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Guide to the Midpeninsula Free University publications
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Restrictions
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.
Availability
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.