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Guide to the Midpeninsula Free University publications
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC1232
    Creator: Midpeninsula Free University.
    Title: Midpeninsula Free University publications
    Dates: 1966-1970
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
    Stanford University Libraries.
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    This collection was given by Priscilla Jones Warr, AB 1967, to Stanford University, Special Collections in September 2014.

    Information about Access

    The materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    [identification of item], Midpeninsula Free University publications (SC1232). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical/Historical note

    The Midpeninsula Free University (MFU) was a free university, operating primarily between 1966 and 1971 on the San Francisco Midpeninsula. The MFU offered an open curriculum; anyone who paid the nominal membership fee of $10 could offer a course in any subject. Courses were publicized in illustrated catalogs, issued quarterly and widely distributed. The MFU had no campus; classes were taught in homes and storefronts. Its magazine-style, illustrated newsletter, The Free You, published articles, features, fiction, poetry, and reviews contributed by both members and nonmembers. The MFU sponsored, be-ins, street concerts, a restaurant, a store, and was actively involved in every aspect of the flourishing counterculture on the Midpeninsula, including the anti-war movement at Stanford University. The MFU was eventually disbanded in July of 1971.
    Biographical text excerpted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midpeninsula_Free_University

    Scope and Contents

    The materials consist of catalogs of course offerings available at the Midpeninsula Free University, as well as its newsletter, The Free You, from 1966-1970. Also included are some Stanford University student publications from the same era.

    Access Terms

    Warr, Priscilla Jones
    Alternative education--California--San Francisco Bay Area
    Free schools--California--San Francisco Bay Area.
    Midpeninsula Free University--Catalogs.