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  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement Note
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Source of Acquisition
  • Related Materials
  • Separated Materials
  • Preferred Citation
  • Other Descriptive Information
  • Processing Information
  • Accruals

  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
    Title: Radical Ephemera and Underground Publications Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS-0013
    Physical Description: 9.60 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1966-2013
    Date (bulk): 1968-1978
    Language of Material: English .

    Scope and Contents

    This collection covers social issues of the late 1960s to mid 1970s in the United States, especially as manifested on the San Diego State University (College) campus and in San Diego County. These issues include women's rights, civil rights, Marxism, Socialism, Vietnam war protests and other issues related to military conflicts, prisoners' rights, and counter-culture or alternative lifestyles.
    The bulk of the Radical Ephemera series relates to activities and controversies on the San Diego State campus, including the Peter Bohmer controversy, protests against Dow Chemical and ROTC presence on campus, protests against faculty firings, and various student strikes. National activities are represented especially by a folder of ephemera relating to radical/subversive student movements at the University of Texas. Ephemera is defined here as flyers, handbills, broadsides, brochures, newspaper clippings, posters, manifestos, and advertisements. The series is arranged alphabetically by originating body, group, or club. There are also topical files alphabetically arranged at the end of each of the three sub-series.
    The Underground Publications series, arranged alphabetically, consists mostly of newspapers with nation-wide circulation covering national events, though several journals and newsletters are also represented. The series is particularly strong in Chicano rights, labor reform, and Communist newspapers.

    Arrangement Note

    I. Radical Ephemera
         1. San Diego State University
         2. San Diego County
        3. National
    II. Underground Publications
          1. San Diego State University
          2. San Diego County
          3. National

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Source of Acquisition

    Joyce and Leon Nower, Gracia Molina de Pick Papers, Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection and other sources

    Related Materials

    Peter Bohmer Collection, 1964-1979
    University Archives Topical File
    University Archives Photograph Collection
    NOW Collection, Series 3, Sub-series 26: Periodicals
    Center for Women's Studies and Services, Series 4: Periodicals

    Separated Materials

    Numerous monographs were removed from this collection for cataloging in 2008. These items were all gifts of Joyce and Leon Nower, and they can be located by searching "Joyce and Leon Nower" in the library catalog and limiting location to Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, Radical Ephemera and Underground Publications Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

    Other Descriptive Information

    Some ephemera and newspapers from the Radical Ephemera and Underground Publications Collection originated from the following collections: Gracia Molina de Pick Papers, Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection

    Processing Information

    Materials are continually added to the collection as they come in.


    2006-067, 2013-039