Guide to CHAOS, 1963-1966

Collection number: UA 18/7/12
Size: 1 box (0.15 cu.ft.)

About CHAOS

CHAOS was a student literary magazine, sponsored by the United Protestant Association, an organization that conducted religious activities on campus under its own Board of Directors. Although the magazine was designed to fill the need at the university for a literary journal, it was not considered an official university publication.

In April 1964, The Manchester Union Leader’s publisher William Loeb, already at odds with the University over issues of academic freedom, wrote scathing editorials condemning CHAOS for its contents, which he claimed contained “smut, dirt, littleness, homosexuality, illicit love, four letter words and the Black Mass” among other offenses. Loeb unsuccessfully tried to involve then Gov. John W. King, Episcopalian Bishop Charles F. Hall and the AAUP in his attacks on the publication.

Although President John McConnell felt that CHAOS did not meet the University’s standards of quality and content, he did not believe it was an administrative matter. The students continued to publish CHAOS for another year after Loeb's attempt to censor them.

This series contains the entire short run of the CHAOS magazine. The publication includes short stories, poems, literary critiques and editorials.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], CHAOS, 1963-1966, UA 18/7/12, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

These publications were collected by the University Library.

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1v. 1, nos. 1-4 (1963-64)
Box 1, Folder 2v. 2, nos. 1-2 (1964-65)
Box 1, Folder 3v. 3, no. 1 (1966)