Bryan Ackler Papers
Scope and Content
This collection contains the papers of Bryan Ackler, a graduate of Virginia Tech (B.A., theatre arts, 1974) and a co-founder of Alice, an underground newspaper published in Blacksburg, Virginia, from 1968 to 1970. The collection consists largely of print copies of Alice. The collection also includes a 1970 audio recording (bearing the title "Spectrum #1") of a radio program interview with two Virginia Tech students who had participated in the occupation of Williams Hall during campus protests. (The original audiotape is accompanied by a digital copy on disc.) The recording was produced in response to a university program concerning campus unrest and addresses the underpinnings of campus unrest and demonstrations on the Virginia Tech campus. Among the remaining materials is a copy of the first issue of FREE!: Blacksburg Underground Newspaper (though undated, the contents suggest an early 1970 publication). Also included are a copy of "Alice: the Study of a Free Press," a 1969 paper written by Ackler; a list of 107 Virginia Tech students (probably those arrested during the 1970 occupation of Williams Hall); a 1968 flyer promoting a protest at National Business College, Roanoke; and a folded newsprint poster bearing the title "Baltimore Bulletin: the War is Over" / "Bobby Seale's Parable."
- 1968 - 1970
- Ackler, Bryan (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
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Bryan Ackler, a founding editor of Alice, an underground newspaper published in Blacksburg, Virginia, from 1968 to 1971, graduated from Virginia Tech in 1974, with a degree in theatre arts.
1 Cubic Feet (1 box)
The collection includes the papers of Bryan Ackler, a graduate of Virginia Tech (1974) and co-founder and editor of Alice, a Blacksburg, Virginia, underground newspaper. Includes issues of Alice; a tape recording of an interview with two students involved in the occupation of Williams Hall; and a paper by Ackler, "Alice: the Study of a Free Press."
The collection is arranged by material type, then chronologically. Due to differences in size formats, volumes 2 and 3 of Alice are housed in Box 1, out of chronological order and separate from the remaining volumes of the publication.
Source of Acquisition
The Bryan Ackler Papers were donated to Special Collections and University Archives in 1990.
Existence and Location of Copies
Digital images of Alice may be found on Special Collections and University Archives Online.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Bryan Ackler Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
This collection had originally been cataloged under the title "Brian Ackler Papers." The title of the collection was corrected to "Bryan Ackler Papers" during processing in 2022.
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Bryan Ackler Papers commenced and was completed in December, 2022.
- Bryan Ackler Papers, 1968-1971
- John M. Jackson, Archivist
- 2022 (CC0 1.0)
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