ ongoing connection to the Cousteau Society; communications with other anti-marijuana activists, such as Otto Moulton from the Committee of Correspondence and various individuals at the National Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE); and communications with surviving members of the French Resistance and American veterans of WWII; arranged alphabetically.
Series II. Grants, Patents, research and Publications.
This series contains the following subseries:
Sub-series 2.1: Grants, 1974-1992 (4 boxes, 1.33 cu. feet)
Correspondence and applications for grant funding. Includes both private and government organizations, with a significant volume of material related to research projects in a variety of areas, including how marijuana’s use can negatively affect human DNA, and cardiac toxicity of cocaine and marijuana, funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); arranged alphabetically, and then chronologically.
Sub-series 2.2: Patents, 1969-2002 (.5 box, .17 cu. feet)
Correspondence and applications for patents for a blood plasma substitute that used Knox gelatin and a lipotest procedure; arranged chronologically.
Sub-series 2.3: Tromathamine (THAM), 1962-2001 (4 boxes, 1.33 cu. feet)
Correspondence, reprints, reports, and other research material on the subject of tromathamine (THAM), a medicine used to treat metabolic acidosis (electrolyte imbalance) that commonly occurs after heart bypass surgery or cardiac arrest; arranged chronologically.
Sub-series 2.4: Morocco, 1962-1980 (.5 box, .17 cu. feet)
Correspondence, photos, reports and research materials related to a trip to Morocco to explore the possibility of a study of chronic marihuana (kif) intoxication in the central Rif; arranged chronologically.
Sub-series 2.5: Unpublished Psychiatric Institute Study, 1973-1984 (1 box, . 33 cu. feet)
Correspondence, forms, data and follow-up materials from an unpublished study conducted at the New York State Psychiatric Institute on the long-term impact of smoking marijuana; arranged chronologically. Access to this series is governed by HIPAA guidelines.
Sub-series 2.6: Bound volumes, 1949-1974 (1 box, .33 cu feet)
Bound copies of Nahas’ masters and PhD theses and selected instances of testimony before Congress on drug-related topics, loose in box.
Sub-series 2.7: Patents (Oversize), 1989-1991 (1 box, .17 cu. feet)
Correspondence and applications for patents for processes for treatment of acetylcholine-related toxicity using combinations of calcium modulators and atropine-like substances, and treatment of cardiovascular and cerebral toxicity using calcium modulators; arranged chronologically.
Series III: Meetings and Speaking Engagements
Sub-series 3.1: Legislative and legal, 1967-1981 (2 boxes, .66 cu. feet)
Correspondence and legal documents related to Nahas’ testimony at state legalization/decriminalization hearings and service as an expert witness in drug trials where the legality of drugs was at issue or a factor in the crime.
Sub-series 3.2: United States Information Agency, 1983-1990 (.5 box, .17 cu. feet)
Correspondence and briefing materials from Nahas’ trips to Eastern Europe, South America and the Middle East for the United States Information Agency (USIA); arranged chronologically.
Sub-series 3.3: Professional meetings and seminars, 1947-2000 (6.5, 2.17 cu. feet)
Correspondence, brochures and other related materials for professional meetings, seminars, speeches, and similar activities; arranged chronologically.
Series IV: Events
Sub-series 4.1: Second Annual Conference on Marijuana: Biomedical Effects and Social Implications, 1979 [1978-1980] (3 folders)
Summary of activities, correspondence and attendee acceptances for a scientific marijuana meeting at New York University, 1979
Sub-series 4.2: International Conference on Marijuana and Medicine, 1999 [1997-2001] (7.5 boxes, 2.66 cu. feet)
Correspondence with presenters, copies of individual chapters from the published proceedings, and participant reviews and comments. Organized as follows: general correspondence, arranged alphabetically; participant correspondence, arranged alphabetically; and proceedings, arranged in chapter order.
Sub-series 4.3: International Symposium on THC and Apoptosis, 2001 [2001-2002] (2 boxes, .66 cu. feet)
General correspondence and two sets of proceedings: one incomplete, and one that appear to have been intended to be published in France. Correspondence organized alphabetically; proceedings arranged in chapter order.
Series V: Bound reprints, 1950-1988 (16 v.)
Arranged chronologically; shelved separately.