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City of San Francisco oracle

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The City of San Francisco Oracle was an underground newspaper based in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. 12 issues were published between September 1966 and February 1968. Reflecting and shaping the countercultural community, the Oracle combined poetry, spirituality, and multicultural interests and was noted for its experimental design. Contributors included significant local artists and beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and William S. Burroughs.
Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997 (Contributor)
Griffin, Rick (Cover designer)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1966 - 1968
Place: San Francisco
Publisher: Oracle Cooperative Pub. Association
Library locations
Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature
Shelf locator: Berg Coll +++ Burroughs ZA3 S26 1967 (v. 1, no. 10)
Shelf locator: Berg Coll +++ Counterculture S26 1967 (v. 1, no. 6)
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997 -- Portraits
Leary, Timothy, 1920-1996 -- Portraits
Watts, Alan, 1915-1973 -- Portraits
Grateful Dead (Musical group)
Underground press publications -- California -- San Francisco
New Age movement -- California
Communal living -- California
Counterculture -- California
Counterculture -- United States
Hippies -- California
LSD (Drug) -- Social aspects -- United States
Psychedelic art
Religion and culture -- United States
Rock music -- 1960-1979
Sex -- Religious aspects
Youth -- Drug use -- California
American newspapers -- California -- San Francisco
American poetry -- 20th century
Haight-Ashbury (San Francisco, Calif.)
San Francisco (Calif.)
Date/sequential designation: [Vol. 1, no.] 3 - v. 1, no. 12.
Content: Description based on surrogate; title from caption.
Content: V. 1, no. 6 featuring front cover color art (Christ-like figure above two unicorn heads) by Rick Griffin; back page featuring color art by Ida Griffin.
Content: V. 1, no. 6 with b&w photographs of Grateful Dead, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, and Alan Watts in photo-montage, p. 10-11.
Content: V. 1, no. 6 contains article about astrology.
Content: V. 1, no. 10 with William S. Burroughs' article, "Academy 23, a Deconditioning," on p. 3, 21, 26.
Acquisition: Purchase; Robert and Carol Jackson; 2005; 005892 copy 1 of v. 1, no. 10; 005893 copy 2 of v. 1, no. 10
Acquisition: Purchase; BeatBooks August 2011 007852 v. 1, no. 6
Physical Description
Extent: 1 v.
Type of Resource
International Standard Serial Number: 0474-3229
Library of Congress Control Number: sn 90005724
RLIN/OCLC: 21556756
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19272126
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0f8e4160-5de7-0135-7a4a-7fda7370be86
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