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Guide to the Alternative Press Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Alternative Press Collection,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1966 - 1977
    Collection Number: Mss 169
    Extent: 10 linear feet (26 oversize boxes)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Del Sur, Newspaper area.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. 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 as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Alternative Press Collection. Mss 169. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase and donation from various sources, mainly in the late 1960s and 1970s.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection mainly contains latter 1960s and early 1970s US newspapers, with an emphasis on California, but also some foreign titles. In most cases there are only single or scattered issues, not long runs. Included are newspapers devoted to African American, anti-war, Chicano/Latino, environmental, feminist, gay/lesbian, literary/poetry, radical/conservative, and religious themes and issues.

    Related Collections

    In UCSB Special Collections
    Longer runs of similar newspapers have been cataloged individually and may be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog. Titles include:

    Akwesasne Notes

    Altar Native Sun

    Berkeley Barb

    Daily Planet

    Directions for Women


    Goleta Valley Today

    Green Revolution

    isla vista argo

    Isla Vista Free Press

    Isla Vista Viewpoint

    Isla Vistar

    LA Free Press

    Majority Report

    Nola Express

    Open City



    Santa Barbara Independent

    Santa Barbara News & Review


    Strategic Hamlet

    American Religions Collection. Contains newspapers issued by various twentieth century, non-mainstream religious groups.
    Radical Pamphlets Collection. Includes material relating to anarchism, anticommunism, anti-war, draft resistance and conscientious objection status, ecology, ecumenicism, education, gangs, gay liberation, health care, imperialism, intentional communities, labor unions, Marxism, New Left, peace activism, revolutionary movements, student activism, tenants rights, Viet Nam, and women's issues.
    Santa Barbara Newspapers Collection. Contains smaller runs of local newspapers, including alternative press.
    Elsewhere in UCSB Libraries
    Alternative Press: A Guide to the Microfilm Collection (Reference). A copy of the guide only is at UCSB. The microfilm was acquired through the UC Shared Collections and Access program, and is located at UCSC.
    Alternative Press Index (Reference).
    Underground Press Collection, 1963-1985. Microform set, 476 reels, with accompanying guide. Some, but not most, of the issues in the Alternative Press Collection can be found in the Underground Press Collection.
    At Other Institutions
    Ash, Lee, and William G. Miller, Subject Collections (New York: R.R. Bowker, 1993), has headings such as Underground Literature and Press, which list a number of repositories with significant related collections. Among them are:
    Library of Congress, Serial and Government Publications Division
    Michigan State University
    Northwestern University
    University of Connecticut
    Stanford University, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution & Peace. New Left Politics Collection and other special subject collections, at: http://www-hoover.stanford.edu/homepage/library.html
    State Historical Society of Wisconsin. According to the entry in Ash, the largest collection of U.S. and Canadian underground or alternative publications in North America (http://www.shsw.wisc.edu/library/collect.html). Also, a number of social action collections in the Archives Division at: http://www.shsw.wisc.edu/archives/index.html
    University of California Berkeley, Bancroft Library. Free Speech Movement Project at:http://library.berkeley.edu/BANC/FSM/
    University of California, Davis, Special Collections. Alternative theatre collections, several from the San Francisco area at: http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/specol/html/perform.html
    UCLA, Young Library. The entry in Ash notes: "Current non-governmental English-language pamphlets (192,819), broadsides, leaflets and other ephemera on public affairs, from 1960, representing a wide spectrum of political and social opinions."