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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Outrageous pamphleteers: A history of the Communication Company, 1966-1967
by Carlson, Evan E., M.L.I.S., San Jose State University, 2012, 112; 1528862
Abstract (Summary)

The thesis examines the history of the Communication Company, a grassroots radical street press utilizing mimeograph technology and operating for and within the psychedelic hippie counterculture of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury District from 1967–1968. The symbiotic relationship between the Communication Company and the Diggers, a street theater and anarchist collective that became a group of de facto social workers of the Haight, is discussed, demonstrating how the Communication Company fulfilled a critical role as the Diggers' outreach and information ministry. The products of the Com/co press were also examined within the context of the American radical pamphlet tradition. By exploring the cycle and activities of Com/co, the study sought to shed new light on the radical pamphlet tradition and the role it played in the 1960s counterculture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hansen, Debra
Commitee: Weedman, Judith, Wrenn-Estes, Beth
School: San Jose State University
Department: Library & Information Science
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American studies, American history, Library science, Communication
Keywords: Communication Company, Counterculture, Diggers, Haight-Ashbury, Mimeograph, Pamphlet
Publication Number: 1528862
ISBN: 978-1-267-69275-7
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