New River Free Press Collection
AC 041


Summary Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
New River Free Press Collection
AC 041
Date [inclusive]
3 Linear feet
Physical Description

This collection consists of the entire run of the New River Free Press (February 1983-September 2007)

Located in locked compact shelving, level 1.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], New River Free Press Collection, Special Collections, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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Biographical/Historical Note

The New River Free Press was a monthly newspaper that circulated in the New River Valley region of Virginia from February 1983- September 2007.  The newspaper covered a variety of issues from a progressive worldview including issues and stories concerning local matters, national politics and world events, environmental issues, social justice issues, health and welfare issues etc. 

Taken from Vol 1 #1, their Statement of Purpose reads:

“The New River Free Press is a service by and for the people of the New River Valley. The fast pace of change in our world and the many complex problems we face demand that news should be issue-oriented, future-oriented, and preserved from a humanistic viewpoint. We will strive for objectivity, but our values and commitments cannot be denied, so we will be open about them.
The NRFP will hold as its first priority the promotion of world peace and universal social justice, and will report on issues relevant to these goals. We invite everyone to submit articles or letters to the paper, provided that they respond to this commitment. We will try to clarify the connections between local problems and global issues. Our commitment further requires that we serve as a forum for dissent, a stimulus for alternative modes of living, and a catalyst for public debate.
It would be unrealistic to think that the NRFP could relate the concerns and perspectives of even the majority of people in this area. We will focus on the activities of the many “progressive” groups in the area, and on ideas about the paths that humanity must seek (and, on the other hand, get off of) to reach peace, justice, and harmony with the earth. We believe that the NRFP will provide a valuable service to everyone in the New River Valley by presenting these perspectives for your consideration, debate, or involvement.
The NRFP is a non-profit service to the people of this area. All labor is voluntary. Please consider submitting an article or a suggestion for an article, donating your time (typing, layout, distribution, selling ads), or contributing financially. Let us know your thoughts about this paper.
In sum, the NRFP will support the creation of societies where age groups, races, sexes, classes, people with any deformity or deficiency, and with any and all views of the world and our place in it shall interact without prejudice or other barriers; where humanity lives in harmony with all species and with the earth in our consumption patterns, cultivation, waste disposal, and use of technology; where cooperation guides our international negotiations; and where the creative potentials of all people are given freedom and encouragement.”


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Scope and Content

Collection consists of about 275 issues of the New River Free Press. The issues date from February 1983 to September 2007.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia

Restrictions to Access

An appointment for research is required. The collection is open for research. No interlibrary loan.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The documents are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided the proper citation is used (e.g. McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections, Radford University, Radford VA).  Copyright is maintained by the New River Free Press and any commercial use of the materials, without the written permission of the copyright holder, is prohibited.  Please refer to the McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections website for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

All materials were donated by The New River Free Press.


Further accruals may be coming but there are none scheduled.

Existence and Location of Originals

Archives and Special Collections, McConnell Library

Related Archival Materials

This collection has been digitized and is available at: New River Free Press Collection.

Collection Inventory

Box 1.

New River Free Press: Vol 1 #1, 1983- Vol 5 #12, 1988.

Box 2.

New River Free Press: Vol 6 #1, 1988- Vol 10 #11, 1992.

Box 3.

New River Free Press: Vol 10 #1, 1992- Vol 14 #11 1996.

Box 4.

New River Free Press: Vol 15 #1, 1997- Vol 20 #10, 2003.

Box 5.

New River Free Press: Vol 21 #1, 2003- Vol 25 #5, 2007.

Box 6.

New River Free Press: Vol 1 #1, 1983- Vol 25 #5. 2007 (2 missing issues- Vol 1 #4, 1983, and Vol 1 #10, 1983).