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LGBTQ zines collection

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-Coll-68
This collection is made up of LGBT-related zines produced from the 1990s through the current day, most from the late 2000s. Subjects covered in the collection include many topics within the LGBT category and range widely. Topics include gender identity, sexuality, coming out, mental health, activism, community-building, oppression, race, and art. The collection includes many genres and forms, including personal essays, poetry, short stories, comics, photography, collages, activist essays, and educational information. The majority of the collection is nonfiction. Mixed media is often incorporated into zines, with photos and text combined alongside one another or collaged together. For the most part, serial publications are not included. Other periodicals, such as journals, magazines, and anthologies are not included but can instead be found in the Archives' periodicals collection. Most of the zines within this collection were produced individually and self-published on a "Do it Yourself" basis, as is the nature of zines. Also included are zines by small indie presses and collectives. Some have multiple authors and contributors. Many of the authors and collectives are from the Philadelphia area, but works from greater geographical areas in the United States are also represented. Some titles exist in more than one copy. They are arranged alphabetically by the title of the work. There is one file at the beginning, titled "General Zine-Related Material," which includes business cards, other identifying information about the zine-makers, and anthologies from Philadelphia's annual Zine Fest. This collection continues to grow.

Dates

  • 1992 - 2019

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may exist.

It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives of the William Way LGBT Community Center.

Extent

.8 Linear feet (2 document boxes)

Overview

This collection is made up of LGBT-related zines produced from the 1990s through the current day, most from the late 2000s. The term zines can refer to material ranging from a loosely-structured collection of personal thoughts to expertly designed publications, and vary widely in size. Topics include gender identity, sexuality, coming out, mental health, activism, community-building, oppression, race, and art.

Biographical / Historical

Zines are a medium not easily defined. The term can refer to material ranging from a loosely-structured collection of personal thoughts to expertly designed publications, and vary widely in size. Zines also vary in style, color, font, technique, and binding. What is common to zines across this broad range of content and style options is that they are independently written, produced, and distributed, and their creation is motivated by a desire for freedom of expression and freedom from strict generic and stylistic rules.

The term ‘zine’ is short for fanzines - magazines by and for fans. They have existed since the 1930s, when they originated as a form of communication among science fiction fans. In the 1960s and 1970s increasing numbers of zines were published which centered on rock n’ roll or punk music. In the 1990s, feminist zines gained prominence, with the riot grrrl movement's reaction against sexism in punk culture, third-wave feminism and girl culture, and an increased interest in the do-it-yourself lifestyle. Zines were an appropriate medium for these movements, as they allowed for the sharing of personal experience and information to build communities.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Some titles are of unknown origin; purchases at the Philly Zine Fest; gift of Philadelphia Trans Oral History Project, 2019; gift of Simon Ragovin, 2019

Related Materials

John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives at the William Way LGBT Community Center:

William Way LGBT Community Center periodicals collection, 1940s-present, Ms. Coll. 37, includes poetry and literature journals and serial anthologies arranged by title.

William Way LGBT Community Center LGBT poetry, prose, music, and photography chapbooks collection, 1965-2017, Ms.Coll.58
Title
LGBTQ zines collection, 1992-2019
Status
completed
Author
Katarina Troutman
Date
December 6, 2019
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, William Way LGBT Community Center Repository

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Philadelphia PA 19107
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