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What are Zines?
First, it's pronounced ZEEEEN.
Zines are hand-made and photocopied books. They tackle a wide variety of subjects, including political, feminist, literary, how-to, or personal (perzines). They are part of an expressive tradition stretching all the way back to Elizabethan pamphlets, with particular roots in fanzines and feminist expression of the 1990s.
Our zine collection is a small one designed to provide alternative perspectives and to provide a sense of the aesthetic of zines.
For more background on zines, see Jenna Freedman's definition-essay posted at the (awesome) Barnard Zine Library site.
Zines in Our Library
We collect zines that represent a sampling of local artists/writers, memoir (perzines), art and literature, gender and diversity, and contemporary protest movements. If you want to search for zines in our catalog, type in a keyword and add the magic command b8:zines.
You'll find our zines in a built-in display shelf on the outside of the Hasslequist Room on the library's main floor. Some zines are on display stands, and the rest are in a file drawer organized alphabetically by title. They can be checked out for two weeks. All of them are cataloged. Enjoy!
For more information, check out these sites.
If you are zinester, let us know! Our collection is growing.
Jason Luther of Syracuse University started a Zotero group for citations to scholarship on zines. Check out the group library to browse lots of books and articles on zines.
Read Books About Zines
Girl Zines by
Call Number: PN4836 .P54 2009
Publication Date: 2009-11-18
The Riot Grrrl Collection by
Call Number: ML3534 .R536 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-11
Cambodian Grrrrl by
Call Number: HQ1750.3 .M66 2011
Publication Date: 2011-09-01
The Archival Turn in Feminism by
Call Number: HQ1121 .E33 2013
Publication Date: 2013-07-26
The Gustavus library is happy to be part of the Zine Libraries of Minnesota Unconsortium! We'll try to keep up with local zine culture through this connection.
Twin Cities Zine Fest
An annual gathering of zinesters and fans from Minnesota and beyond, usually held in September. You should totally go.
Minnesota Nice Zine Distro
A distributor of downloadable zines with mostly political, philosophical, anarchist themes.
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