Amherst College Library and Marshall Bloom Collection

Location: Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002

Address: Box 2256
Amherst College
P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299

Contact: Archivist


Internet address:

Hours: Mon-Fri: 9 am - 12 pm, 1-4 pm

Wheelchair Access: yes


Amherst College was founded in 1821. Marshall Bloom graduated in 1966, and shortly thereafter, he founded the Liberation News Service. The Bloom Alternative Press collection consists primarily of the archival copies of underground newspapers from LNS (they required all subscribers to send copies of publications using LNS material; the collection is therefore national in scope).

Information about holdings

Printed material: Library: 1700 volumes, 20 periodical titles; Bloom: 110 periodical titles; Special Collections: 20 periodical titles, 400 paperbacks.

Film/Video/Sound: Library: 50 videos, 20 sound recordings

Other holdings/notes: Archives: 6 theses
Collecting interests

Additions of similar material not already held (i.e., new underground titles and missing issues from titles already held).

Use requirements

Archives/Special Collections materials must be used in the Archives and Special Collections reading room.
Comments about access/use:

The underground newspapers are stored in a remote facility and must be requested at least one day prior to use.


Research space, copying, audiovisual facilities, exhibitions, reference assistance on site, telephone reference, Internet reference (email/web), and borrowing privileges for individuals.
Other services/notes:

Research space: only while actively using materials in our collection (i.e., not general study space or places where people can store their books from one day to the next).

Copying: we will make photocopies of anything that a) can physically tolerate it without damage and b) can legally be copied.

Borrowing: Special Collections and Archives materials do not circulate; books from the main library collection do circulate.

Indices, finding aids, collection descriptions

Guide: DeSantis, John, and Jaquith, Matthew V., compilers. Gay and Lesbian Materials in the Amherst College Library: A Bibliography. Amherst, Mass., 1994.