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Guide to the Open Media Records TAM 197

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Peter Meyer Filardo, Ariana Alexander

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 01, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Heather Mulliner to reflect inclusion of 2018 accretion.  , February 2017

Descriptive Summary

Title: Open Media Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1989-2009
Abstract: Open Media (Westfield N.J.), a radical publishing company, was founded in 1991 by Gregg Ruggiero and Stuart Sahulka in opposition to the Persian Gulf War, and continues to publish in pamphlet form (initially as the Open magazine pamphlet series, later as the Open Media pamphlet series), and as books, notably anthologies, a wide array of scholars, activists and artists committed to a common vision of social justice, democracy and human rights for all. The collection contains correspondence with authors, including Noam Chomsky andother notables, bookstores, publishers; typescripts and other materials documenting the editorial and publishing process, publicity materials, and financial records.
Quantity: 2.5 Linear Feet in two record cartons and 1 manuscript box
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM 197

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Historical Note

Open Media (Westfield N.J.), a radical publishing company, was founded in 1991 by Gregg Ruggiero and Stuart Sahulka in opposition to the Persian Gulf War, and continues to publish in pamphlet form (initially as the Open magazine pamphlet series, later as the Open Media pamphlet series), and as books, notably anthologies, a wide array of scholars, activists and artists committed to a common vision of social justice, democracy and human rights for all. These works are sometimes published in cooperation with other publishers, and some have been translated into other languages.

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Scope and Contents

The records contain correspondence with authors, bookstores, publishers; typescripts and other materials documenting the editorial and publishing process, publicity materials, authors permission forms, and financial records. Most fully documented are the publishing of Critical Mass (1996), an anthology of writings opposing nuclear energy and weapons, Jailhouse Lawyers (2009), and an unpublished book project titled "The Information Superhighway." The principal correspondents are Open Media co-founders Greg Ruggerio and Stuart Sahulka. Notable correspondents include authors Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Mike Davis, David Dellinger, Daniel Ellsberg, Andre Gunder Frank, Manning Marable and Marge Piercy.

A set of approximately 150 interview transcripts from the Denver, Colorado based radio program Alternative Radio was added to this collection in 2018. Interviews date from 1991 to 2002 and feature scholars and public intellectuals discussing topics related to the environment, public health, and politics.

Arrangement

The records are arranged alphabetically in one series.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Marable, Manning, 1950-2011 -- Correspondence
  • Piercy, Marge -- Correspondence
  • Sahulka, Stuart.
  • Dellinger, David T., 1915-2004 -- Correspondence
  • Davis, Mike, 1946- -- Correspondence
  • Caldicott, Helen. -- Correspondence
  • Chomsky, Noam -- Correspondence
  • Ruggiero, Greg.
  • Ruggiero, Greg.
  • Sahulka, Stuart.

Subject Organizations

  • Open Media (Westfield, N.J.)

Subject Topics

  • Publishers and publishing -- United States.
  • Nuclear disarmament.
  • Social justice.
  • Antinuclear movement.
  • Democracy -- United States.
  • Prisoners -- Civil rights -- United States.
  • Mass media -- Political aspects -- United States.
  • Internet -- Political aspects.
  • Radicals -- United States.
  • Anti-globalization movement.

Subject Uniform Title(s)

  • Open media pamphlet series
  • Open magazine pamphlet series

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by Open Media was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Open Media Records; TAM 197; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Open Media Oral Histories (OH 078)

Separated Materials

Two audiocassettes were separated to the Library's Oral History collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Gregg Ruggiero and Stuart Sahulka on behalf of Open Media in 1994; additional materials were found in the repository in 2018. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 1994.019, 2018.009, and 2018.034.

Processing Information

Processing decisions made prior to 2018 have not been recorded. In 2018 one box of Alternative Radio interview transcripts was added to the collections as box 3, and incorporated into the existing arrangement of the collection. In March 2018 one oversize item, cover art, was accessioned and incorporated into the existing arrangement.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 The Ad and the Ego (Documentary, 1996: Original Title "Reality Check"): to include Ruggiero and Sahulka
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Alternative Radio: Broadcast Transcripts
1992-1994
Box: 3 Folder : 1-6 Alternative Radio: Broadcast Transcripts
1991-2002
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Artfux: Articles, Clippings, and (copies of) Photographs
1990-1992, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Authors' Permission Letters (Alphabetical)
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Bookstores (Invoices and Other Documents): A - F
1992-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Bookstores (Invoices and Other Documents): G - K
1992-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Bookstores (Invoices and Other Documents): L - R
1993-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Bookstores (Invoices and Other Documents): S - T
1993-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Bookstores (Invoices and Other Documents): U - Z
1992-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence, Authors: Barsamian, David
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence, Authors: Baxandall, Rosalyn
1992-1994
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence, Authors: Caldicott, Helen
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence, Authors: Chernovsenko, Vladimir
Oct 1995 - Mar 1996
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence, Authors: Chomsky, Noam
Apr 1992 - Jan 1997
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence, Authors: Davis, Mike
Mar 1992 - Jan 1995
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Correspondence, Authors: Dawkins, Kristen
Aug 1995 - Apr 1996
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Correspondence, Authors: Dellinger, David
Feb 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Correspondence, Authors: Diamond, Sara
Apr 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Correspondence, Authors: Ellsburg, Daniel
Nov 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Correspondence, Authors: Ewen, Stuart
Dec 1991 - Mar1992, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Correspondence, Authors: Frank, Andre Gunder
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Correspondence, Authors: Frank, Thomas Carr
Aug 1995 - Oct 1995
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Correspondence, Authors: Kaye, Harvey
Oct 1994 - Dec 1994, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Correspondence, Authors: LaDuke, Winonia
Sep 1993 - Oct 1995
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Correspondence, Authors: Marable, Manning
Nov 1991 - Nov 1995
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Correspondence, Authors: Martin, Stephan Paul
Feb 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Correspondence, Authors: McChesney, Robert W.
Oct 1995
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Correspondence, Authors: Piercy, Marge
Nov 1994 - Dec 1994, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Correspondence, Authors: Scarlett, Jennifer
May 1992 - Nov 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Correspondence, Authors: Schiller, Herb
Mar 1994 - May 1995
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Correspondence, Authors: Unknown
1996, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Correspondence, Authors: Zinn, Howard
Mar 1992 - Mar 1996
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Correspondence, General (Chronological)
1991 - 1995, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Correspondence, Publishers: A - Z
1993 - 1995
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Correspondence, Publishers: Agata
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Correspondence, Publishers: Het Fort Van Sjakoo
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Correspondence, Publishers: Icaria
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Correspondence, Publishers: Papieren Tijger
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Correspondence, Publishers: Les Publications Du Quartier Libre
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Correspondence, Publishers: Vallecchi Editore
1992-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Correspondence, Publishers: Whitehall Printing Company
1994, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Critical Mass (Book): Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Funder: Correspondence and Grant Proposals
Apr 1992 - Apr 1996
Box: 1 Folder : 43 Critical Mass (Book): Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and European Nuclear Disarmament
Nov 1994 - Dec 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 44 Critical Mass (Book) Correspondence: Authors (Alphabetical)
Nov 1994 - Oct 1996, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 45 Critical Mass (Book) Correspondence, General
1994-1995, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 46 Critical Mass (Book): Dalai Lama (Correspondence)
Nov 1994 - Jul 1995
Box: 1 Folder : 47 Critical Mass (Book): Financial
Nov 1994 - Jul 1995, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 48 Critical Mass (Book): Gensuikin Proposal: Steps to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Nov 1994, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 49 Critical Mass (Book): Layouts
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 50 Critical Mass (Book): Photographs (Photocopies)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 51 Critical Mass (Book): Promotional Materials
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 52 Critical Mass (Book): World Uranium Hearing (Salzburg, Austria)
Feb 1995 - Apr 1995, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 53 "Diary 1991" No. 1
1991-1992, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 54 "Diary 1991" No. 2
1993-1995, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 55 Distributors: AK Distribution
Sep 1992 - Oct 1995, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 56 Distributors: AK Press
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 57 Distributors: Armadillo Distribution
1993 - 1995
Box: 1 Folder : 58 Distributors: Autonome Distribution
1994-1995, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 59 Distributors: Deboer
1990-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 60 Distributors: Desert Moon Periodicals
1992-1994, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 61 Distributors: E.G. Smith Distribution
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 62 Distributors: Fine Print Distribution
1991-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 63 Distributors: Fine Print Distribution
1996-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 64 Distributors: Follett College Stores Corporation
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 65 Distributors: Het Fort Sjakoo
1993-1994
Box: 1 Folder : 66 Distributors: Inland Book Company
1991-1993, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 67 Distributors: Inland Book Company
1994-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 68 Distributors: Left Bank Distribution
1992-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 69 Distributors: Padjav Educational Source, Inc.
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 70 Distributors: Small Changes
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 71 Distributors: Unique Books, Inc.
1994
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Financial Records: Bank Statements
1991-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Financial Records: Bank Statements
1993
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Financial Records: Falcon Printing
1991-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Financial Records: The New Press
1993, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Frank, Andre Gunder: Unpublished Pamphlet re: Gulf War 1991
1991
Box: 2 Folder : 6 "Information Superhighway" Book (Anthology Never Published): Correspondence
1994, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 "Information Superhighway" Book Contributors: Kranich, Nancy
1993, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 "Information Superhighway" Book Contributors: Schiller, Herbert
1993, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 9 "Information Superhighway" Book: Research Materials
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 "Information Superhighway" Book: Research Materials
1993
Box: 2 Folder : 11 "Information Superhighway" Book: Research Materials
1994
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. The USA (City Lights Books, 2009): Interview with Greg Ruggiero
2009
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. The USA (City Lights Books, 2009): Typscript for Review: Part 1: Chapters 1-12
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 13A Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. The USA (City Lights Books, 2009): Typscript for Review: Part 2: Chapters 4-8
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Letters Received
May 1989 - May 1991
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Letters Received
Jun 1991 - Dec 1991
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Letters Received
Jan 1992 - Mar 1992
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Letters Received
Apr 1992 - Jun 1992
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Letters Received
Jul 1992 - Dec 1992
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Letters Received
Jan 1993 - Mar 1993
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Letters Received
Apr 1993 - Jul 1993
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Letters Received
Aug 1993 - Sep 1993
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Letters Received
Oct 1993 - Dec 1993
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Letters Received
Jan 1994
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Letters Received
Feb 1994
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Letters Received
Mar 1994
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Letters Received
Apr 1994 - Jul 1994
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Letters Received
Aug 1994 - Dec 1994
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Letters Received
Jan 1995 - May 1995
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Letters Received
Jun 1995 - Dec 1995
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Letters Received
Jan 1996 - Aug 1996
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Libraries (Invoices and Other Documents)
1991-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 32 New American Crisis (Anthology, 1995): Correspondence with The New Press
1993-1995
Box: 2 Folder : 33 New American Crisis (Anthology, 1995): Memorandum of Agreement with The New Press
1993, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Open Fire (Anthology, 1993): Memorandum of Agreement with The New Press
1992
Box: 2 Folder : 35 Promotional Materials: Advertisements, Flyers, and Press Releases
1991-1994, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 36 Promotional Materials: Interviews with/about Greg Ruggiero and Stuart Sahulka
1989-1994
Box: 2 Folder : 37 Reviews: Open Media Pamphlets
1991-1994
Box: 2 Folder : 38 Zapatistas: Spreading Hope for Grassroots Change Starting from Chiapas, Mexico (Pamphlet, 1994): Research File
1994, undated
Box: Shared Tamiment 007 Folder : 2 Cover art, Open Magazine Pamphlet Series
1993

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