Various Places: 1970's-80's. Though strands and antecedents of the Anti-Psychiatry Movement stretch back to the dawn of psychiatry, the social upheavals of the 1960’s and 70’s spurred an explosion of interest in the subject, which soon led to an explosion of underground publishing by members of themovement, aided by the cheaper means of production due to the use of the mimeograph and cheaper offset printing methods. The publications of the movement were fiercely independent, often published or containing contributions by inmates of psychiatric institutions. Many of the publications printed visual art, notably the zine Action, making this collection a remarkable record of outsider art in underground publishing.
These publications form an important but little known chapter of the story of the underground press of the time and the Mimeograph Revolution, and predate many of the themes and concerns of the zine explosion in the 1990’s, but they remain as a field largely obscure today, with limited institutional representation.
This collection includes over 100 issues of periodicals from the movement, the most we’ve ever seen assembled. Condition is generally very good, with some exceptions, including brittleness and toning to newsprint. Some of the issues have annotations, and many have mailing labels.
1. Off the Shelf Vol. 1, No. 1-4; Vol. 2 No. 1. [4 issues total].
Bayside, NY: The Association for the Preservation of Anti-Psychiatric Artifacts, 1980-1981. Allen P. Markman, ed. 4to. Offset. Saddle-stapled.
2. Prima Luce: Journal of the MP Renaissance Vol. 1, No. 1-2. [2 issues total].
New York, NY: Mental Patients’ Renaissance. 1975. No editor stated. 4to, spirit-duplicated. Side-stapled. Near fine.
3. Network Against Psychiatric Assault Newsletter. 10 issues.
San Francisco, CA: Network Against Psychiatric Assault. 1975-. No editor stated. Most issues in foolscap format, usually stapled once at the upper left hand corner.
4. Born Free. [1 unnumbered issue]. [Succeeded by] Constructive Action for Good Health Magazine. [38 issues].
Syracuse, NY: The American Conference of Therapeutic Slefhelp/Selfhealth/Social Clubs (ACT). c. 1970s. Shirley Burghard, ed. Each issue a 4to, mimeographed and side-stapled. Profusely illustrated. ACTION focused more extensively on the visual arts than most other such periodicals of the era.
5. Mental Patients Liberation Front Newsletter.
West Somerville, MA: Mental Patients Liberation Front. Nd [c. 1970’s]. 8vo, mimeographed from typescript and drawing . Saddle-stapled.
6. Issues in Radical Therapy Vol. 1, No. 1-2, 4; Vol. 2 No. 1-4; Vol. 3 No. 1-2; Vol. 11, No. 3. [10 issues total].
Oakland, CA: IRT Collective, then Springfield, IL: Cooperative Power, Inc. 1973-1984. Various. Mostly tabloid format, offset on newsprint.
7. In a Nutshell No. 14-16; Vol. 2, No. 1-2, 4-5, 7-8; Vol. 3, No. 1-9; Vol. 4, No. 1-4; Vol. 5, No. 1-3; Vol. 6, No. 1-3, 5-8; Vol. 7, No. 1-2. [33 issues total].
Vancouver, BC: Mental Patients Association. 1972-1981. No editor stated. Tabloid format, offset printed on newsprint with spot color.
8. The Radical Therapist Vol. 1, No. 3; Vol. 2, No. 4-5 [succeeded by] Rough Times Vo. 3, No. 5 [succeeded by] RT: A Journal of Radical Therapy Vol. 4, No. 6 [succeeded by] State and Mind. Vol. 5, No. 3-6; Vol. 6, No. 1-3; Vol. 6, No. 4/Vol. 7 No. 1; Vol. 7, No. 3. [14 issues total].
Somerville, MA: The Radical Therapist, Inc. 1970-1980. Various. 4to. Offset on newsprint. Later issues of State and Mind saddle-stapled in wraps.
9. Women Against Psychiatric Assault.
San Francisco, CA: Women Against Psychiatric Assault. 1975. No editor stated. Single 8 ½ x 11” sheet, mimeographed from typescript on recto only.
10. Forced Treatment = Torture.
San Francisco, CA: Network Against Psychiatric Assault. Nd. No editor stated. 4to, saddle-stapled wraps.
11. Southwark Mind Newsletter, Issue Ten.
London, UK: Southwark Mind. 1998. Julian Barnett, ed. 4to, saddle-stapled wraps.
12. Advocacy Now Vol. 1, No. 1-2; Vol. 2, No 1-3. [5 issues total].
Van Nuys, CA: San Fernando Valley Community Health Centers, Inc. 1979-1980. Gregory Lecklitner, ed. 4to, saddle-stapled wraps.
13. Anti-Psychiatry Drugs Directory.
Kent, UK: Prompt. [1980s]. Julian, ed. 8vo, saddle-stapled wraps.
14. Institutions, Etc. Vol. 5, No. 2.
Alexandria, VA: Institutions, Etc. 1982. Jerome G. Miller, et al., ed. 4to, saddle-stapled wraps.
15. Nervous Breakthrough Vol. 2, Issue 1.
Cleveland, OH: Patients’ Rights Organization. 197[?]. No editor stated. 4to, mimeographed from typescript and drawing and stapled once at the upper left hand corner.
16. What is the Story? Vol. 5 No. 1.
San Diego, CA: San Diego County Mental Health Services. 1976. No editor stated. 4to, mimeographed from typescript in two colors. Stapled once at the upper left hand corner. Item #26712