Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Alternative Press Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1966 - 1977
Collection Number: Mss 169
10 linear feet
(26 oversize boxes)
University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur, Newspaper area.
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.
Alternative Press Collection. Mss 169. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa
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.
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:
Altar Native Sun
Directions for Women
Goleta Valley Today
isla vista argo
Isla Vista Free Press
Isla Vista Viewpoint
LA Free Press
Santa Barbara Independent
Santa Barbara News & Review
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
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
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
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."