Read an account of the lunch meeting with William Colby in the Director’s 7th floor office at the CIA during which the Olson family received these documents:

“What Did the C.I.A. Do To Eric Olson’s Father?”
by Michael Ignatieff,
New York Times Magazine,
April 1, 2001.

 



Read a different account of the experience of receiving these documents:

“The Man Who Knew Too Much.”
by Mary A. Fischer,
GQ Magazine,

January 2000.

 



Read the New York Times obituary of William Colby, including a description of Colby’s bizarre death by drowning after falling from a canoe:

“William E. Colby, Head of C.I.A. in a Time of Upheaval Dies at 76”
By TIM WEINER
,
New York Times,
May 7, 1996.


 

 

 

The Frank Olson Legacy Project

CIA Documents Obtained from William Colby

Director Central Intelligence

July 1975

 

 

1. Memorandum For The Case File X-866287

From: M. A. Stevenson

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05 Jan 53
2. Employee’s Notice of injury or Occupational Disease
27 Nov 53
3. Telegram Stating Death of Frank R. Olson

From: John E. Thompson, Civilian Personnel

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28 Nov 53
4. Memorandum For The Record

From: Sheffield Edwards

Subj: Suicide of Frank Olson, Army Civilian Employee, Camp Dietrich

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28 Nov 53

5. Statement By Dr. Harold Abramson

Made Sat. 28 Nov 53

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28 Nov 53

6. Memorandum For: Inspector General

From: Chief, Inspection and Review
Subj: Use of LSD

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01 Dec 53

7. Memorandum For the Record

Subj: Conversation with Chief of TSS re Olson case

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01 Dec 53

8. Memorandum For the Record


From: Lyman B. Kirkpatrick, Inspector Gen.
Subj: Conversation with Dr. Willis Gibbons Of TSS re Olsen case

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01 Dec 53

9. Office Memorandum to Colonel Edwards

From: Chief, SSD
Subj: Olson, Franklin

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02 Dec 53

10. Certificate of Death, Frank Olson


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02 Dec 53

11. Office Memorandum to Colonel Edwards


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02 Dec 53

12. Special Agent’s Report


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03 Dec 53

13. Memorandum For: General Counsel

From: Harold A. Abramson, M.D.
Subj: Observations on Mr. Frank Olson from 24 November through 27 November 53

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04 Dec 53

14. Memo To Chief, Investigative Division

From: Special Agent in Charge
Subj: Olsen, Frank, No. 73317 – S. I.

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04 Dec 53

15. Statement By Vincent L. Ruwet

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Undated

16. Statement By Dr. John L. Schwab


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Undated

17. Observations on Dr. Frank Olson –
1951 –1953


By Sidney Gottlieb


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07 Dec 53

18. Observations on Dr. Frank Olson


By Robert V Lashbrook


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07 Dec 53

19. Memo For the Record


From: Lawrence R. Houston
Subj: Frank R. Olson


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09 Dec 53

20. Affidavit Unclear


By Alice Smith Wicks Olson


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Undated

21. Claim for Compensation


By Alice Wicks Olson


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14 Dec 53

22. Physician’s Certificate


By Lt. Col. Ruwet


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14 Dec 53

23. Conversation with Gibbons


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14 Dec 53

24. Letter to Bureau of Employee’s Compensation


From: Alice Wicks Olson


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14 Dec 53

25. Memorandum For the Record


By Clyde R. Middleton


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17 Dec 53

26. Memorandum For Director of Central Intelligence


From: Lyman B. Kirkpatrick
Subj: Suicide of Frank Olson


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18 Dec 53

27. Memo For Mr. Houston

From: Clyde R. Middleton


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Undated

28. Letter to Mrs. Alice Wicks Olson

(Page Missing)


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21 Dec 53

29. Marriage Record


By Miles V. Riley, Jr.


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22 Dec 53

30. Certificate of Marriage


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05 Sep 40

31. Letter to Retirement Division, U.S. Civil Service Commission


From: Alice Wicks Olson


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29 Dec 53

32. Letter to Bureau of Employees’ Compensation


From: Alice Wicks Olson


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29 Dec 53

33. Memo For Inspector General


From: Lawrence R. Houston
Subj: Frank R. Olson


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04 Jan 54

34. Routing Slip to Mr. Wisner and Mr. Helms


From: L.B.K.


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07 Jan (54?)

36. Memo For Director of Security


From: Robert H. Cunningham
Subj: Lashbrook, Doctor Robert V. #49418


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19 Jan 54

37. Memo For Mr. Dulles


From: Luis deFlorez


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02 Feb 54

38. Letter from Dr. Harold A. Abramson to CIA


Subj: Case Report on patient John Q. Smith


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09 Feb 54

39. Memo For Mr. Helms


From: CPC (with attachments)


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10 Feb 54

40. List of seventeen documents


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undated

41. Report of Termination of Total or Partial Disability


By: V.L. Ruwet


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date unclear

42. Official Superior’s Report of Injury


By: V.L. Ruwet


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14 Dec 53

43. Report of Termination of Total or Partial Disability


By: V.L. Ruwet


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14 Dec 53

44. Memo for the Case File


By Stevenson


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17 Mar 54

45. Excerpts from IG Diary


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30 Nov 53 –
02 Feb 54

46. Memorandum


Subj: Influencing Human Behavior


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29 Aug 73

47. Subject: Frank R. Olson


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29 Jan 75

48. Project BLUEBIRD/ARTICHOKE


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29 Jan 75

49. Memo For The Record


Subj: Project Artichoke


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03 Feb 75

50. Memorandum For the Record


Subj: Project ARTICHOKE


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03 Feb 75

51. Memorandum For Director of Central Intelligence


Subj: CIA R&D and Testing of Behavior Drugs
From: Donald F. Chamberlain, Inspector General


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05 Feb 75

52. Memo For Inspector General


From: Charles W. Kane, Dir of Security
Alleged Illegal Domestic Activities
(Project ARTICHOKE)
With Attachment: Memo For The Record 31 Jan 75
Subj: Project ARTICHOKE
(In True Name and Sanitized Forms)


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07 Feb 75

53. Memorandum for OCG


From: Inspector General
Subj: Behavioral Drugs


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14 Feb 75

54. Memo For DDA


From: Charles W. Kane
Subj: Alleged Illegal Domestic Activities
(Suicide of Frank R. Olson)


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11 Jul 75
   


Note: More documents to be added.

 

 

Read the New York Times critique of the Colby documents, from January 11, 1976:

“C.I.A.'s Files on LSD Death Found to be Contradictory”

By JOSEPH B. TREASER

New York Times
January 11, 1976