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Chris Oakley collection of alternative press

Identifier: MSS 0471

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1968-1992


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Biographical Note

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 for The 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.


1 linear foot (1 box)

2 oversize box (24 inches)


Chris Oakley was a longtime resident of Newark, Delaware, a community organizer and a strong advocate for media democracy. The Chris Oakley collection of alternative press consists of alternative press newspapers, community newsletters, magazines and ephemera related to from local to international communities, women's activism and local writers, as well as some personal papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Chris Oakley, September and October 1993

Related Materials in this Repository

MSS 0256, Pauline A. Young collection

MSS 0718, Dreemstreets records

Shelving Summary

  1. Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons
  2. Boxes 2-3: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (24 inches)

Processing Information

Procesed by Arica L. Coleman, June 2003. Additional encoding by John Caldwell, January 2019.

Finding aid for Chris Oakley collection of alternative press
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2019 January 11
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Repository

181 South College Avenue
Newark DE 19717-5267 USA