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Radical Ephemera and Underground Publications Collection

Identifier: MS-0013

Scope and Contents

This collection covers social issues of the late 1960s to mid 1970s as well as from 2016 to present in the United States, especially as manifested on the San Diego State University (College) campus and in San Diego County. These issues include women's rights, civil rights, Marxism, Socialism, Vietnam war protests and other issues related to military conflicts, prisoners' rights, and counter-culture or alternative lifestyles.

The bulk of the Radical Ephemera series relates to activities and controversies on the San Diego State campus, including the Peter Bohmer controversy, protests against Dow Chemical and ROTC presence on campus, protests against faculty firings, and various student strikes. National activities are represented especially by a folder of ephemera relating to radical/subversive student movements at the University of Texas. Ephemera is defined here as flyers, handbills, broadsides, brochures, newspaper clippings, posters, manifestos, and advertisements. The series is arranged alphabetically by originating body, group, or club. There are also topical files alphabetically arranged at the end of each of the three sub-series.

The Underground Publications series, arranged alphabetically, consists mostly of newspapers with nation-wide circulation covering national events, though several journals and newsletters are also represented. The series is particularly strong in Chicano rights, labor reform, and Communist newspapers.


  • Creation: 1966-2013
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1968-1978

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.


9.60 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

I. Radical Ephemera

     1. San Diego State University

     2. San Diego County

    3. National

II. Underground Publications

      1. San Diego State University

      2. San Diego County

      3. National

Source of Acquisition

Joyce and Leon Nower, Gracia Molina de Pick Papers, Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection and other sources


2006-067, 2013-039

Related Materials

Peter Bohmer Collection, 1964-1979

University Archives Topical File

University Archives Photograph Collection

NOW Collection, Series 3, Sub-series 26: Periodicals

Center for Women's Studies and Services, Series 4: Periodicals

Separated Materials

Numerous monographs were removed from this collection for cataloging in 2008. These items were all gifts of Joyce and Leon Nower, and they can be located by searching "Joyce and Leon Nower" in the library catalog and limiting location to Special Collections.

Other Descriptive Information

Some ephemera and newspapers from the Radical Ephemera and Underground Publications Collection originated from the following collections: Gracia Molina de Pick Papers, Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection

Processing Information

Materials are continually added to the collection as they come in.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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