Chicago Reader Records

Institution: Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-255-3506
Date: 1960-2007
Extent: 168.8 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Biographical/Historical Note:
The Chicago Reader was founded in 1971 by a group of friends who met at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Unlike the underground press of the 1960s, alternative weeklies like the Reader were less political and more commercial in their orientation, published by and for the baby boomers who were then emerging from college.

Scope and Content Note:
A Chicago-based alternative-press weekly published since 1971, the Reader focuses on the arts and cultural events, city politics, and literary journalism. Paper records consist of original copy of some articles, legal files, miscellaneous administrative files, and unsolicited manuscripts, with some original artwork. The bulk of the collection is photographs used in music, drama, dance, neighborhood news, columns, and feature articles. Because of its large size, the collection is divided into four sections: Artwork (Midwest MS Chicago Reader A); Corporate Records (Midwest MS Chicago Reader R); Photographs: News Collection (Midwest MS Chicago Reader PN); and Photographs: Performance Collection (Midwest MS Chicago Reader PP). NOTE: Copyright of all photographs in this collection is owned by photographer. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish or reproduce photographs from individual photographers.

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