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Summit-University Free Press Collection

Identifier: GV015

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a nearly entire run of the Summit-University Free Press newspaper. The newspaper ran 12 issues a year from 1974 to 1988. This collection includes issues for every year except 1986, though most volumes are missing at least one or two issues.


  • Creation: 1974-1988

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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by the public.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright is retained by the copyright holders.

Historical Note

The Summit-University Free Press was an non-profit independent newspaper based in the Summit-University neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Founded in 1974, and created entirely by residents of the Summit-University area, the newspaper reflects the views and concerns of the neighborhood. The front page often features a photograph of current local events and residents, a theatre production, or a political cartoon. Inside, the paper features varied articles of local interest, from gardening in the city to current political issues. A section called "neighborspeak" functions as a community forum where anyone in the Summit-University area can contribute material, which ranges from articles to letters or poetry. Primarily concerned with wellbeing of its residents, the paper is progressive not only in its discussion of race but in its support of other issues as well, including support of gay rights and an entire issue written with genderless pronouns in 1978. While the newspaper only ran until 1988, the organization was not dissolved until 1997.


1 box (1 linear foot)


Collection contains a near-complete run of the Summit-University Free Press.


The collection is organized chronologically.

Physical Location



Donated by John Gehan in 2016.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Kai Marshall in January 2016.

Summit-University Free Press Collection
Kai Marshall
January 2016
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