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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Punk Archive
    Dates: 1980-2011
    Collection number: H.Mss.1050
    Extent: 5.2 Linear Feet (3 record boxes, 5 document boxes)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont, CA 91711
    Abstract: The Punk archive contains materials relating to the punk scene of the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Flyers depict punk bands and famous punk venues from San Francisco and Rancho Cucamonga. These flyers display unique art and designs representative of the punk movement. In addition, there is a newsletter from Orange, California encouraging peaceful resistance to police brutality aimed at punks and a collection of zines from MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL.
    Physical Location: Please consult repository.
    Language of Material: Languages represented in the collection: English.

    Administrative Information


    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Punk archive (Collection H.Mss.1050). Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased in 2013 and 2014.


    The collection will continue to grow as additional materials become available.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Phoebe Huth in 2014 in the Claremont Center for Engagement with Primary Sources (CCEPS), with assistance from Lisa Crane. The materials in the collection were removed from a binder and binder sleeves and placed into acid free folders. Addition of MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL issues processed by Sara Chetney in 2017.

    Biographical / Historical

    The collection was purchased by an antiquarian book seller in 2013 with additional purchases from various booksellers in later years. The collection is comprised of materials surrounding Punk music and lifestyle, mainly from the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The punk scene began to emerge in the United States around the mid- 1970s. Over time, there has been a wider variety and range of punk subgroups. Most punk groups are considered to be anti- establishment and questioning of authoritative powers. The punk scene has developed a specific form of music and artwork, which can be seen throughout the collection.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection is mainly comprised of Punk flyers advertising venues and times for performances of punk bands. These flyers display unique art with dramatic designs representative of the punk movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Flyers advertise for well-known bands, such as U2, The Talking Heads, The Dead Kennedy’s, and local bands. The flyers also have a variety of venues that were integral to the Punk movements, such a Mabohay and On Broadway. The collection contains flyers from both San Francisco and Rancho Cucamonga. The collection also depicts later forms of the punk movement, with zines from 1983-2011 of MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, a not-for-profit monthly zine, which depicts the punk lifestyle across the United States and the world. A newsletter is included in the collection, asking for punks to peacefully resist police brutality.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection has been arranged in the following series:
    Series 1: Flyers, 1980-1986
    Series 2: Newsletters
    Series 3: Posters
    Series 4: Zines, 1983 - 2011
    Series 5: Band merchandise
    The materials have been arranged alphabetically by folder title within each series.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library’s online public access catalog.
    Punk culture
    Zines--Publishing--United States
    Punk rock music