Guide to CHAOS, 1963-1966
Collection number: UA 18/7/12
Size: 1 box
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
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
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.
This collection is open.
Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.
[Identification of item], CHAOS, 1963-1966, UA 18/7/12, Milne Special Collections
and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
These publications were collected by the University Library.
|Box 1, Folder 1||v. 1, nos. 1-4 (1963-64)|
|Box 1, Folder 2||v. 2, nos. 1-2 (1964-65)|
|Box 1, Folder 3||v. 3, no. 1 (1966)|