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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Political Newspapers Collection,
    Dates: 1953-1994,
    Dates: bulk 1969-1992
    Collection Number: Consult repository.
    Collector: Zweig, Martha California State University, Dominguez Hills
    Extent: 30 boxes [42.74 linear ft]
    Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
    Archives & Special Collection
    University Library, Room G-145
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, California 90747
    Phone: (310) 243-3013
    URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
    Abstract: This collection consists of 113 alternative newspaper and journal titles whose primary focus is from an ethnic, leftist, socialist, or communist perspective. A large number of the collection consists of issues of The Guardian, though it also includes publications such as La Raza, The Black Panther, Chinese Literature, and The Realist. Collection also consists of other publications and leaflets relating to topics such as the Anti-War Movement, the Feminist Movement, and the Student Movement.
    Language: Collection material is in English and Spanish.

    Administration Information


    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Title of item], Political Newspapers Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Acquisition Information

    Most of this collection was donated by Martha Zweig in 2009. Other portions of the collection were collected by Archives and Special Collections throughout the years 1990-2008.

    Processing Information

    The collection was processed by Erin Kurinsky, 2010.


    The collection consists of 113 newspaper and journal titles, published between 1953 and 1994, though the majority of the collection was published between 1969 and 1992. The newspapers all report from a leftist perspective and many of the publications espouse a Communist ideology. Topics relating to many of the major movements of the late 20th Century are covered, including the Anti-War Movement, the Black Movement, the Chicano Movement, and the Feminist Movement. As many of the publications relate to Communist ideology, there is a great focus on labor issues and the plight of the working class in the United States. These Communist publications largely report on issues in the United States, though they also report on world happenings, including coverage of Cuba. Many of the journals offered extensive coverage relating to the death of Mao Zedung in 1976.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of 113 newspaper titles. Some journals report from a national perspective, while others focus on local news and politics. These journals all focus on politics from a leftist point of view, and a large number of publications in the collection espouse a Marxist viewpoint. The collection spans from the early 1950s through the early 1990s, though the majority of newspapers were published in the late 1960s and 1970s. The bulk of the collection is comprised of issues of The Guardian, though there are also larger collections of Berkeley Barb/Berkeley Tribe, Black Panther, The Call, Chinese Literature, People's World, Ramparts, La Raza, The Realist, and World Magazine. The majority of journal titles are represented by a single issue or a few issues. There is also a collection of flyers, leaflets, and other publications a variety of topics including the Anti-War movement, the Black movement, Feminism, the Labor movement, and the Student movement.


    Arranged in 3 series:
    • Series I. The Guardian, 1968-1992
    • Series II. Other Substantial Newspaper Collections
    • Series III. Miscellaneous Publications

    Indexing Terms


    Chicano movement--United States--Newspapers.
    Communism--United States--Newspapers.
    Conspiracy theories--United States--Newspapers.
    Feminist theory--United States--Newspapers.
    Labor movement--United States--Newspapers.
    Labor unions--United States--Newspapers.
    Liberal perspectives.
    Marxist criticism--United States--Newspapers.
    Marxist-Leninist theory.
    Marxist pamphlets.
    Peace movements--United States--Newspapers.
    Philosophy, Marxist--United States--Newspapers.
    Student movements--California--Berkeley--Newspapers.
    Student movements--United States--Newspapers.
    Underground newspapers--United States.
    Underground press publications--United States.

    Personal Names

    Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
    Cleaver, Eldridge, 1935-1998
    Davis, Angela Y. (Angela Yvonne), 1944-
    Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
    Newton, Huey P.
    Reagan, Ronald
    Seale, Bobby, 1936-
    Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976

    Corporate Names

    Black Panther Party
    Communist Party of the United States of America
    Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)
    Weather Underground Organization

    Related Material

    Gidra Collection, a Los Angeles, California publication relating to issues of Japanese Americans between 1969-1974.