Independent Voices, the initial Reveal Digital collection, will present a set of digitized U.S. newspapers, journals, and magazines published by the alternative press during the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Production of the collection is to be financed through scaled contributions from participating libraries, and the collection will be released over four years.
Reveal Digital mounted a beta website with the initial holdings in late January 2013. In August 2015, Reveal Digital selected Veridian as its new platform.
The materials to be digitized are broadly described on the project website as serials produced by "American youth. Feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals and the New Left, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Latinos, and members of the LGBT communities." Content has been sourced from the original publications held in the special collection libraries at Northwestern University and Duke University. Additional content will be sourced from institutions such as University at Buffalo, Michigan State University, University of Texas, New York University, and others (see site for complete source list).
Titles in the collection will fall into eight categories. The preliminary collections digitized (as of April 2016) include:
- GI Underground Press: 460 titles
- Feminist and Women's Alternative Press: 73 titles
- Small literary magazines: 133 titles
- Campus underground press: 69 titles
Additional content areas in production (awaiting funding or permission clearance) include LGBT, minority presses (Black American, Latino(a), Native American), and right-wing press.
As of April 2016, the collection contains nearly 13,000 issues comprising 387,828 pages. When completed, Reveal Digital expects the collection to contain "complete runs of over 1,000 titles and 750,000 pages."