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The Underground Press @ Archives & Special Collections: Radical Press

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

Radical Publications

Local Publications

Pittsburgh Fair Witness

  • 1970-1973
  • Published by "The Commune", Pittsburgh, PA
  • The title refers to the novel Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  • Radical counterculture underground newspaper focusing on antiwar activism, the New Left, drugs, and the occult

Pittsburgh Point

  • 1966-1970
  • Published by The Point Publishing Co., Pittsburgh, PA
  • Radical local newspaper focusing on political news, arts, and politics

Additional Resources

Pencil logo of the Pittsburgh Zine Fair

The Radical Press

Black and white fist

The Radical Press is perhaps the most diverse component of this collection.  These publications vary dramatically in terms of the geography of their distribution, the demographics of their audiences, and their thematic areas of interest.  There are small local "rags" and large newspapers with international readerships.  There are papers catering more generally to the American counterculture and there are papers focusing on specific groups or organizations, such as the Black Panther Party or the Prisoners' Union.  The authors of these papers focus on a whole range of issues from pacifism to violent uprising and from rock 'n' roll to meditation.  The one thing that unites all of these papers, however, is a fierce commitment to radical social change with the intention of creating equality for all.

See tumblr posts about this collection below.

Cover of Issue 507 of The Berkeley Barb
Cover of Issue 22 of Women's LibeRATion
Cover of Issue 48 of The Pittsburgh Fair Witness
Cover of Vol. XX No. 1 issue of The Black Panther
Cover of Vol. 6 No. 2 issue of The East Village Other

Secondary Sources