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Companion book for the film Les Diggers de San Francisco directed by Alice Gaillard and Céline Deransart.
4 Mar 2017 Corrected an overlooked lapse of consciousness and restored the page for R.G. Davis' 1966 ground-breaking article "Guerrilla Theatre" which was a casualty of the website crash two years ago.
16 Feb 2017 Created a new page for the 1990 film, Berkeley In The Sixties.
14 Feb 2017 The Diggers published a "virtual street sheet" on St. Valentine's Day (today) about the controversy involving the San Francisco Recreation & Park Commission's denial of Boots Hughston's request for a permit to hold a Free Summer of Love 50th Anniversary event in Golden Gate Park. Feel free to forward this new Digger sheet to anyone who might be interested.
16 Aug 2016 Added the Loren Sears Gallery with two videos that Loren produced: the Human Be-In video and Tribal Home Video #2.
16 Aug 2016 Edited and expanded the Digger Free Store page, including announcing a new project for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.
6 Aug 2016 Created a new top-level section, Catalog, which has an interactive database that (someday hopefully) will list the entire collection of the Digger Archives.
5 Aug 2016 Updated the Sixties Date Machine interactive events database to include a search function.
3 Aug 2016 Finished re-coding the interactive bibliographic database of the Communication Company.
4 Jun 2016 Fixed the page, "Rap on Free Store" which had some missing links. Anytime anyone sees missing links or content, contact me.
7 Feb 2016 Added a new oral history page: Kent Minnault and his performance piece: The Road of Excess Leads to the Palace of Wisdom.
7 Feb 2016 Resurrected the Digger Oral History section with interviews of Peter Coyote (by Etan Ben-Ami) and Judy Goldhaft/Peter Berg (by Marty Lee and Eric Noble).
7 Feb 2016 Added a full-text, searchable PDF of Ringolevio, Section Three (the Digger story) to the Ring page. Note: file size is 30 MB.
1 Feb 2016 For anyone who wondered where the Billy Bragg recording went, the Digger Songs are now complete with lyrics and MP3 recordings on the English Diggers page.
27 Jan 2016 Added the Miriam Bobkoff Gallery of photographs of the Scott Street Commune and Kaliflower Inter-Communal Network (1971-74). This is the fifth collection in the Photo Galleries section.
25 Jan 2016 Redesigned the Once Here page.
24 Jan 2016 New page: In Memoriam: Peter Berg. Includes a link to the website for Peter's memorial. Also includes the video Remembering Peter Berg by Lila Talcott Travis.
22 Jan 2016 Working on restoring section by section, and putting the new design format on all pages. Finished restoring and updating The Digger Papers section.
21 Jan 2016 The site redesign necessitated by the server migration is moving forward. Anyone want to comment on the redesign feel free: sfdigger at yahoo dot com.
14 Jan 2016 The Digger web is back online but undergoing recovery from the server upgrade. Certain systems are not working. Attempting to do manual HTML for now.
10 Dec 2015 The Digger web is going offline with a server migration by the web provider. Will check back next month.
7 Dec 2014 Started a new page for the Angels of Light Free Theater Commune.
1 Nov 2014 Finished the new Free City Puppets page with original photos from Chuck Gould and copies of Free City Puppets flyers, and articles.
1 Sep 2014 Finished the new "Gene Anthony Gallery of Digger Photographs".
30 Aug 2014 Ragga Muffin dropped off a new Free City News item before heading back out into the vortex.
16 Aug 2014 With David Weissman's permission, I clipped the "Communal Living" segment from The Cockettes film to include in the "Inter-communal Free Network' section under the Kaliflower page.
14 Aug 2014 Under Other Histories, added It Was Twenty Years Ago Today.
13 Aug 2014 Put up a new page yesterday: Nowsreal (long time comin').
11 Feb 2014 Scanned two more original English Digger manifestos: A Declaration from the Poor Oppressed People of England [aka the Second Digger Manifesto] (June 1, 1649) [NOTE: 1.5 MB PDF file]; and, A Watch-Word to the City of London, and the Armie (August 26, 1649) [NOTE: 3 MB PDF file]. Linked these original scans on the page listing the chronology of Gerrard Winstanley's writings.
21 Dec 2013 Fixed the Search page. Google had changed their Custom Search Engine code. Lots of search pages aren't working anymore until the webmasters fix them.
13 Dec 2013 Updated the Digger Bread page with a brief history of the six Free Bakeries that followed the first one on Waller Street in 1967. Also included a video of Jane and David retelling the story before a large crowd in 2011.
06 Dec 2013 Added a clip from David Weissman and Bill Weber's beautiful film, The Cockettes, that depicts the inter-communal Free network in the early 1970s.
18 Oct 2013 Created a "virtual gallery" of Kaliflower cover pages (volumes 1-4). If any enterprising historical researchers would like to help out on this archival project, feel free to transcribe any of the covers that contain editorial content, for example: "Ritual Magic" (vol. 3, no. 3); "Learning the Lay of the Land" (vol. 3, no. 5); "Fucking Upward" (vol. 3, no. 7); "Bags" (vol. 3, no 10). Just to name a few.
28 Aug 2013 Scanned a "Digger Dollar" which is posted on a page with my diatribe against the inflationary spiral of prices for Digger ephemera.
14 Aug 2013 Finished the last two monthly folders in the Chester Anderson Papers collection at the Bancroft Library: Chester Anderson Papers—Folder 6—May 1967 and Chester Anderson Papers—Folder 7—July-Sept 1967 . The main index to the collection is on the Communication Company Archives page. This completes the virtual archive of the Bancroft Library collection of Chester's papers, except for the folder labeled "Invisible Circus." There are no scans (yet) of that folder. If anyone out there would like to scan or photograph that folder, I would be delighted to give you advice on approaching the Library.
13 Aug 2013 Finished processing the next folder of the Chester Anderson Papers collection at the Bancroft Library: Chester Anderson Papers—Folder 5—May 1967. The main index to the collection is on the Communication Company Archives page.
12 Aug 2013 Finished processing the next folder of the Chester Anderson Papers collection at the Bancroft Library: Chester Anderson Papers—Folder 4—April 1967. The main index to the collection is on the Communication Company Archives page.
08 Aug 2013 Finished processing the next folder of the Chester Anderson Papers collection at the Bancroft Library: Chester Anderson Papers—Folder 3March 1967. The main index to the collection is on the Communication Company Archives page. Thanks to L.B. for encouraging me to finish this project.
29 Jul 2013 Added a new historical research project to the archive: Outrageous Pamphleteers: A History Of The Communication Company, 1966-1967 by Evan Edwin Carlson, San Jose State University (2012). Here's an abstract, and here's a full-text PDF version. Also included a citation on the main Communication Company page.
30 Jan 2013 Added a transcription of comments by Peter Coyote at a panel discussion on Kerouac and the influence of the Beats that was held at the San Francisco Public Library earlier this month.
30 Jan 2013 Created a PDF document of the English Diggers' first manifesto The True Levellers Standard Advanced (1649).
22 Dec 2012 Scanned and created a PDF file of one of Winstanley's first mystical revelations: The Mysterie of God concerning the whole Creation, Mankind (1649) [PDF = 57MB file size]
15 Dec 2012 For my history paper and presentation in the historical methods seminar, I scanned the Realist/Free 1968 edition of the Digger Papers and have created a high-res PDF version available for download. The Digger Papers 1968 (PDF format) is a 7MB file so beware for anyone on a slow Internet connection.
08 Dec 2012 Thanks to Miriam for noticing some broken links on the English Diggers page. Those are now fixed.

I also found (and have added to the site) a new secondary reference: The Digger Movement in the Days of the Commonwealth: (as revealed in the writings of Gerrard Winstanley, the Digger mystic and rationalist, communist and social reformer) by Lewis H. Berens (London, 1906, Project Gutenberg eBook)

And was inspired to start filling in the archive of English Digger Writings (1649-1652). To that end, the following original English Digger tracts have been added to those already part of the timeline of Digger literature:

If any angel out there would care to convert the PDF files to OCR text and then do a careful proofreading to make sure there are no mistakes, please send me the resulting clean-text version. I will then create HTML files instead of relying on the PDFs.

04 Nov 2012 Announcing a new addition section for the Chester Anderson Papers. One of the co-founders of Communication Company (Com/Co), Chester was sending copies of many Com/Co sheets to "his archivist" in 1967. Those packets were deposited with Bancroft Library after Chester's demise in 1991. In 1992, I created an item-by-item catalog of the collection—which catalog languished while finishing my 25-to-life sentence in the workaday world. Recently, an anonymous angel sent scans of the Bancroft set and the result is (or is in the process of becoming) a virtual gallery of Chester's collection of ComCo sheets that he chose to send to safe keeping. The Bancroft set contains 400+ items so it's not a complete set. (See previous discussion on estimates of total Communication Company output.) But what's so interesting is that this collection represents Chester's selection. So far, I have processed 100 of the scanned images. Eventually the whole set will be available. I've been hesitant to announce the opening of this new virtual gallery but several itinerant readers have found it nevertheless. So, this will suffice as the official announcement.
22 Apr 2012 After many months of meticulous work, Chuck Gould has just completed a massive scanning and sorting project with the photographic images he took in 1967 and beyond. The result is the new selection of 135 Digger Family Photos that Chuck has (again) graciously allowed us to present in the Gould Photo Gallery.
13 Mar 2012 With inspiration from a media wizard, I finally figured out how to convert video into web formats much more successfully than previous experiments. Today, in honor of Celine Deransart, Alice Gaillard, and Jean-Pierre Ziren, who produced their history of Les Diggers de San Francisco in 1998, here is a web video of the most recent version of their film.
11 Mar 2012 An anonymous angel sent me the 1972 episode of "To Tell The Truth" in which Kitty Carlisle and the other panelists attempt to discern "the real Emmett Grogan." Watch as the panel asks about free stores and free theater, drugs, hippies and yippies.
06 Mar 2012 In working with Chuck Gould to expand the Gould Gallery of Digger photos, I noticed that the "mouse-over text captions" of the photos that were put up several years ago were no longer working. Strange, I remember coding those in HTML. Turns out Internet Explorer will produce mouse-over captions if you use the <alt=""> tag in HTML -- but NOT Firefox. In Firefox, you have to use <title=""> tag. The six gallery pages are now fixed. (Check out Gould Gallery #1 and put the mouse over one of the photos.) Yay!
06 Oct 2011 There are extra copies of the "byte size books" reissue of Trip Without A Ticket that we distributed at the Celebration of Life for Peter Berg on Oct. 1, 2011 at the Josephine Randall Museum in San Francisco. We will send one each while copies remain. If interested, please send an email.
04 Oct 2011 I mentioned this in the Digger Forum but forgot to link it here on the what's new page. Jordan Zinovich asked for the Digger Guestbook archives which I sent him. After applying his superb editing skills, Jordan sent back to the Digger Archives a special gift of light: Digger Guestbook Redux (1995 to 2004). (PDF format, 800k)
22 Sep 2011 Added a transcription of an article from the LA Free Press, March 31, 1967: San Francisco Faces the Hippies: Communication Co., Diggers Organize.
22 Jul 2010 Added a page -- after long last -- devoted to Steve Boyd and his final words.
20 Jul 2010 Added the Podcasts & Vodcasts page into the site navigation under Themes. Two videos introduce the San Francisco History Center and the Underground Press Collection. Also two audio broadcasts: the Digger Free Store and Capture of Yerba Buena.
07 Jul 2010 Posted several chapters and sections from Tim Hodgdon's gender analysis of the counterculture, Manhood in the Age of Aquarius: Masculinity in Two Countercultural Communities, 1965–83 [Columbia University Press, 2008]. The first three chapters are a new interpretation of the Diggers.
05 Jul 2010 Have fixed the navigation and ASP pages after a major crash of the FP server extensions. The site is up and working again. Have loads of materials to add. The online archives represents about 5% of the materials archive. Any budding archivists out there?
10 May 2007 Successfully migrated to the new Lunarpages Windows account. All ASP pages seem to be working including 60s Date Engine, Digger Chronology, Virtual Free Store, BibCit, Communication Company Bibliography, etc.
   
 [Gap of missing items]
   
3 May 2003 Replaced the Frontpage top navigation bar on each page with a Xara-generated DHTML menu. Modified the overall border design for simplicity.   
24 Jan 2003 Fixed the simple Search and the Advanced Search pages.   
5 Aug 2002 Created the first and second video clips from Nowsreal on a new Free Poetry Forever page under the Themes area.
25 July 2002 Added a video clip from the film Les Diggers de San Francisco with Peter Berg discussing Digger Free.
3 July 2002 Have begun creating an index of Kaliflower Volume 3 with scans of cover pages and tables of contents for each issue.
16 Jun 2002 Added the transcription of a draft letter from Peter Berg to an unnamed Underground Newspaper, ca. 1967, to the Digger Correspondence page.
16 Jun 2002 Added the transcription of a letter from Emmett Grogan to Peter Berg, ca. 29 April 1967, to the Digger Correspondence page.
16 Jun 2002 Added the transcription of a letter from Kent to Emmett Grogan, ca. 1972, to the Digger Correspondence page.
27 May 2002 Added a new "Themes" page which contains an audio clip of Emmett rapping on Free City, and a video clip of the Free Noon Forever event on City Hall steps in 1968.
25 May 2002 Finished posting the second set of Free City sheets from 1967.
23 May 2002 Posted a new page with scans and full text of the first set of Free City sheets from 1967.
17 May 2002 In Discussion Forum, messages requested link to the "In the Clear" photo from Nov. 1966 with Emmett flashing the 2-fingered salute that he claims led to the hippie peace sign. I had not yet scanned this photo so these messages prompted me to do so:

Check out this FFR msg for the scan.

23 Jan 2002 Added a link to the Bureau of Public Secrets.
11 Jan 2002 Brought the web back online after a week of downtime due to 1Plan's server problems.
7 Dec 2001 Added a link to the Free Words project.
3 Dec 2001 Notated the Sept. 30 1966 entry in the Digger Chronology to include research that proves the dating of one of the early Digger broadsides.
3 Dec 2001 Replaced the old scans of the Early Digger Papers with new versions at higher resolution.
2 Dec 2001 Published Staging the Revolution: Guerrilla Theater as a Countercultural Practice, 1965-1968 by Michael William Doyle. An important contribution to the history of the Diggers.
24 Nov 2001 Moved the Hearthshire articles to the Archives section.
23 Nov 2001 Moved the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Human Be-In photo gallery back into the web.
22 Nov 2001 Moved the Blackbear Reunion 1987 article by Don Monkerud to the Histories section.
17 Nov 2001 Added the Catalog of Free Print Shop Publications (August 1968 to December 1972) on the Kaliflower page.
13 Nov 2001 Updated the Links to Digger Web page.
22 Sep 2001 Created a new version of the Free City News web to become an experiment in online participatory journalism.
25 Aug 2001 Added the Black's Beach Diggers to the Links page under Digger Dharma Today section.
5 Aug 2001 Finished redesigning The 60s Date Machine, with a new format for events listings, with a separate page for the Digger Chronology, and several ways to access the event database, including: All Events Listing, Text Search, Keywords Listing, Dates Listing, Date Range form, Events Drop-down List.
17 Jun 2001 Published "Diggers: An American Alternative Movement Thirty Years Later", a series of articles by Édouard Waintrop (with permission to republish here) which originally appeared in Liberation newspaper, Paris, France, December 2000.
16 Jun 2001 Published the article "It's Free because It's Yours": The Diggers and the San Francisco Scene, 1964–1968, from the book A Fiction of the Past: The Sixties in American History, by Dominick Cavallo. (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.)

Professor Cavallo has graciously given permission to reproduce this ground-breaking, first-published scholarly history of the Diggers, whom he clearly sees as fundamental to understanding the Sixties, especially the formation of the Counterculture. It is gratifying that we can include this important piece in the Archives.

25 Feb 2001 Created a page for Richard Brautigan's Please Plant This Book.
24 Feb 2001 Re-did the Early Digger Papers page to include the full text with the index of titles, and re-scanned the images. Hopefully this will make it easier to read these pieces. Readers should feel free to make suggestions for improving the web's design.
10 Feb 2001 Added a new section for the Ringolevio pages from p. 209 to 498. Each page has a navigation bar to move easily from from previous to next  page.
9 Feb 2001 Added a more full featured search page to the web using the Atomz engine. Try it, you'll like it. Getting back to the functionality that we had with the Glimpse search engine. 
6 Dec 2000 Added an article by Kenneth Rexroth on the English Diggers.
21 Oct 2000 Added an article to the Archive from 1967 that provides an intimate portrait of a Free Store and the Digger philosophy.
21 Jun 2000 Created a page for remembering those you walked once here.
28 May 2000 Added an article about the Diggers by Christine Hall ("The Diggers Are Back" from ESP Magazine, 5/17/2000).
27 May 2000 Added the article that Patricia Keats wrote about the Kaliflower collection at the California Historical Society.
25 Mar 2000 Rearranged the Morningstar section, using the Digger web theme for Pam's Chronicles pages.
14 Mar 2000 Added the Morningstar index page, with links to the articles and newsletters.
26 Feb 2000 Radio Free Berkeley is helping to coordinate an alternative media center, and offering workshops for media activists. Announcement of a film that documents the micropower broadcasting movement. (Read new posting in Free City News.)
3 Jan 2000 Added two more pages to the Photo Gallery.
27 Dec 1999 Added the essay, Using Theatrical Devices To Counter Culture (A Partial History of the San Francisco Diggers in the Heyday of Haight-Ashbury) by Marcus Del Greco to the History section.
24 Dec 1999 Re-created the (Early) Digger Papers page.
19 Dec 1999 Asked FPToday to point all HTTP 404 errors to a customized "not found" page (which also happens to contain an imaginary photo of the webmaster). 
18 Dec 1999 Redesigned and added content to the Free City News.
8 Dec 1999 The Communication Company database is ready. Search by author or list by title.
5 Dec 1999 Put up the third and fourth pages of the Photo Gallery.
28 Nov 1999 Much of the web site is back in operation after the fourth major redesign in five years. I discovered that Webcom, my web space provider for the past five years, just doesn't work for publishing the MS Frontpage 2000 web pages. So I've switched to using FP Today, another provider that had been hosting my BearBytes domain. This also has the advantage of allowing me to put up database access on the web (yeah!)

Still a lot left to do, but the following is complete (or nearly so):

   

Undated changes:

Edited the AVI version of Nowsreal and added the first and second video clips from Nowsreal on a new Free Poetry Forever page under the Themes area.
Added a video clip from the film Les Diggers de San Francisco with Peter Berg discussing Digger Free.
Created an index of Kaliflower Volume 3 with scans of cover pages and tables of contents for each issue.
Added the transcription of a draft letter from Peter Berg to an unnamed Underground Newspaper, ca. 1967, to the Digger Correspondence page.
Added the transcription of a letter from Emmett Grogan to Peter Berg, ca. 29 April 1967, to the Digger Correspondence page.
Added the transcription of a letter from Kent to Emmett Grogan, ca. 1972, to the Digger Correspondence page.
Added a new "Themes" page which contains an audio clip of Emmett rapping on Free City, and a video clip of the Free Noon Forever event on City Hall steps in 1968.
Finished posting the second set of Free City sheets from 1967.
Posted a new page with scans and full text of the first set of Free City sheets from 1967.
Scanned the "In the Clear" photo from Nov. 1966 with Emmett flashing the 2-fingered salute that he claims led to the hippie peace sign.
17 Feb 05
Added the Google engine to the Search page. Thanks to Leonard Raznick for suggesting this enhancement.
Added a link to the Bureau of Public Secrets.
Added a link to the Free Words project.
Notated the Sept. 30 1966 entry in the Digger Chronology to include research that proves the dating of one of the early Digger broadsides.
Replaced the old scans of the Early Digger Papers with new versions at higher resolution.
Published Staging the Revolution: Guerrilla Theater as a Countercultural Practice, 1965-1968 by Michael William Doyle. An important contribution to the history of the Diggers.
Moved the Hearthshire articles to the Archives section.
Moved the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Human Be-In photo gallery back into the web.
Moved the Blackbear Reunion 1987 article by Don Monkerud to the Histories section.
Added the Catalog of Free Print Shop Publications (August 1968 to December 1972) on the Kaliflower page.
Updated the Links to Digger Web page.
Created a new version of the Free City News web to become an experiment in online participatory journalism.
Added the Black's Beach Diggers to the Links page under Digger Dharma Today section.
Finished redesigning The 60s Date Machine, with a new format for events listings, with a separate page for the Digger Chronology, and several ways to access the event database, including: All Events Listing, Text Search, Keywords Listing, Dates Listing, Date Range form, Events Drop-down List.
Published "Diggers: An American Alternative Movement Thirty Years Later", a series of articles by Édouard Waintrop (with permission to republish here) which originally appeared in Liberation newspaper, Paris, France, December 2000.
Published the article "It's Free because It's Yours": The Diggers and the San Francisco Scene, 1964–1968, from the book A Fiction of the Past: The Sixties in American History, by Dominick Cavallo. (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.)
Professor Cavallo has graciously given permission to reproduce this ground-breaking, first-published scholarly history of the Diggers, whom he clearly sees as fundamental to understanding the Sixties, especially the formation of the Counterculture. It is gratifying that we can include this important piece in the Archives.
Created a page for Richard Brautigan's Please Plant This Book.
Re-did the Early Digger Papers page to include the full text with the index of titles, and re-scanned the images. Hopefully this will make it easier to read these pieces. Readers should feel free to make suggestions for improving the web's design.
Added a new section for the Ringolevio pages from p. 209 to 498. Each page has a navigation bar to move easily from from previous to next page.
Added a more full featured search page to the web using the Atomz engine. Try it, you'll like it. Getting back to the functionality that we had with the Glimpse search engine. 
Added an article by Kenneth Rexroth on the English Diggers.
Added an article to the Archive from 1967 that provides an intimate portrait of a Free Store and the Digger philosophy.
Created a page for remembering those you walked once here.
Added an article about the Diggers by Christine Hall ("The Diggers Are Back" from ESP Magazine, 5/17/2000).
Added the article that Patricia Keats wrote about the Kaliflower collection at the California Historical Society.
Rearranged the Morningstar section, using the Digger web theme for Pam's Chronicles pages.
Added the Morningstar index page, with links to the articles and newsletters.
Radio Free Berkeley is helping to coordinate an alternative media center, and offering workshops for media activists. Announcement of a film that documents the micropower broadcasting movement. (Read new posting in Free City News.)
Added two more pages to the Photo Gallery.
Added the essay, Using Theatrical Devices To Counter Culture (A Partial History of the San Francisco Diggers in the Heyday of Haight-Ashbury) by Marcus Del Greco to the History section.
Re-created the (Early) Digger Papers page.
Asked FPToday to point all HTTP 404 errors to a customized "not found" page (which also happens to contain an imaginary photo of the webmaster). 
Redesigned and added content to the Free City News.
The Communication Company database is ready. Search by author or list by title.
Put up the third and fourth pages of the Photo Gallery.
Much of the web site is back in operation after the fourth major redesign in five years. I discovered that Webcom, my web space provider for the past five years, just doesn't work for publishing the MS Frontpage 2000 web pages. So I've switched to using FP Today, another provider that had been hosting my BearBytes domain. This also has the advantage of allowing me to put up database access on the web (yeah!)

Still a lot left to do, but the following is complete (or nearly so):

The new Discussion Web
The new Photo Gallery
The new "dynamic content" Free Store
The new Date Machine (Chronology)
Free Fall Chronicles
Home Free Home
Digger Papers 1968
Kaliflower/Deep Tried Frees
The new Collapsible Site Map
Etc.
 

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