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Grand Rapids Public Library underground newspapers collection

Identifier: Collection 256


The Grand Rapids Public Library underground newspapers collection is a devised collection which documents a genre of newspapers held in the Grand Rapids Public Library Archives. These Michigan underground newspapers share a time period in history from 1969 to 1973, during a time of civil unrest in the United States. In most cases only sample items are available, while for the title “Root”, several issues are included, though it is believed that this is not a complete run of the title. These titles are available on microfilm for daily use. Original paper holdings for the issues listed in this finding aid are also currently held by the Library, though their paper form may not physically survive as long as the microfilm.


  • 1971-1979


1.8 Linear Feet (One box)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Frank Girard, accession number 1986.413.

Related Materials

Coll. 259, GRPL Newspaper Collection and ancillary matter

Processing Information

Three issues of the New River Free Press, once housed in this collection at Box 1, Folder 2, have been moved to Coll. 500. Jordan Cloud, 9/24/2020

Finding aid for the Grand Rapids Public Library underground newspapers collection
R. Mayne
April 2000
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Grand Rapids History Center Repository

Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids Michigan 49503 USA