Organization and Arrangement
Title: Punk Archive
Collection number: H.Mss.1050
5.2 Linear Feet
(3 record boxes, 5 document boxes)
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
Physical Location: Please consult
Language of Material: Languages represented in the
This collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in
writing to Special Collections.
[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
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
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
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.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library’s online public access catalog.
Punk rock music