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The Underground Press @ Pitt Special Collections: Alternative Professional Press

This guide provides an overview of the underground newspapers and magazines that can be found at Special Collections

Alternative Professional Publications

Local Publications

The Alternatives

  • 1974-1975
  • Published by the Staff of the Alternative Education Resource and Development Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Contained information regarding the development of and support for alternative education programs.
  • Its articles featured Penn Circle High School prominently

Health Writes!

  • 1972
  • Published by the Medical Committee for Human Rights, Pittsburgh Chapter, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Written in a zine-style, it included both local and national content and aimed to involve healthcare consumers in the process of advocating for system-level change

The Alternative Professional Press

Blue fist

One critical component of the American counterculture movement of the 60s and 70s was a wave of activism occurring within various professional spheres.  Central to this effort were the development of radical approaches to education, healthcare, and psychotherapy.  The Alternative Professional Press created a number of papers aimed at helping various professionals within these fields to radicalize their practice.  This often involved breaking down the imagined divisions between schooling, therapy, or healthcare and social or political change.  In so doing, these papers opened up new spaces for activism within the professional sphere. 


See tumblr posts about this collection below.

Cover of Issue 9 of Radical Teacher
Cover of Issue 2 of Alternatives
Cover of Issue 3 of Health Writes
Cover of Vol. 3 No. 5 issue of Rough Times

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Additional Resources