January 22nd, 2015 by Daniel H. Johnson
In Ain’t Me Babe was a radical feminist newspaper started by the Berkeley Women’s Liberation in the Berkeley, California in 1970. Trina Robbins who wrote an underground comic with the same name was also involved with the newspaper. This is one of many small organizations and publications that made up the larger women’s liberation movement that was beginning at the time. Indeed, the publication saw itself as part of this wider movement stating: “We must keep in mind that we are a movement not an organization. Our movement can and will be composed of many action organizations differentiated by their political orientation — rather than a single organization that attempts to represent everyone’s politics.”
Papers like It Ain’t Me Babe were created to give voices to women who felt stifled by the larger mail dominated new left publications.
It Ain’t Me Babe (December 1970)
It Ain’t Me Babe (December 1970 Back Cover)
 “The Women’s Movement,” It Ain’t Me, Babe, March 15, 1970, p. 2.
January 14th, 2015 by Daniel H. Johnson
Continuing with the A/V material, this weeks item is an audio cassette tape created by Noah Fredericks as part of his Pilgrim Ships series. Although it is hard to find much biographical information about Fredericks online, the general concept of the Pilgrim Ships series is that people from the Old Testament are actually aliens who descended to Earth.
You can listen to the audio of the first tape of the series by clicking the image below:
Tape One Pilgrim Ships Series – Noah Fredericks
January 8th, 2015 by Daniel H. Johnson
This week we began processing the A/V material in the Hall Hoag Collection. Cassandra de Alba, a graduate student from Simmons College will be organizing and describing the material. There are 22 boxes and ~400 A/V items in the collection. Formats include 1/4 inch audio reels, VHS video tapes, Beta Cam video tapes, audio cassettes and a small number of film reels. The content is varied containing audio/video produced by extremist and dissenting groups, audio interviews conducted by Gordon Hall with extremists, radio appearances by Gordon Hall, b-roll footage from events like a 1964 picnic held by the National States Rights Party, and some extremism related taped television programs.
Cassandra will be organizing the material alphabetically, creating an inventory of the items and then creating item level records for the material noting, dates, titles, names and formats. We will be working to cross reference the material against the printed material in the Hall Hoag collection to ensure that researchers will known which people and groups have A/V material. At this point there are no plans to digitize this material, but it would probably be worth doing in the near future as many of the formats are fragile and obsolete.
1/4 Audio Reels
Mixed A/V Material
December 31st, 2014 by Daniel H. Johnson
Inspiration Books East, Inc. or IBE, Inc. was founded in 1980 out of Jemison, Alabama. IBE is an independent (meaning that it is not affiliated with a particular church or sect) Christian publication that covers a range of topics from religious conspiracies, the coming apocalypse, angels and self-help.
It is hard to find much information online but according to IBE’s website:
“For more than 25 years, IBE has been publishing the “Good News” of Jesus Christ, with special emphasis upon “the sure word of prophecy” foretelling the soon return of Christ to Earth as “King of kings” according to the promise of Scripture.”
The images below come from a 1980s pamphlet about the New World Order, a conspiracy theory revolving around a small group of elites running the world. Full text can be found here.
IBE Back Cover
December 24th, 2014 by Daniel H. Johnson
Political Affairs was started in 1944 by the Communist Party USA, in New York, New York as a replacement for the publication The Communist. Political Affairs was theoretical publication mostly intended for members of the Communist Party providing “Marxist perspectives on many contemporary issues.” Founded in 1919, The Communist Party, USA is the largest communist party in the United States having about 2,000 members currently, but nearly 200,000 at its peak.
Political Affairs (April 1984)
Political Affairs (December 1985)