Browne Popular Culture Library

Alternative/Underground Press Collection


The BPCL's Alternative and Underground Press Collection currently contains more than 250 radical, anti-establishment, and counter-culture serial titles (nearly 2,000 issues), ranging in dates from 1950 to 1989. These primary research materials are excellent resources for examining the social and cultural history of the 1960s, 1970s, and subsequent decades. To facilitate the use of this collection, this guide roughly categories these newspapers by subject to provide you with a starting point for your research. If a title listed under a subject category seems to fit one's ...

The subject categories that follow are not definitive, so you may need to try related headings to find the resources you are looking for. The subject headings have been taken from Alternatives in print. For coverage of specific news events from the time period, the best sources are the Los Angeles Free Press , Berkeley Barb , Berkeley Tribe , and Michigan Free Press , as they follow the “typical” newspaper journalism style most closely.

Box 52 of the BPCL's Alternative and Underground Press Collection contains supplemental materials that may be of interest to you, including information on the Underground Press Syndicate.

The Jerome Library also houses many books on the alternative and underground press movement and on different aspects of the counterculture movement. These sources can be identified under the subject heading in the BGSU Libraries Catalog using the following:

Conservatism--United States--Periodicals--Bibliography
Libraries--Special collections--Underground press publications
Radicalism--United States--Periodicals--Bibliography
Right and left (political science)--Periodicals--Bibliography
Reference books--Underground press--Bibliography
Underground press
Underground press publications

Jerome Library also holds 147 reels of microfilm (almost 600 titles) of underground newspapers and 23 reels of “Herstory” (women's publications) that are not covered in this guide.

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