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! Learn more about the archive.

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Archive story of the month

In the North of the Netherlands, a “house dealer” experiment was initiated in the late 1970s at youth centre Hippopotamus Unlimited (Hippo).

Items: dive into
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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explore different themes

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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your Collections

With the Quick Selection feature, you can mark your favorite Items to save them for yourself, to share with others, or to contribute the selection to the Narcotic City Archive. Just mark any Items with the heart icon and click on Quick Collections in the top right corner to find out more.

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About the Narcotic City Archive

Learn more about the archive and get in touch with the Narcotic City Archive Team.

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