Rich Birkett Hash Bash collection (1972-2017 and undated)
Summary Information
Title: Rich Birkett Hash Bash collection
Creator: Birkett, Richard
Inclusive dates: 1972-2017 and undated
Extent: 1.00 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes)
Abstract:
The Hash Bash collection consists of materials collected by Richard "Rich" Birkett relating to the organization and celebration of Hash Bash, an annual event held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to advocate for the legalization of marijuana. The collection includes promotional and event flyers, photographs, newspaper clippings, and organizational information, as well as several court documents relating to permit bans and other legal issues related to Hash Bash events.
Call number: ams.0022
Language: The material is in English.
Repository: University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center), Joseph A. Labadie Collection

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright has not been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan. Permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s).

Preferred Citation:

Rich Birkett Hash Bash Collection, University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center)

Collection History
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Richard Birkett, 2017.

Processing Information:

The materials were largely arranged chronologically upon reciept. Additional unsorted materials were interfiled with the chronological materials, with undated materials being placed in a seperate folder. Items including personally identifying information (such as phone numbers, bank statements, and personal checks and financial records) was removed to be processed separately. Collection processed by Hilary Severyn, March 2018.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated materials placed at the end.


Biography

Richard "Rich" Birkett is a marijuana rights activist and has been an organizer of Hash Bash since 1988. He has lobbied for the legalization of marijuana, and is involved with both the Freedom Activist Network and MiNORML, the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. As a member of these organizations, Birkett has unsuccessfully campaigned for public office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has has been involved in numerous legal battles with both Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan in allowing Hash Bash to continue.

Birkett resided in Ann Arbor for most of his life, and later retired to Mexico. He continued to play an active role in Hash Bash as of 2018.

Hash Bash is an annual demonstration in support of the legalization of marijuana, held on the University of Michigan's central campus on the first Saturday of April. Hash Bash takes place at "high noon" and lasts one hour; there is typically an additional festival and vendor fair on Monroe Street for the remainder of the afternoon. Hash Bash has been ongoing since 1972.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials related to the Hash Bash festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings, photographs, event flyers and posters, and other advertisements. Also included are several court documents detailing legal disputes between Rich Birkett and Ann Arbor and University of Michigan authorities over the right to host Hash Bash on the University's campus.

Subject Terms
    Subjects:
    • Marijuana
    • Marijuana -- Law and legislation
    • Drug legalization
    • Demonstrations
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Mixed Materials   1   1
    1972  19 March 1972 - 30 March 1972
    Mixed Materials   1   2
    1977  18 March 1977 - 2 April 1977
    Mixed Materials   1   3
    1978  3 April 1978
    Mixed Materials   1   4
    1979  2 April 1979
    Mixed Materials   1   5
    1980  1980-2011
    Mixed Materials   1   6
    1981  12 February 1981 - 2 April 1981
    Mixed Materials   1   7
    1982  31 March 1982 - 2 April 1982
    Mixed Materials   1   8
    1983  1 April 1983 - 2 April 1983
    Mixed Materials   1   9
    1984  2 April 1984
    Mixed Materials   1   10
    1988  March 1988 - June 1988
    Mixed Materials   1   11
    1989  31 March 1989 - 12 October 1989
    Mixed Materials   1   12
    1990  19 February 1990 - 10 August 1990
    Mixed Materials   1   13
    1991  5 March 1991 - 4 April 1991
    Mixed Materials   1   14
    1992  April 1992
    Mixed Materials   1   15
    1993  13 March 1993 - 6 April 1993
    Mixed Materials   1   16
    1993: National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws v. Mary Ann Swain  January 1993
    Mixed Materials   1   17
    1994  Febuary 1994 - April 1994
    Mixed Materials   1   18
    1995  April 1995
    Mixed Materials   1   19
    1996  Febuary 1996 - August 1996
    Mixed Materials   1   20
    1996: Richard Birkett v. City of Ann Arbor, Michigan  24 May 1996
    Mixed Materials   1   21
    1997  27 March 1997 - 6 April 1997
    Mixed Materials   2   1
    1998  March 1998 - April 1998
    Mixed Materials   2   2
    1999  February 1999 - July 1999
    Mixed Materials   2   3
    1999: Richard J. Birkett v. Brian L. Mackie  22 November 1999
    Mixed Materials   2   4
    2000  15 March 2000 - 1 April 2000
    Mixed Materials   2   5
    2000: University of Michigan v. Richard Birkett  3 April 2000
    Mixed Materials   2   6
    2001  2 April 2001
    Mixed Materials   2   7
    2002  11 December 2001 - 7 April 2002
    Mixed Materials   2   8
    2003  18 March 2003 - 6 April 2003
    Mixed Materials   2   9
    2004  21 March 2004 - 4 April 2004
    Mixed Materials   2   10
    2005  February 2005 - April 2005
    Mixed Materials   2   11
    2006  April 2006
    Mixed Materials   2   12
    2007  April 2007
    Mixed Materials   2   13
    2008  27 March 2008 - 6 April 2008
    Mixed Materials   2   14
    2009  5 April 2009
    Mixed Materials   2   15
    2010: Photographs  April 2010
    Mixed Materials   2   16
    2011  March 2011 - April 2011
    Mixed Materials   2   17
    2012  8 April 2012
    Mixed Materials   2   18
    2013  7 April 2013
    Mixed Materials   2   19
    2014  April 2014
    Mixed Materials   2   20
    2015  2 April 2015 - 6 April 2015
    Mixed Materials   2   21
    2016  2 April 2016
    Mixed Materials   2   22
    2017  April 2017
    Mixed Materials   2   23
    Undated  undated