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Zines and Minicomics Collection, 1985- | Special Collections & University Archives

By Anna Culbertson and Adam Burkhart

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Collection Overview

Title: Zines and Minicomics Collection, 1985-Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1995-

Extent: 42.25 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/2002. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: American poetry--20th century, Anarchism, Comic books, strips, etc., Feminism, Gender, Music, Politics, Popular culture, Riot grrrl movement, Riot grrrl movement--Periodicals, Self-care, Health, Transgender people, Women, Young women

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Zines and Minicomics Collection combines materials from two former collections known as the West Coast Zines Collection and the Comics Collection. The collection ranges from 1985 to the present and includes zines and minicomics on a variety of topics. Concentrations include identity politics (especially riot grrrl, people of color and LGBTQ topics), sexuality and reproductive rights, punk rock, anarchism, activism, alternative lifestyles, creative writing, and popular culture. Notable feminist titles in the collection that began as zines and went on to become major "glossies" include BUST, Bitch, Venus, and Hip Mama.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by publication title, and then chronologically within each title from earliest to latest. A brief description of each publication's content is provided, and links to web versions are available in some instances. Publications are tagged according to the Zine Thesaurus of Subject Terms developed by the Anchor Archive at the Roberts Street Social Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Use the following link to see this list:  http://www.robertsstreet.org/thesaurus/out.htm

Also included are supplemental materials, including related correspondence, promotional ephemera, exhibit materials, and a small archive of materials generated by SDSU's Zine & DIY Culture Club, formed and officialy recognized as a student organization in 2016.

Subject/Index Terms

American poetry--20th century
Anarchism
Comic books, strips, etc.
Feminism
Gender
Music
Politics
Popular culture
Riot grrrl movement
Riot grrrl movement--Periodicals
Self-care, Health
Transgender people
Women
Young women

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2002-present

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Multiple donors

Related Materials: For more information please see http://www.robertsstreet.org/thesaurus/out.htm.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised 5/2014; collection rearranged to combine formerly-titled West Coast Zines Collection (MS-0278) and selected titles from the Comics Collection (MS-0091).


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Box Q1Add to your cart.
Item 1: QuantifyAdd to your cart.
Personal zine by a recent college graduate, exploring issues of identity, race, and sexuality.
Author / Publisher: Lauren Martin (self-published)
Category: mixed race; personal stories; queer; queer identity; race; racial identity
Date / Volume: #1-2 (2000)
Publication Place: Portland, OR; Staten Island, NY
Item 2: Queen ZineAdd to your cart.
"A guide to fabulousness for boy queens and girl queens everywhere!"
Author / Publisher: Craig Jessup (self-published)
Category: celebrities; concert reviews; fashion; gay; personal stories; queer; sex
Date / Volume: #1 (1996)
Publication Place: Larkspur, CA
Item 3: Queens, Hookers, and HustlersAdd to your cart.
A history of transgender prostitution and organizing by transgender sex workers. Also documents the role of trans people in the burgeoning gay rights movement and the marginalization of trans people within the gay community. Text reprinted by Not Yr Cister Press from Mack Friedman's book Strapped for Cash: A History of American Hustler Culture.
Author / Publisher: Mack Friedman; Valerie Queen, ed. (Not Yr Cister Press)
Category: cruising; gay; gender fucking; lesbian; prostitution; queer activism; queer history; queer politics; transgender; transgender politics; transsexual
Date / Volume: (n.d.)
Publication Place: unknown
Item 4: QueenzineAdd to your cart.
Personal zine.
Author / Publisher: Raina Lee (self-published)
Category: interviews; music; personal stories; youth; zine reviews; zines
Date / Volume: #2, #3 (2002)
Publication Place: Los Angeles, CA
Item 5: Queer RamblingsAdd to your cart.
"...a fabulous monthly publication featuring the creativity of queer women."
Author / Publisher: Sandra R. Garcia (self-published)
Category: butch; femme; lesbian; poetry; queer; sex
Date / Volume: #29 (March 2003)
Publication Place: Blythe, CA
Item 6: Quite the DropAdd to your cart.
Minicomic on a single sheet that unfolds to reveal the story. A squirrel climbs back in time to steal baking ideas from Baker Bell, but when Bell falls to his death, the squirrel climbs back in time to save him, at the squirrel's peril.
Acquisition Information: Gift of Donna Barr, 2015
Author / Publisher: Christopher Green (self-published)
Category: comics
Date / Volume: (2014)
Publication Place: unknown

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