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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Dutch 24

Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library Real Free Press collection

Real Free Press office sales and holdings records, artwork, and works published or sold by the RFP.


  • 1965-1980


Language of Materials

Dutch; Flemish

Materials are in Dutch and English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

This collection/a portion of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


5 linear feet (11 boxes)

Includes: Sales records, stock lists, and legal documents of the Real Free Press ; the personal and professional papers of R. Olaf Stoop ; drawings, sketches and hand-drawn signs by friends of R. Olaf Stoop and artists published by Real Free Press. ; comics and Real Free Press records at various stages of printing ; and works published or re-sold by Real Free Press.

Biographical / Historical

The Real Free Press (1965-1980) was an underground comix publisher in Amsterdam co-founded by R. Olaf Stoop and Martin Beumer. Real Free Press was the first underground commix distributer in Europe.


The collection has been arranged into the following series: I. Real Free Press records ; II. R. Olaf Stoop papers ; III. Drawings, sketches and comics ; IV. Publishing process materials ; V. Published Works ; VI. Compositions ; VII. Postcards, ephemera and realia ; VIII. Store and office signs.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2012M-189. Deposit, Julio Santo Domingo III, April 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Wyssen,Rachel Parker, and Betts Coup, 2018-2019.
Link to catalog
Santo Domingo, Julia Maria. Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library Real Free Press collection, 1965-1980 (MS Dutch 24): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
August 7, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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