The Gerth Archives and Special Collections acquired the archive of the L.A. Free Press in August 2021. The newspaper was founded by Art Kunkin in 1964 and was in publication until 1978. The L.A. Free Press, or the "Freep" as it was also called, gave voice to perspectives from the anti-Vietnam War among other movements associated with the counter culture, and was one of the first underground newspapers of the 1960s and 1970s. Publishing articles about the Black, Chicano, LGBTQ and leftist communities from 1964-1978, the L.A. Free Press offered a point of view into communities not covered by mainstream news outlets such as the L.A. Times. Gerth Archives staff travelled to Joshua Tree, California to acquire the archive of newspapers and other materials related to the operation and history of the paper, and will be processing the collection over "several years."
Read more about the Gerth Archives and Special Collections' acquisition of the L.A. Free Press archive on the CSUDH Campus News page.