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Street Journal & San Diego Free Press, 1969-12-12 to 1970-12-04


Scope and Contents

Library holdings of the Street Journal & San Diego Free Press are 1969-12-12 to 1970-12-04. Library holdings likely contain gaps.


  • Publication: 1969-12-12 to 1970-12-04


Language of Materials

Materials predominately written in English with some Spanish-language writing.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Access to fragile originals is restricted when access copies are available. The Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room is accessible by appointment only, Monday-Friday, 8am - 4pm. Final requests for materials must be made one hour prior to closing. Please submit requests for archival materials at least 24 hours in advance of desired appointment. Materials requested over the weekend will be available on the following Tuesday at the earliest. Please note that Special Collections and University Archives observes all campus holiday closures as noted in the Library Calendar. For more information, please send an email to

Biographical / Historical

The Street Journal and its preceeding and succeeding titles, the San Diego Free Press and the Street Journal & San Diego Free Press was an undergound tabloid-style newspaper geared towards San Diego counterculture and radical communities. The paper reported on local news and issues related to the antiwar and peace movements, the movement for a democratic military, San Diego policing, San Diego city government, labor, abortion and reproductive health, student movements, the Chicano movement, Black liberation, and ecology, among others. Running feuds with the San Diego police and C. Arnholt Smith, James Copley, and the San Diego Union-Tribune were also documented in the newspaper. The newspaper was staunchly critical of capitalism, the military industrial complex, the police, corrupt government, President Nixon, the Vietnam War, San Diego police and politicians, and the San Diego Union-Tribune, C. Arnholt Smith, and James Copley.

The paper's intersectional approach to liberation movements is evidenced by articles written by and about specific community movements, and in the paper's publication of El Barrio and Dare to Struggle, geared towards news and issues of the Chicano and Black liberation movements specifically. An article by Cesar Chavez critical of the Catholic Church appears in the December 18, 1969 issue of the Street Journal & San Diego Free Press.

Also covered were state, national and international news, ads, services, reviews. The paper was published on a weekly basis and was a member of the Underground Press Syndicate (UPS). The preceeding title to the first printing of the Street Journal was the San Diego Free Press (no issues of the San Diego Free Press are held by the library). In between being printed as the Street Journal, the paper was published under the title Street Journal & San Diego Free Press.


From the Collection: 300 Linear Feet

Physical Location

KEL 1301/3 24-d-6.

Related Materials

The Street Journal was both the preceeding and succeeding title was the Street Journal & San Diego Free Press. Library holdings of the Street Journal are December 12, 1969 and February 17, 1971 to February 15, 1972.

El Barrio (library holdings June 26, 1970 to October 9, 1970) was an underground, tabloid-style newspaper published by the Brown Berets which was published on the verso side of the Street Journal. Dare to Struggle (library holdings August 21 1970 to October 9 1970) was an insert of the Street Journal geared towards the Black liberation movement.

Repository Details

Part of the CSUSM Special Collections Repository

California State University San Marcos Library
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos California 92096-0001 United States