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D.C. Punk collection

 Collection 0364-SCPA-DCPUNK
The D.C. Punk collection covers the period from 1981-2019; the bulk of the materials date from 1983-1987. The collection includes fliers, posters, recordings, photographs and ephemera related to the punk rock subculture in the Washington, D.C. area, which developed in the late 1970s.

Dates

  • 1981-2019, undated

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Historical Note

The punk rock community in the Washington, DC area emerged in 1976 with the arrival of bands like the Slickee Boys, Overkill, The Look, and the Controls. By the late 1970s, other bands like the Razz, Urban Verbs and White Boy had helped to build a small but thriving scene in the area. The ascent of the groundbreaking DC hardcore punk band Bad Brains as the 1970s ebbed into the 1980s launched a new era for the scene as bands inspired by Bad Brains -- Minor Threat, Government Issue, The Faith, Scream, Void and many others -- established DC as a punk scene of international consequence. The scene has continued to thrive through the decades, with bands that called the DC area home, like Rites of Spring, Dag Nasty, Bikini Kill, the Nation of Ulysses, Jawbox, Bratmobile, The Dismemberment Plan, Black Eyes, Priests, and scores more all having a significant impact on the evolution of the musical genre and subculture.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series.
  1. Fliers and posters
  2. Photographs
  3. Recordings
  4. Ephemera

Provenance

Various gifts of Wendi Berman, Chris Baronner, John Davis, Don Fleming, Karen Jung, Vin Novara, Willona Sloan, and Morgan Ward.

Related Materials

Sharon Cheslow Punk Flyers collection, 1979-1991, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)

The Aaron Claxton collection on D.C. Hardcore, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)

John Davis collection on punk, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)

The D.C. Punk and Indie Fanzine collection, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)

The Jason Farrell collection, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)

The Skip Groff papers, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)

The Tommy Keene collection, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid forthcoming)

Jeff Krulik papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)

The Kurt Sayenga collection, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)

The D.C. Punk Archive, District of Columbia Public Library

The Riot Grrrl Collection, Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University.

The Sarah and Jen Wolfe Collection of Riot Grrrl and Underground Music Zines, Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries.

Bingham Center Zine Collections, Duke University Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed by John Davis, November 2019 and ongoing
Title
DC Punk collection
Status
Completed
Author
John Davis
Date
November 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States