RIT Zine collection
Collection Scope and Content Note
The RIT Zine collection contains zines created by students and employees of RIT as well as zines published by outside sources. The collection has been assembled over time from legacy holdings and new accessions in the RIT Archives. Additional scope and content information can be found in the Contents List section of this finding aid.
The RIT Zine collection has been arranged into four series. The materials are housed in 9 archival document boxes and 1 oversized flat file box.
- Creation: 1989 - 2022
- Ambrogi, Patti, Professor (Person)
- Clark, Zach (Person)
- Diggins, Lorenzo, Jr. (Person)
- Nicholls, Sarah (Person)
- Prez, James (Person)
- Chute Studio (Organization)
- Visual Studies Workshop (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
A zine (short for magazine or fanzine) is a self-published work of original and/or recycled text and images, typically produced in small batches. Zines contain representations of activism, art, music, poetry, politics, popular culture, storytelling, and much more. The concept of zines can be traced back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries by amateur printers and artists, later intersecting with the origins of science fiction and outsider literary magazines. Throughout the 20th century, zines documented the rise of feminism, punk subculture, the riot grrrl movement, and civil rights issues. Alternative publications such as zines have allowed for individual and group commentary not normally seen in mainstream journalism and therefore have evidentiary value as tangible output from underrepresented communities.
RIT’s collection of zines allows for researchers and students to experience examples of independent creative publishing and self-expression.
6.5 Linear Feet (9 document boxes, 1 flat box)
The RIT Zine collection contains zines created by students and employees of RIT as well as zines published by outside sources. The collection has been assembled over time from legacy holdings and new accessions in the RIT Archives.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Curricular, 1995-2021
Series II: Student publications, 2019
Series III: Outside RIT, 1989-2021 and n.d.
Series IV: RIT Zine Fair/ Zine Fest, 2018-2022
The collection has been assembled over time from legacy holdings and new accessions in the RIT Archives. Accessions include 2018:081, 2018:082, 2019:035, 2019:037, 2019:043, 2019:066, 2019:067, 2019:093, 2019:094, 2020:001, 2020:002, 2020:003, 2020:007, 2020:014, 2021:002, 2021:009, and 2022:037.
Additional accruals are expected, particularly of zines donated by students who create them as part of class assignments.
Additional materials added to collection in August 2023.
Ella von Holtum, January 2020; Julia Novakovic, August 2023
- Finding Aid to the RIT Zine Collection, 1989-2022
- Ella von Holtum (orig.), revised by Julia Novakovic
- August 2023
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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