The archives contain information on all aspects of alcohol, drugs and tobacco from production to control, as well as their physical, social and cultural effects. The material dates from the 16th to the 21st century.
Read more about featured collections
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) archive
ASH is a campaigning charity, which aims to educate the public about the dangers of smoking and passive smoking, to support cessation campaigns - including an annual No Smoking Day - and to campaign for legislation to limit the marketing of tobacco products. Full catalogue description of the archive.
Case notes, coal gas and cocaine
Author Marek Kohn writes about his research into instances of cocaine overdose in pathologist Bernard Spilsbury's case-notes. From the Wellcome Library blog.
Turn on, tune, in…investigate your subconscious?
Blog post about Dr Ronald Sandison’s work in the 1960s in the use of LSD as a psychiatric therapy.
Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics papers
Information about the archive of the Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics. From the Wellcome Library blog.
Society for the Study of Addiction to Alcohol and Other Drugs, 1904-1987
The Society's remit included raising public awareness about the dangers of drug/alcohol dependence as well as their investigation. Full catalogue description of the Society archive.
Archives sources guides
Our archivists have compiled extensive lists of material relating to alcohol, drugs, smoking and tobacco use. These in-depth sources guides provide access to the detailed information held in the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue.
Alcohol and drugs
Smoking and tobacco
Items can be requested from the catalogue in advance for viewing in the Library.
How to order material
All of the items in the Library's Archives and Manuscripts Collection must be requested from the closed stores for viewing in the Rare Materials Room. Find out more about request and delivery services.
Contact an archivist
To contact an archivist, email email@example.com or phone +44 (0)20 7611 8899 during Library opening hours.