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Chris Oakley was a longtime resident of Newark, Delaware and a community organizer. She was a strong advocate for media democracy. In an effort to insure that her community received diverse viewpoints concerning local, national, and international issues, Ms. Oakley was actively involved in journalism. She contributed and subscribed to numerous alternative newspaper publications and literary magazines. Some of these publications featured local commercial advertisements and entertainment news, while others featured issues of social justice. She served as a staff writer forThe Delaware Alternative Press, Delaware Free Press, Delaware Independent Advertiser, Dreamstreets, The Heterodoxical Voice, On the Other Side, Tangent, and Taproot. As a community organizer, Ms. Oakley lent her support to many causes including racial, gender, environmental, and global justice. In 1993 she relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia.
Information derived from the collection.
The Chris Oakley collection of alternative press was donated by Ms. Oakley in 1993. The Collection consists of eight series. The first series consists of alternative newspapers from local to international communities. The second series consists of various newsletters and ephemera pertaining to women's activism in Delaware. The third series consists of local community newsletters. The fourth series consists of nonfiction magazines. The fifth series consists of literary magazines featuring local writers. The sixth series consists of editorial and production papers. The seventh series consists of financial statements. The eighth series consists of miscellaneous notes, art work, and photos. Issues are organized in chronological order. If dates are not provided, issues are arranged in order of volume number.
- Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons
- Boxes 2-3: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (24 inches)
Gift of Chris Oakley, September and October 1993
Procesed by Arica L. Coleman, June 2003. Additional encoding by John Caldwell, January 2019.
- University of Delaware Library Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
- Finding Aid Date
- 2019 January 11
- Access Restrictions
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Includes a fragmented collection of a variety of alternative newspapers from 1968 – 1992. Most of the series is composed of Delaware newspapers; however, national and international papers are also a part of this series. The newspapers cover local, national, and international politics from a progressive viewpoint. Some also feature local entertainment and commercial advertising.
Includes various issues of alternative newsletters that were published and distributed in Delaware. This folder contains copies ofThe Delaware Free Press, The Delaware Spectator, The Paper, The Viewpoint and The Weekly Post.
Includes various issues of national alternative newsletters from San Francisco to New York. Also includes 2 papers from the Communist Party of Cuba. Folder contains issuesThe Ally, The Black Panther Community News, The Bicentennial of What?, The Bond: The Serviceman's Newspaper, The Catholic Worker, Citizen's Voice, Civil Liberties, Community: Philadelphia's Progressive Paper, Cuba for Beginners, Direct Action for a Nonviolent World, Gramma: The Communist party of Cuba, Guardian, Harry, Hundred Flowers, The Liberated Guardian, National Black Monitor, Rail Strike, Scope, and The Village Voice.
Includes various newsletters and ephemera pertaining to women's activism in Delaware, a letter from the Pro-Choice Coalition, several letters "to the editor."
Ms. Young was a longtime Delaware resident and niece of Alice Dunbar-Nelson (author, educator, activist and former wife of African American poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar). This folder includes an original charcoal portrait of Ms. Young, a featured article published in the May 1981 edition of the Tangent, a draft of the May '81 article, and a letter from Ms. Young to Chris Oakley.
Includes national newsletter which focused on anti-Vietnam activities.
Includes newsletter layouts and typed draft.
Includes miscellaneous notes, drafts, and letters pertaining to the DFP newsletter.
Includes bank statements from Delaware Trust Bank, 1981-1982.
Includes bank statements from Girard Bank, 1982. cancelled checks and deposits slips.