|There are a multitude of materials in the Digger Archive —
the printed street sheets, the large posters, the articles that the
Diggers wrote under assumed, phantasmagorical names, the articles from the
underground and aboveground press at the time, the few photos and video
footage that has survived, and interviews of participants. Then we have
secondary materials — the dissertations, articles and books written
varying lengths of time after the period.
One type of material that has not surfaced is personal journals written
at the time. Instead, we see occasional letters written by participants.
This page will be a collecting point for these fascinating pieces. There
are a couple letters from Emmett, one to Gary
Snyder and another to Peter Berg, written from New Mexico. These
letters corroborate much of Emmett's account in Ringolevio of this
back-to-the-wilderness sojourn. We also have a letter from Kent
to Emmett after Ringolevio was published. Kent describes the
overwhelming affect of the book and records the thoughts and memories that
its reading had triggered in him. This is an important reminiscence that
provides corroboration of several key events in Digger history. For
example, the fact that Emmett drove George Romney in the cab of his truck
must be a settled fact, although Emmett's account in Ringolevio is most
surely embroidered. We also have a draft of a letter from Peter Berg to
unnamed underground press editors that lays out the Digger stance on the
We are always on the lookout for new items for the Archive. Please contact
us if you have something you would like to add to the files.