Alternative Press Collection

The Alternative Press Collection in Archives & Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library, is one of the oldest and largest collections of alternative press materials in the United States. The Alternative Press Collection (APC) was founded in the late 1960s out of student participation in activist movements for social, cultural and political change. The library from the Radical Education Project of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was added to the collection in 1972. Currently, the APC includes thousands of national and international newspapers, serials, books, pamphlets, ephemera and artifacts documenting activist themes and organizations, spanning from the 1800s to the present. The collection contains more than 7,000 newspaper and magazine titles with 90 still on subscription, 5,000 books and pamphlets, 1,800 files of ephemera from activist organizations throughout the country, plus miscellaneous posters, broadsides, buttons, calendars and manuscripts. Subjects represented in the APC include (but are not limited to): Anti-War Movements/Peace and Solidarity (Particularly from the Vietnam Era) Publications by and for Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Minorities Women’s Liberation/Feminist Publications Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer publications Student Protests and Activism Political Movements (Communism, Socialism, Anarchism, Radical Politics on the Left and Right) Environmental Movements
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