Dacus Library acquired a digital archive last year from Reveal Digital called Independent Voices. Compiled from libraries’ special collections, the Independent Voices collection chronicles the decades of the 60s, 70s and 80s through the independent alternative press.
If you’re interested in taking a closer look at the Independent Voices archive and you’re wondering how some of the collections might be useful to your classes or research, go to Reveal Digital’s blog. Every couple of weeks there will be a new post about how Independent Voices was useful to an author’s research. Dr. Jeremy Guida, whose dissertation was on the religious significance of the underground press, writes the March 1 post about the 1967 San-Francisco Be-In, a gathering of participants in the hippie countercultural movement.
After an interesting recap of these “be-ins,” the last paragraph of Dr. Guida’s post guides you through some searches he did in the Independent Voices archive while doing research on this topic. If you’re interested in taking a look at the Independent Voices archive, go to Dacus Library’s homepage and from the databases tab, select Independent Voices from the A-Z list. You’ll have access to all the Independent Voices collections (if you’re off-campus, you must set a library account password – see this guide for instructions). Whether you use Independent Voices for scholarly purposes or you browse through some of the periodicals for fun, it’s definitely a unique and interesting archive.