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Inventory of the Anderson Valley Advertiser Archives
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  • History
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement of the Collection
  • Access
  • Processing Information
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights

  • Title: Anderson Valley Advertiser Records
    Identifier/Call Number: D-171
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis General Library, Dept. of Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 52.4 linear feet.
    Date (inclusive): 1944-2012
    Abstract: The Anderson Valley Advertiser (AVA) Records features correspondence, secondary research, ephemera, photographs, and other materials related to Bruce Anderson, editor of the Anderson Valley Advertiser. The collection spans the years 1944-2011 with the bulk of the collection comprising the years 1984-1991. The collection features materials related to Earth First!, environmental activist Judi Bari, the Mendocino County School Board, the Wanda Tinasky controversy, and the New Boonville Hotel. The collection also features newspaper clippings from various Bay Area newspapers and magazines, such as the San Francisco Chronicle, and includes back issues of the AVA from 1978-2012.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Creator: Anderson Valley Advertiser (Firm).

    History

    The Anderson Valley Advertiser (AVA) was established in 1956 by Elizabeth and Steven Malgrem as a small community newspaper in Boonville, California, in Mendocino County. The newspaper originally served only the Anderson Valley and surrounding communities but has since reached national circulation. Bruce Anderson, who is not related to the namesake of the Anderson Valley, bought the newspaper in 1983 in an effort to establish a publication that featured not only local news but national political news as well.
    Often described as politically left wing, the newspaper focuses on a variety of issues such as: the Mendocino County School Board; Mendocino County Indian education; the Wanda Tinasky controversy; Vernon and Charlene Rollins and the New Boonville Hotel; and environmental movements and environmentalists such as Earth First! and Judi Bari. Renowned political journalist and writer Alexander Cockburn was a regular contributor for the publication. Bruce Anderson often courted controversy for his outspoken political and personal views.
    After independently managing the AVA for twenty years, Mr. Anderson sold the newspaper and moved to Eugene, Oregon to create a new publication, AVA Oregon! The effort failed and Anderson bought back the Mendocino-based AVA in 2007. Still published in Boonville, the publication is available in print and online.

    Scope and Content

    The Anderson Valley Advertiser (AVA) Records features correspondence, secondary research, ephemera, photographs, and other materials related to Bruce Anderson, editor of the Anderson Valley Advertiser. The collection spans the years 1944-2011 with the bulk of the collection comprising the years 1984-1991. The collection features materials related to Earth First!, environmental activist Judi Bari, the Mendocino County School Board, the Wanda Tinasky controversy, and the New Boonville Hotel. The collection also features newspaper clippings from various Bay Area newspapers and magazines, such as the San Francisco Chronicle, and includes back issues of the AVA from 1978-2012.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The collection is arranged in eight series: I. Biographical Information; 2. Correspondence; 3. Secondary Materials; 4. Ephemera; 5. Clippings; 6. Photographs; 7. Realia; and 8. AVA Back Issues. There are two subseries: 3.1, Court Cases; and 4.1 Art and Writing. Court Cases is located within the Secondary Material Series and Art and Writing is located within the Ephemera Series. The collection is roughly chronological.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed under the Guidelines for Efficient Archival Processing in the University of California Libraries. Due to the unclear order of the original materials, items in the collection are grouped by series and arranged in the order of the boxes in which they were originally stored.
    Colby E. “Babe” Slater Student Intern Brittani Orona and Manuscript Archivist. Liz Phillips processed this collection with the assistance of student employee Kelley Liang.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Bruce Anderson, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Anderson Valley Advertiser Records, D-171, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, University of California, Library, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Anderson Valley Advertiser (Firm)--Archives
    Anderson, Bruce--Correspondence
    Bari, Judi--Correspondence
    Anderson Valley (Calif.)--Newspapers
    Mendocino County (Calif.)--Periodicals
    Forest conservation--California, Northern--Citizen participation
    Mendocino County (Calif.)--Politics and government