Welcome to the
Narcotic City Archive

We invite you to explore and contribute to this free online archive on cultures, histories, activities, and spaces related to drugs. The Narcotic City Archive collects and preserves the heritage of substance use and many associated social, cultural, economic, and political issues. We aim to gather a wide range of historical and contemporary materials from different groups and inviduals – and we hope that you will join us in this process!

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Leaflet of the West Berlin Hash Rebels 19691969

Leaflet of the the “Zentralrat der umherschweifenden Haschrebellen" (Central Council of Roaming Hash Rebels) protesting the Berlin premiere of the Musical Hair in late 1969.

Zentralrat der umherschweifenden Haschrebellen

zugespitzt und abgeräumt. zürich im winter 91/92. städtische drogen- und ordnungspolitik. eine dokumentation der ereignisse und des widerstandes1992

This is a broad documentation of urban drug and order policy and the manifold practices of resistance in the city of Zurich in the winter of 1991/1992.

Reto Tischhauser (autor); ZAGJP Gassenarbeit (editor)

Housing and shelters for women2019

Pictograms drawn by drug users workshops participants, English description below


Archive story of the month

In 2018, with the help of a professional writer, Truus Oldenburg published her life story: Fucking Hell: Het verhaal van Truus Oldenburg. Truus, then a 58-year-old woman living in Amsterdam, felt the need to share her story to counter the taboo on problematic drug use.

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the Narcotic City Archive

Items include any kind of historical or contemporary material that can be shown online. Take a look and follow your own path of discovery!

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Collections allow you to explore different themes and focuses of the Archive, and to discover rich sets of materials contributed by different individuals and groups.

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into the background

With Stories you can explore in-depth perspectives and more information about various items.

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We hope that the Archive will be a living, growing, inclusive space, and a platform for producing knowledge and sharing experiences. We invite you to contribute your own materials and perspectives!

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Amsterdam Nation-Map of Junkie Mokum by Peter Pontiac


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