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Bloom (AC 1966) Alternative Press Collection, ca. 1967-1992
507 newspaper boxes (ca. 3,500 individual titles) (253.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Approximately 3,500 alternative "underground" newspapers published chiefly in the United States, ca. 1967-1989, most originally compiled by Liberation News Service as record copies from its subscribers. Also included is a much smaller collection of glossy magazines for gay men, ca. 1967-1992.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Bloom (AC 1966) Alternative Press Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes. All requests for materials from this collection must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Bloom (AC 1966) Alternative Press Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Historical Note

In 1967 Marshall Bloom (AC 1966) co-founded, with Raymond Mungo of Boston University, a news organization, first called Resistance Press Service, whose purpose was to deliver feature stories and news to the "underground" press, student press, radio stations and independent weekly newspapers and magazines as an alternative to established news services such as Associated Press (AP) and Collegiate Press Service (CPS). The name of the organization was soon changed to Liberation News Service (LNS). LNS achieved initial success and became firmly established after the October 1967 anti-Vietnam War protests at the Pentagon in Washington by reporting on aspects of the antiwar movement that had been ignored or misunderstood by mainstream media. The organization sent out inexpensively produced offset-printed "packets" to its subscribers several times a week. First based in Washington, D.C., where it received financial assistance from the Institute for Policy Studies, it moved to New York City, near Columbia University, in 1968. After an internal division within LNS, Bloom and a group of his associates moved operations to a farm in rural Montague, Massachusetts. This "branch" of LNS seems to have ceased with issue #120, January 1969, while issues from New York City continued to be produced through 1981. Marshall Bloom died in 1969.

LNS eventually served as many as 400 subscribers throughout North America and Europe. The collection accrued through an agreement whereby LNS subscribers submitted one copy of every issue in which LNS stories were published. After being acquired by Amherst College, the collection has grown through the acquisition of additional titles from various sources.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Marshall Bloom Alternative Press Collection consists of approximately 3,500 issues of alternative "underground" newspapers published chiefly in the United States, ca. 1967-1989, most originally compiled by Liberation News Service as record copies from its subscribers. Also included is a much smaller collection of glossy magazines for gay men, ca. 1967-1992. Holdings for most titles are incomplete.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Bloom (AC 1966) Alternative Press Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes. All requests for materials from this collection must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Bloom (AC 1966) Alternative Press Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Bloom (AC 1966) Alternative Press Collection [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection


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