Alternative Press Center


  • “The Alternative Press Center (APC) is a non-profit collective dedicated to providing access to and increasing public awareness of the alternative press. Founded in 1969, it remains one of the oldest self-sustaining alternative media institutions in the United States. For more than a quarter of a century, the Alternative Press Index has been recognized as a leading guide to the alternative press in the United States and around the world”. 1)
  • “The Alternative Press Index is a biannual* subject index to over 300 alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines. Librarians consider the API to be the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to alternative sources of information available today. Each article is listed and cross-referenced by subject. Every citation contains the title, author and information about the publication in which it is located”. 2)



  • “The Alternative Press Centre (APC) publishes the Alternative Press Index (API), a unique and comprehensive guide to the alternative press in English, French and Spanish. The API provides access to articles from 300 magazines, newspapers and academic journals. Since 1969, the API has indexed 948 periodical titles.
  • The Alternative Press Index is available in print and electronic form. The electronic version is distributed through OCLC's FirstSearch databases. Each year the API covers 20,000 articles that report and analyze the movements, news, policies, and theories of cultural, economic, political and social change. Hundreds of libraries across the United States and Canada carry either the print or electronic versions of the API in their reference departments.
  • The Alternative Press Centre also publishes Annotations: a Guide to the Independent Critical Press. It is the most comprehensive directory to over 380 popular and scholarly independent, critical publications. The latest edition includes detailed descriptions of content, history, noted contributors, contact information and guidelines for writers for each publication.
  • Publications reviewed in Annotations include: Colorlines, Social Policy, Souls, Gay & Lesbian Review, Community Media Review, Camera Obscura, Latin American Perspectives, Historical Materialism, Canadian Dimension, Review of African Political Economy, Labor History, Hypatia, Red Pepper, El Viejo Topo, Le Monde Diplomatique, and hundreds more”. 3)



Legal status


  • Board members
  • Charles D'Adamo

Senior editor

  • Margaret D'Adamo

Board member

  • Elizabeth Schulman

Board member

  • Sean Stewart

Board member

  • Co-editors
  • Mary Burford

Associate Editor

  • Charles D'Adamo

Senior editor

  • Erin Hall

Associate Editor


  • Address :

PO Box 47739
Chicago, IL 60647

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  • “The APC was founded in 1969 as the Radical Research Center at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 1971 the APC moved to Rochdale College in Toronto, Ontario and the name of Alternative Press Centre was adopted. In late 1974 the APC moved to Baltimore. In 1982, the APC participated as one of the founding groups of the Progressive Action Center in Baltimore. In 2008 the APC Library is re-located in Chicago in the space where In These Times publishes.
  • The spirit of the late 60s brought new publications that reflected the movements of the time: feminism, environmentalism, civil rights, national liberation and the anti-war movement. The original Index compiled articles from new sources such as Ramparts as well as some of the oldest sustaining left magazines in the US: The Nation (est.1865), The Guardian (1948), and Monthly Review (1949).
  • The original founders came together to promote a many-sided dialogue aimed at the development of a radical consciousness by providing the tools for analysis that are necessary for meaningful social change. Many other media activism projects have developed since 1969. The Alternative Press Centre is pleased to be part of a wider movement which includes Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Democracy Now!, and the Independent Media Centers”. 4)

Links with other alternative media


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