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Bay Area Research Collective - Underground Newspapers Collection

Identifier: LAC0009

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material amassed by a member of the Bay Area Research Collective (BARC), a radical left-wing publishing collective and distributor active during the 1970s. According to its journal "Dragon," the driving force behind the work of the BARC was that "aboveground, underground, and locked down are three facets of the same struggle," and that their purpose was to "try to break down the barriers among the three through support and criticism, at all times trying to build unity."

Split into two series, the collection is comprised mostly of underground newspapers, mainstream newspaper clippings and other material produced by or related to radical left-wing and revolutionary groups of the post-1960s American and international Left. As a whole the materials document a large swath of organizations, movements and issues of the time, from American revolutionary communist and Black Power groups to the national liberation and anti-imperialist movements of Latin America and Southeast Asia. Produced between the years of 1969 and 1986, there is throughout the collection an emphasis on the theory and practice of armed struggle, emergent Black Power and feminist politics, and the need for anti-imperialist/internationalist solidarity, all indicative of the context out of which the materials come.

Most of the materials in Series 1, Newspapers, are dedicated to local community and movement news, but also included are college campus newspapers, including the University of California at Berkeley's Daily Californian, and papers produced by specific organizations, including Palante, published by the Young Lords Party, Sun/Dance, published by the White Panter Party, and the SCAR'd Times, published by the Statewide Correctional Alliance for Reform, a radical prisoner's rights organization. There are also specific issue journals dealing with women's liberation, black liberation, drug use issues and Native peoples' issues.

The materials in Series 2, Subject Files, are arranged into folders by the organization which produced them, the topic of the materials included or the title of publication. The majority of the materials are from various radical and revolutionary left-wing organizations, including among many others the Black Panther Party, the Black Liberation Army, the Weather Underground Organization, the Youth International Party, and the Symbionese Liberation Army. These folders mostly contain newspaper clippings, but also communiques, correspondence and radical publications. The various folders arranged by topic cover labor issues, women's issues, terrorism, the Vietnam War, the murder of Popeye Jackson, the ecology movement, among many other subjects, and also generally contain newspaper clippings and other publications.


  • 1969-1986

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.


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This collection contains material amassed by a member of the Bay Area Research Collective (BARC), a radical left-wing publishing collective and distributor active during the 1970s. Included are newspapers and subject files dating from 1969-1986.


This collection is organized into two series. Series 1, Newspapers, contains underground radical left-wing newspapers and publications dating from 1970-1986. Series 2, Subject Files, contains a variety of materials arranged into folders documenting revolutionary New Left and post-New Left organizations and issues, dating from 1969-1982.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2012 [2012.048].

Guide to the Bay Area Research Collective - Underground Newspapers Collection, 1969-1956
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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Washington 20052 United States of America