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About this collection

The Quicksilver Times Collection includes digitized editions of the counterculture newspaper Quicksilver Times dating from 1969 to 1972.

 

The Quicksilver Times was an underground counterculture newspaper published in Washington, D.C. and covering national and local leftist news, opinions, and community information.  It was first published June 16, 1969 by a staff collective including former contributors to the Washington Free Press. Subjects covered included antiwar protests, black power movement, feminism, gay liberation, international communist movements, marijuana, and other social justice issues and aspects of the counterculture. Quicksilver Times was part of the Liberation News Service and the Underground Press Syndicate and published national missives from radicals including the Weather Underground, Timothy Leary, and Angela Davis. The paper was one of several underground papers of the period now known to have been infiltrated by CIA informants. Early on, the paper was issued about every 10 days, but later published once every few weeks toward the end of its life.  The paper suspended publication for almost 3 weeks in April 1970 and published its final issue in July 1972.

  

The DC Public Library does not own a full run of the newspaper, but all print editions held by the library are digitized and available here. Please contact Special Collections if you would like to donate materials to help complete our collection. In particular, we are missing many issues from 1970.

 

Quicksilver Times contains some nudity, graphic and violent imagery, and language which may be offensive to some.

 

Quicksilver Times was published by the Sixth Column Collective and ceased publication in 1972 and its intellectual property is not known to have transferred to any other entity. However, publication rights for these items may be restricted.

 

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