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San Diego Door to Liberation; San Diego Door, 1969-03-28 to 1973-07-24


Scope and Contents

Library holdings are thirty-four issues spanning five volumes and three title changes. Library holdings contain gaps. Underground tabloid style newspaper with local content and reprintings. News, events, reviews, interviews, cartoons. Regular columns were published in the paper, including:

  • bag of beads by Dale Herschler: Herschler often opined about a variety of topics related to counterculture. He was also arrested for contributing to the deliquency of a minor (a teenager who was selling Door newspapers), and covered his experience in the newspaper. Herschler was aquitted.
  • Books: book reviews.
  • Calendar: local events.
  • Classifieds
  • Coffee house colendar by Buell Kazoo: a run-down of local happenings at coffee houses.
  • Coming Events by Roger B. Stovold: upcoming musical acts.
  • Eyesight to the Blind by Nehi Brown: A folk music column.
  • Fraud of Public Welfare by Raymond P. Schwartz: A column covering various aspects of Welfare and how the ins and outs of the law worked in regards to public assistance. Also published as "Welfare Today."
  • HIPpocrates by Eugene Schoenfeld, M.D.: The HIPpocrates column went by various similiar names in the paper (Hippocrates, HIP Pocrates, etc.) and was syndicated out of the Berkeley Barb. HIPpocrates was a physician who authored a column about medical issues of importance to readers
  • Iconoclastic Spastic: A lifestyle column.
  • Krome Kollector Kazoo: S.D. Folk & Blues Scene by Lou Curtiss: Music column focused on the local folk and blues scene.
  • Movies: Movie reviews.
  • Russell's Corner by Dick Russel: Russell was the owner of the Candy Corner, a local coffeehouse/venue. Russell's column was an opining of whatever was on his mind that month.
  • Shop Scene, The, by Virgina Curtiss: focused on stores and shopping in Old Town San Diego.
  • Shorts: small news blurbs of relevance to readers.
  • Stereoscopes: music reviews.
  • Swinging Scene, The, by Suzy: a column for the polyamorous set, affiliated with the Sexual Freedom League.
  • Tracks by Roger B. Stovold: Album reviews.
  • Trials: Local and national trials of significance to readership. Usually of counterculture or right-wing figures.


  • Publication: 1969-03-28 to 1973-07-24

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Access to fragile originals is restricted when access copies are available. The Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room is accessible by appointment only, Monday-Friday, 8am - 4pm. Final requests for materials must be made one hour prior to closing. Please submit requests for archival materials at least 24 hours in advance of desired appointment. Materials requested over the weekend will be available on the following Tuesday at the earliest. Please note that Special Collections and University Archives observes all campus holiday closures as noted in the Library Calendar. For more information, please send an email to

Biographical / Historical

Underground tabloid style newspaper with local content and reprintings. News, events, reviews, interviews, cartoons. The San Diego Free Door (1968), San Diego Door (1969), and San Diego Door to Liberation (1970), and Door (1971) were precedent and antecedent titles of each other.


From the Collection: 300 Linear Feet



Physical Location

KEL 1301/3 24-d-7.

Repository Details

Part of the CSUSM Special Collections Repository

California State University San Marcos Library
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos California 92096-0001 United States