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Ralph Rinaldi Alternative Press Materials

Identifier: MSS.011

Scope and Contents

This collection is divided into four folders. Folder 1 contains unique art from various mailings of the Alternative Press. Folder 2 contains several mailings, each containing multiple items. Folder 3 contains loose printed poetry postcards. Folder 4 contains miscellaneous printed items. Many of the materials in this collection are undated.


  • 1971-1995

Biographical / Historical

The Alternative Press was founded by Ken and Ann Mikolowski. They began sending out mailings to subscribers in 1971. The mailings included printed works such as postcards, bookmarks, and bumper stickers. Mailings also included original artwork by local artists. The Alternative Press included works by many notable Michigan artists.

These materials were donated to the Wayne State University Libraries by Ralph Rinaldi in 2016. Rinaldi was a subscriber to the Alternative.


0.2 Linear Feet (One 2.5" archival box)



Related Materials

The Alternative Press Collection at Wayne State University contains a larger amount of the work of the Alternative Press. The finding aid can be viewed here: The full archive of the Alternative Press is located at the University of Michigan Special Collections.
Ralph Rinaldi Alternative Press Materials
Finding aid prepared by Tyler Cunningham and Amelia Mowry
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Repository Details

Part of the Wayne State University Library System Special Collections Repository


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