Zines & Alternative Press: A Guide to Historical ResearchPresentation Transcript
ZINES, ARTISTS’ BOOKS, + UNDERGROUND / ALTERNATIVE PRESS a guide to historical research Sara Grozanick| LIS 620 Advanced Reference | Pratt Institute
alternative press •origins in early 20th century underground and radical newspapers •take a viewpoint counter to mainstream media •publication motivated by non-commercial reasons
ZINES… “scruffy, homemade little pamphlets”†d.i.y. ethic + aesthetic self-published, unedited, uncensored low-budget not motivated by profit†Duncombe, S. Notes from underground: zines and the politics ofalternative culture. New York, NY: Verso, 1997.
fanzines literary zines diy zines art + design zinesperzines (a.k.a. personal zines) etc.
zines as historical artifacts? potential to offer “a series of voices and experiences often lacking in the public historical record.” “represent a covert type of life narrative […] ephemeral yet powerful documents of personal testimony.” --Red Chidgey, feminist historian + zine-maker
how to find + access zines inlibrary collectionsOR-- it takes more than Google
start: library catalog University X Libraries catalogs our zines. subject heading: Zines.