Liberation News Service Photographs
Language of Materials
The Liberation News Service (LNS) (1967-1981), a left-wing news agency, offered its subscribers, mostly college and underground newspapers, news packets, including photographs, twice a week. Journalists and photographers from the United States and around the world supplied the LNS with stories and images documenting the progressive movements and counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. Half the collection covers the United States, with emphasis on anti-war (Vietnam) protest, the civil rights and women's liberation movements, and youth culture. International coverage focuses on national liberation movements, with emphasis on Vietnam and China.
The Liberation News Service was established by Marshall Bloom and Raymond Mungo in 1967, after they had been fired from the staff of the U.S. Student Press Association (located in Washington, DC), for their radical political views. In 1968 the LNS moved to New York City, and absorbed the Student Communications Network (founded by the University Christian Movement). The LNS had several hundred subscribers, most college, underground and progressive community newspapers, to which it supplied twice-weekly packets containing current news, features, opinion pieces, poetry, photographs, cartoons and artwork that documented the progressive movements and counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. The LNS print shop made its facilities available to other left-wing organizations. The LNS went out of business in 1981.
Young, Allen, "Liberation News Service," Encyclopedia of the American Left(Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1992), 422-424.
- I, International
- II, United States
Folders are arranged alphabetically by region and country within Series I, and alphabetically by subject within Series II.
The files are grouped into 2 series:
Scope and Content Note
The collection of about 7,200 8x10 black and white glossy photographs consists of images of both national and international political and social events, issues, and organizations. They were shot by more than 300 freelance photographers or photographers for other news agencies, many from outside the United States, including more than two dozen Vietnamese photographers.
Conditions Governing Access
Materials are open without restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Because of the assembled nature of this collection, copyright status varies across the collection. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original creator of individual items in the collection; these items are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation. The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce all materials from this collection.
Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Miriam Bosker Caravella were transferred to New York University in 2004 by Miriam Bosker Caravella. Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Judith Ezekiel were transferred to New York University in 2005 by Judith Ezekiel. Permission to publish or reproduce these materials in this collection must be secured from Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright to photographs taken by Miriam Bosker Caravella, credit stamp "Miriam Bosker" was transferred to NYU in 2004. Likewise, copyright to photos taken by Judith Ezekiel, credit stamp "Judith Ezekiel", were transferred to NYU in 2005. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from the Tamiment Library.
Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Jennifer Pierce in 1986. The accession number associated with this gift is 1950.176.
Other Finding Aids note
Additional information can be found in the Appendix, LNS Photographers, available in the repository. This consists of lists of those credited—drawn from the credit stamps or inscriptions on the backs of the photographs themselves. From these lists, researchers can locate photographs in the collection that are credited to individual photographers, news or photograph agencies.
About this Guide
Processing Information note
Photographs in this collection were rehoused by preservation staff in Spring 2014.