"Zines are speaking to and for an underground culture. And while other groups of individuals come together around the shared creation of their own culture, what distinguishes zinesters from garden-variety hobbyists is their political self-consciousness."
- Stephen Duncombe, Notes from the Underground, p. 8
Selections from the Collins Library Zine Collection. Photo Credit: Katy Curtis
For your analysis essay and final project, you will be working with a unique segment of our collections. The Collins Library Zine Collection contains approximately 500 zines which are housed in Archives & Special Collections on the 2nd Floor of the library.
Zines are an excellent medium for sharing knowledge and personal stories, journaling, advocating for or teaching someone about an issue or topic that you are passionate about, or building community within your circles.
The zines in our collection vary widely in style and content and cover a wide breadth of topics, including zines on national and local issues, politics, personal narratives, intersectional identities, activism and social justice, mini comics, and much more!
For more information about zines and zine culture, visit our collection guide.
Explore these digital collection to see additional examples.
The Archives & Special Collections is located on the second floor of the Collins Memorial Library.
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