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Marshall Bloom (AC 1966) Alternative Press Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MA.00149

Scope and Contents

The Marshall Bloom Alternative Press Collection consists of approximately 3,500 issues of alternative "underground" newspapers published chiefly in the United States, circa 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, circa 1967-1992. Holdings for most titles are incomplete.

Dates

  • circa 1967-1992

Creator

Conditions Governing 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.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Extent

253.5 Linear feet (507 newspaper boxes (around 3,500 individual titles))

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Approximately 3,500 alternative "underground" newspapers published chiefly in the United States, circa 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, circa 1967-1992.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series:

Missing Title

  1. Series 1: Alternative Newspapers, circa 1967-1989
  2. Series 2: Glossy Magazines, circa 1968-1992

Related Material

Marshall Bloom (AC 1966) Papers

Status
Completed
Author
Peter A. Nelson
Date
2003
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299