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International Counterculture Archive

 Collection
Identifier: GRC0003

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains printed and handwritten materials: magazines, almanacs, "fanzines", newsletters, manuscripts, books, posters, fliers, leaflets and other forms of printed ephemera; audio: self-produced, small label etc. recordings of music, poetry, verbal art, speeches, lectures, performances; video recordings: self-produced, small label, or homemade videos pertaining to the subject; film: self-produced, small label, or homemade films pertaining to the subject; photographs documenting countercultural activities; and ephemera and works of plastic arts.

These materials address subjects such as political movements including right and left fringe, nationalism, labor, terrorism, lobbying bodies; Bohemian movements: literary and artistic groups and movements; music movements and performance art: jazz, folk, rock'n'roll, avant garde; youth movements: mods, hippies, punk, post/punk/new wave, hippie revivalism, cyber-punk and others; drug subculture; feminism; gay subculture; green and "back to nature" movements; neo pagan movements; and Indigenous group movements.

Though the Archive's collection policy is truly global in scope currently collecting activity centers on two distinct areas: Russia, CIS (commonwealth of independent states) countries, Eastern Europe and the Balkans; and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Please note: this collection has unprocessed portions. Please see staff for assistance.

Dates

  • 1990-2003

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Some records may be restricted.

Restrictions on 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.

Historical Note

The International Counterculture Archive has the goal of collecting multimedia materials produced by, or dealing with, countercultural groups and movements of different countries. The Archive serves as a depositary for such a collection and provides assistance, expertise, necessary networking to scholars from different fields involved in the study of countercultural movements. The Archive is an interdisciplinary body. In addition to acquisition and processing of the materials, the Archive provides bibliographic description of the collection, reference support and serves as a link for scholars and collectors working in the field. Counterculture groups and movements are defined as existing within any modern society and in any country which find themselves in opposition to governing and accepted mainstream ideology, values and the approved and sanctioned forms of self expression. Counterculture is a culture of opposition and minorities. It can be highly political and/or purely artistic, but it inevitably finds itself in opposition to the mainstream political thinking, aesthetical perceptions, styles, and forms and ways of self expression.

Extent

12 Linear Feet

Language

Russian

Abstract

This collection contains printed and handwritten materials: magazines, almanacs, "fanzines", newsletters, manuscripts, books, posters, fliers, leaflets and other forms of printed ephemera; audio: self-produced, small label etc. recordings of music, poetry, verbal art, speeches, lectures, performances; video recordings: self-produced, small label, or homemade videos pertaining to the subject; film: self-produced, small label, or homemade films pertaining to the subject; photographs documenting countercultural activities; and ephemera and works of plastic arts.

Collection Organization

Only a small portion of this collectin is processed. When processing is complete, this small portion will most likely be designated as a series titled Counterculture zines.

Acquisition Information

Curator Mark Yoffe actively collects the materials that make up this Archive.

Creator

Title
Preliminary Guide to the International Counterculture Archive, 1990-2003
Status
Partially Processed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Global Resources Center, The George Washington University
Date
2007
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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Washington 20052 United States of America