Guide to the Rave Collection,
circa 1991-1998.

Collection Number: 8068

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

Contact Information:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-3530
Fax: (607) 255-9524
rareref@cornell.edu
http://rmc.library.cornell.edu
Compiled by:
RMC Staff
Date completed:
June 2013
EAD encoding:
Evan Earle, June 2013
Date modified:
Evan Earle, June 2013

© 2013 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Rave collection, circa 1991-1998.
Collection Number:
8068
Creator:
Quantity:
5.2 cubic feet (approximately 8100 items).
Forms of Material:
Flyers.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Batch one consists of San Francisco Bay area rave cards and flyers. 118 items consisting of single sheets, variously folded leaflets, and a few pamphlets, almost all of them printed on paper or card stocks, two or there on acetate and ranging in size from 24mo to 4to, with the majority being 8vo. Some references include, Melville, Whitman, Sendak, Lewis Carroll, Dr. Seuss, Margaret Meade and rock posters of the 1960s.
Language:
Collection material in English


Rave flyers became one of the most potent symbols of youth culture in the 1990s. Their bright colors signifying a return to psychedelia, their computer-generated design a clue to future technology fetishes, their dense text an invitation to a subculture with its own deities and language. As the popularity of raves grew, it became essential to create flashy, eye-catching flyers to outdo all the other flyers. Flyers grew in both size and complexity. Imported from Chicago in the late 1980s, the English Rave scene paired the country's youth counter culture with house music and Ecstasy and led to a club scene community that could generate parties with thousands of participants, spilling over from London warehouses to countryside fields. English DJs developed their own sound, drawing upon American Hip Hop imports and accessible at-home technologies. The music found its way to radio through pirate stations, and a few bands like Prodigy and N-Joi were able to crossover to FM pop stations.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Batch one consists of San Francisco Bay area rave cards and flyers. 118 items consisting of single sheets, variously folded leaflets, and a few pamphlets, almost all of them printed on paper or card stocks, two or there on acetate and ranging in size from 24mo to 4to, with the majority being 8vo. Some references include, Melville, Whitman, Sendak, Lewis Carroll, Dr. Seuss, Margaret Meade and rock posters of the 1960s.
Batch two consists of more than 500 rave flyers and stickers, primarily from San Francisco, together with five related newsletters and pamphlets. They feature many of the most popular artists and DJs of the time, such as Moby, Deee-Lite, Prodigy, Todd Terry, Juan Atkins, Peter Tong, Sasha, Roger Sanchez, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, and many others. Also included are a dozen or more flyers from show promoters, lifestyle retailers (neo-head shops and fashion boutiques), spiritual organizations, and related art exhibitions. The flyers reflect the growing sophistication of the rave scene during the period and its various subcategories such as house, trance, techno, drum and bass, hardcore and others. Performers and DJs represented include Moby, Shamen, Deee-Lite, Rozalla, Prodigy, Daft Punk, The Crystal Method, Fluke, Tony Largo, Markie-Mark, Neon Leon, DJ Ghost, Todd Terry, Peter Avila, Danny Morales, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Sasha (Welsh), "Little Louie" Vega, DJ Dimitri, Peter Tong, Juan Atkins, DJ Sanchez, DJ Phil Smart , Graeme Park, DJ Destructo, Yagi, and DJ Dag. The rave-related periodicals in the collection include Ameba Message, number 2 (December 23, 1992), and Rhythmos, number 1 (August 1992). Pamphlets include E info: practical information about Ecstasy (no date); The Imaginal Rave (July 1992), signed Cinnamon Twist; and Tribal Donut #1 (1993), a collection of reprints and excerpts from various New Age and rave books and articles.
Batch three is a collection of 1500 English Rave flyers, collected from approximately 1990 to 1996, advertising parties throughout England featuring such acts as The Prodigy, Justin Berkman, and Adam Realtime.
Batch four consists of a decade of rave flyers from England and is a collection of 6000 English Rave flyers, collected from approximately 1990 to 2000 by an early participant in the London rave scene. Most flyers are for events in England, though Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, and Australia are also represented.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Atkins, Juan.
Avila, Peter.
Carter, Derrick L.
Cinnamon Twist.
DJ Dag.
DJ Destructo.
DJ Dimitri.
DJ Ghost.
DJ Sanchez.
Farina, Mark.
Largo, Tony.
Little Louie.
Moby.
Morales, Danny.
Neon Leon.
Park, Graeme.
Rozalla.
Sanchez, Roger, 1967-
Smart, Phil.
Terry, Todd.
Tong, Peter.
Wahlberg, Mark, 1971-
Welsh, Sasha.
Yagi.
Crystal Method (Musical group)
Daft Punk (Musical group)
Deee-Lite (Musical group)
Fluke (Musical group)
Prodigy (Musical group : Great Britain)
Shamen (Musical group)

Subjects:
Music, publicity.
Printed ephemera.
Rave culture.
Rave culture -- California -- San Francisco.
Rave culture -- Great Britain.
House music.
Techno music.
Trance music.
Hardcore (Music).
New Age movement.

Form and Genre Terms:
Fliers (printed matter)
Stickers.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Rave collection, #8068. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

SERIES LIST

Series I. First Batch, California Box 8
Series II. Second Batch, California Box 8
Series III. Third Batch, England Boxes 6-7
Series IV. Fourth Batch, England Boxes 1-5

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
Box 8 Folder 1-8
Mostly San Francisco
Box 8 Folder 9-16
Mostly San Francisco
The rave-related periodicals in the collection include Ameba Message, number 2 (December 23, 1992), and Rhythmos, number 1 (August 1992). Pamphlets include E info: practical information about Ecstasy (no date); The Imaginal Rave (July 1992), signed Cinnamon Twist; and Tribal Donut #1 (1993), a collection of reprints and excerpts from various New Age and rave books and articles.
1992-1994
Rave culture publications
Box 6 Folder 1
Includes Fantazia Fanzine (Issue 1), Ravescene (Nos. 22 and 29), and Eazy (No. 2).
Rave culture associated advertising
Box 6 Folder 2
Includes ads for albums, club memberships, clothing, and drugs.
Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 6 Folder 3
Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 6 Folder 4
Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 6 Folder 5
Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 6 Folder 6
Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 6 Folder 7
Flyers square, ca. 4.5" x 4.5" to 8.5" x 8.5"
Box 6 Folder 8
Flyers long, largest ca. 6" x 12"
Box 6 Folder 9
Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 6 Folder 10
Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 6 Folder 11
Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 6 Folder 12
Flyers ca. 4" x 5"
Box 6 Folder 13
Flyers ca. 4" x 5"
Box 6 Folder 14
Flyers ca. 4" x 5"
Box 6 Folder 15
Flyers ca. 4" x 5"
Box 6 Folder 16
Flyers ca. 4" x 5"
Box 6 Folder 17
Flyers ca. 4.25" x 5.5"
Box 7 Folder 1
Flyers ca. 4.25" x 5.5"
Box 7 Folder 2
Flyers ca. 4.25" x 5.5"
Box 7 Folder 3
Flyers ca. 4.25" x 5.5"
Box 7 Folder 4
Flyers ca. 4.25" x 5.5"
Box 7 Folder 5
Flyers ca. 4.25" x 5.5"
Box 7 Folder 6
Flyers ca. 4.25" x 5.5"
Box 7 Folder 7
Flyers ca. 4.25" x 5.5"
Box 7 Folder 8
Flyers, oddly shaped
Box 7 Folder 9
Flyers ca. 12" x 18"
Box 7 Folder
1991
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 1
1992
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 2
1992
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 3
1992
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 4
1993
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 5
1993
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 6
1993
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 7
1994
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 8
1994
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 9
1995
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 10
1995
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 11
1996
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 12
1996
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 13
1997
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 14
1998
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 15
1999
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 16
2000
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 17
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 18
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 1 Folder 19
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 2 Folder 1
Event Flyers ca. 9" x 12"
Box 2 Folder 2
1989-1992
Flyers, oddly shaped
Box 2 Folder 3
1993
Flyers, oddly shaped
Box 2 Folder 4
1994
Flyers, oddly shaped
Box 2 Folder 5
1995
Flyers, oddly shaped
Box 2 Folder 6
1996-2000
Flyers, oddly shaped
Box 2 Folder 7
Flyers, oddly shaped
Box 2 Folder 8
1992
Rave culture associated advertising
Box 2 Folder 9
Includes ads for albums, club memberships, clothing, and drugs.
1993
Rave culture associated advertising
Box 2 Folder 10
Includes ads for albums, club memberships, clothing, and drugs.
1994
Rave culture associated advertising
Box 2 Folder 11
Includes ads for albums, club memberships, clothing, and drugs.
1995
Rave culture associated advertising
Box 2 Folder 12
Includes ads for albums, club memberships, clothing, and drugs.
1996
Rave culture associated advertising
Box 2 Folder 13
Includes ads for albums, club memberships, clothing, and drugs.
1997
Rave culture associated advertising
Box 2 Folder 14
Includes ads for albums, club memberships, clothing, and drugs.
1998
Rave culture associated advertising
Box 2 Folder 15
Includes ads for albums, club memberships, clothing, and drugs.
1999-2000
Rave culture associated advertising
Box 2 Folder 16
Includes ads for albums, club memberships, clothing, and drugs.
Rave culture associated advertising
Box 2 Folder 17
Includes ads for albums, club memberships, clothing, and drugs.
1989
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 2 Folder 18
1990
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 2 Folder 19
1991
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 2 Folder 20
1992
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 2 Folder 21
1992
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 2 Folder 22
1993
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 2 Folder 23
1993
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 2 Folder 24
1994
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 2 Folder 25
1994
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 2 Folder 26
Event Quarter cards
Box 2 Folder 27
Event Quarter cards
Box 2 Folder 28
Event Quarter cards
Box 2 Folder 29
Event Quarter cards
Box 2 Folder 30
1995
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 1
1995
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 2
1995
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 3
1996
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 4
1996
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 5
1996
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 6
1996
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 7
1997
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 8
1997
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 9
1997
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 10
1997
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 11
1998
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 12
1999
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 13
2000
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 14
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 15
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 16
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 17
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 3 Folder 18
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 4 Folder 1
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 4 Folder 2
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 4 Folder 3
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 4 Folder 4
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 4 Folder 5
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 4 Folder 6
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 4 Folder 7
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 4 Folder 8
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 4 Folder 9
Event Flyers ca. 5.75" x 8.25"
Box 4 Folder 10
Event Quarter cards
Box 4 Folder 11
Event Quarter cards
Box 4 Folder 12
Event Quarter cards
Box 4 Folder 13
Event Quarter cards
Box 4 Folder 14
Event Quarter cards
Box 4 Folder 15
Event Quarter cards
Box 4 Folder 16
Event Quarter cards
Box 4 Folder 17
Event Quarter cards
Box 4 Folder 18
Event Quarter cards
Box 4 Folder 19
Event Quarter cards
Box 4 Folder 20
Event Quarter cards
Box 4 Folder 21
Event Quarter cards
Box 4 Folder 22
Event flyers - small
Box 4 Folder 23
Event flyers - small
Box 4 Folder 24
Event flyers - small
Box 4 Folder 25
1991
Flyers - oversized
Box 5 Folder 1
1992
Flyers - oversized
Box 5 Folder 2
1993
Flyers - oversized
Box 5 Folder 3
1994
Flyers - oversized
Box 5 Folder 4
1995
Flyers - oversized
Box 5 Folder 5
1996
Flyers - oversized
Box 5 Folder 6
1997
Flyers - oversized
Box 5 Folder 7
1998
Flyers - oversized
Box 5 Folder 8
1999
Flyers - oversized
Box 5 Folder 9
2000
Flyers - oversized
Box 5 Folder 10
2002
Flyers - oversized
Box 5 Folder 11
Flyers - oversized
Box 5 Folder 12