Barbara Kuck Alternative Press Collection

Dates: 1963-1971
Size: 2 linear feet in 2 boxes
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: spe-a00160
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased from Between the Covers Rare Books in 2016.
Conditions Governing Access: Materials are open without restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use: Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection.
Preferred Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is, Barbara Kuck Alternative Press Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.
Finding Aid Author: Michelle McCoy, 2022


The archive of Chicago’s Nicholas Senn High School student Barbara Kuck contains 78 alternative publications from 1968 and 1971, including 22 issues, drafts and notes related to The Paper which she edited and published.


Barbara Kuck, while a student at Chicago’s Nicholas Senn High School, founded an alternative publication called, The Paper, in 1968. The publication’s objective was to report on student activities and other local or national events that were not covered by the official high school newspaper. Because The Paper was often critical of the school administration, its educational practices and the school’s police detail, Senn High School administrators attempted to curtail its distribution by taking away student lockers and applying other punitive measures. Other topics covered in The Paper include the Chicago 8 conspiracy trial, draft registration, environmental conditions, musical performances, police violence, political activism, racism and the Vietnam War.

The Paper was a member of Chicago Area High School Independent Press Service (CHIPS) and Cooperative High School Press Service. The purpose of these organizations was to exchange publications and to connect student editors and writers across the city and United States. As part of this exchange, Kuck gathered representative issues from other Chicago-area and national student groups. Often articles from one paper would be reprinted by another.

This collection of materials was acquired though an antiquarian book and manuscript vendor and does not include any additional information about Barbara Kuck.

Scope and Contents

The archive of Chicago’s Nicholas Senn High School student Barbara Kuck contains 78 alternative publications from 1968 and 1971, including 22 issues, drafts and notes related to The Paper which she edited and published. The publications are a combination of mimeographed sheets and printed papers that were distributed locally and exchanged with other high school or student organizations across the Chicago area and the United States through the Chicago Area High School Independent Press Service (CHIPS) and Cooperative High School Press Service. The topics covered include conditions and educational practices at specific local high schools as well as national topics such as the Chicago 8 conspiracy trial, the draft, the environment, police violence, political activism, racism and the Vietnam War.

When possible, the high school, organization or publication location are noted to help facilitate the scope of the connections made through the student exchange networks. Notations in square brackets [ ] indicate that the archivist is fairly certain that the information is correct while notations in parentheses add known information.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by publication title or topic.

Subject Headings

  • Black Panther Movement
  • Chicago Area High School Independent Press Service (CHIPS)
  • Cooperative High School Press Service
  • Counterculture -- Chicago -- Illinois
  • Dress codes -- High school -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • High school students’ writings
  • Race discrimination
  • Senn High School (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Student newspapers and periodicals
  • Student newspaper and periodical editors -- Chicago -- Illinois
  • Underground newspapers
  • Underground press publications
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- protest movements -- United States
  • Youth protest movements

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  • Lake View High School Collection
  • Newspapers and Serials Collection
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  • South Shore Newspapers Collection

Collection Inventory

Box 1 Folder 1 [69 Lane Tech] (Lane Tech High School, IL), 1969
Box 1 Folder 2 Anti-draft high school organizing, publications and flyers, 1969-1970
Box 1 Folder 3 Chipmunk (Naperville, IL), 1969 December, 1970 February
Box 1 Folder 4 Fifth Estate (New Trier High School, IL), 3 issues, 1970
Box 2 Folder 1 Finger (Ben Franklin High School, New Orleans, LA), 3 issues, 1969 [December], 1970
Box 1 Folder 5 Greater Responsible Action Student Party (Senn High School, IL edition), 1969
Box 1 Folder 6 Heavenly Blue Flash Press (Snyder/Montpellier, OH), 1969 December
Box 1 Folder 7 High Ground, ([Senn High School?, IL]), [1968]
Box 1 Folder 8 Homework and miscellaneous writings by The Paper contributors, 1963-1968
Box 1 Folder 9 Hudson Free Press (Hudson High School, MN), 1970
Box 2 Folder 2 I’m All Right (Swissvale High School, Pittsburgh, PA), 2 issues, 1970
Box 1 Folder 10 The Intercourse (Lane Tech High School, IL), [1969]
Box 2 Folder 3 The Liberator (Livonia, MI), 1970 March
Box 1 Folder 11 Mau-Mau (Black student newspaper [Senn High School, IL], 1969 April 23
Box 1 Folder 12 The Means (Oak Park and River Forest High School, IL), 2 issues, 1970 April
Box 2 Folder 4 New American Mercury (Bloomington, IN), 1969 November, 1970 February
Box 2 Folder 5 New Free Press (Niles Township Student Coalition, IL), 1969 November
Box 1 Folder 13 New Improved Tide (John Marshall High School Los Angeles, CA), 1970 January-March
Box 1 Folder 14 Nonviolent Training and Action Center (NVTAC) Chicago, brochures and publications, 1969-1970
Box 1 Folder 15 North Country Student Free Press (Ashland, WI), 1970 November, 1971 January
Box 2 Folder 6 Open Forum (Kent, OH), 1970 April 1
Box 2 Folder 7 Pack Rat (Berkeley, CA), 2 issues, 1970 January, March/April
Box 1 Folder 16 The Paper, 1968 December 18
Box 1 Folder 17 The Paper (not inclusive), 1969
Box 1 Folder 18 The Paper (not inclusive), 1970
Box 1 Folder 19 The Paper, administrative materials, 1968-1970
Box 1 Folder 20 The Paper, art and graphics, 1968-1970
Box 1 Folder 21 The Paper, letters regarding punishment for newspaper distribution, 1969
Box 1 Folder 22 The Paper, manuscript article drafts (various authors), 1968-1970
Box 2 Folder 8 Plain Brown Watermelon [Belaire High School, TX], 1970 May
Box 2 Folder 9 Revolutionary Youth Movement (RYM) (Chicago, IL), newspaper, article on the environment, [1970]
Box 1 Folder 23 Senn High School and education, news clippings, 1969-1970
Box 1 Folder 24 Senn News (Senn High School, IL), 1969 December 5, 19
Box 1 Folder 25 Solidarist, The (Garrettsville, OH), 1970 March-April
Box 1 Folder 26 South Dakota Seditionist Monthly, SDSM, 1969 November-December, 1970 February
Box 1 Folder 27 Spud Tater ([Batavia High School, IL]), 1970 February, April
Box 1 Folder 28 Startle (Greater New Haven High School, CT), 1970 April 1
Box 2 Folder 10 Student Free Press [Spokane, WA], [1970] March 16-29
Box 1 Folder 29 Underground Silence (Albert Lea High School, Albert Lea, MN) 2 issues, 1970 March
Box 1 Folder 30 Up From Slavery (Sioux Falls, SD), 1970 May
Box 2 Folder 11 Vast Minority (Philadelphia, PA), 4 issues, 1969 October 13, 31; December 2, 16
Box 1 Folder 31 The Word (East Aurora High School, IL), [1970 January]
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