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The collection was donated by Sarah and Jen Wolfe in June 2008 with a few additions in October 2009.
Sarah and Jen Wolfe Zines, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.
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The collection consists of numerous zines assembled by Sarah and Jen Wolfe during the 1990s. Many of the zines are products of the 1990s feminist "riot grrrl" movement; they deal with the issues of concern to that movement, including female-driven music, complexities of female identity, and a consciousness of institutional, social and cultural sexism. Riot grrrl zines are also concerned with feminist political and social issues such as discrimination, sexual abuse, eating disorders, and concerns over body image. Many zines are marked by stories of intensely personal experiences relating to these issues.
A number of the zines are less strictly riot grrrl-oriented; these more traditional publications describe local, regional, and national underground music scenes, and are derived from the original outsider music zines created by the punk movement in the 1970s.
In addition, a much smaller number of zines consist of cartoons and comics rather than articles, interviews or personal essays.
Also included are several issues of publications that catalog and review zines: Factsheet Five and Zine World.
Note that, because of the irregular and amateur nature of zine publications, many of the items in the collection do not have specific issue numbers or dates attached to them.
JOHNSON, BRENT. The Brent Johnson Iowa Killed Buddy Holly Small Press and Zine Shop Collection, 1990-2005. 5.5 ft.
Collection of zines and other small press publications assembled by Johnson, an Iowa City native who operated the Iowa Killed Buddy Holly Small Press and Zine Shop in Iowa City. MsC 319. (Finding Aid)
PUBLIC SPACE ONE. Public Space ONE Zine Collection, 1977-2008. 2.2. ft.
Collection of zines donated by Iowa City-based art and performance venue Public Space ONE. Many zines relate to anarchist or radical politics, and many zines are from Iowa City-area authors. MsC370. (Finding Aid)
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS. Special Collections Floating Zine Collection, 1998-2010. 1.0 ft
Collection of assorted zines not tied to any particular donor or other collection. MsC331. (Finding Aid)
STEWART, SEAN. Sean Stewart Zine Collection, 1986-2009. 1.0 ft.
=Collection of zines dealing with a wide variety of subjects, themes, and creative styles, collected by a Baltimore-based zine writer, editor and reviewer. MsC 353. (Finding Aid)
WOLFE, JEN. Jen Wolfe Collection of Female-Driven Comics, 1948-2006. 3 ft.
Collection of comic books that mostly feature major female characters, are written and drawn by female artists, and/or chronicle stories of "traditionally female" interest, such as romance comics. MsC 879. (Finding Aid)
ZINE MACHINE. Zine Machine Collection, 2001-2009. 0.8 ft.
Collection of zines taken from the Zine Machine, a repurposed vending machine in the University of Iowa Main Library that distributes zines to interested parties. Many of the zines are local to Iowa City in origin. MsC885. (Finding Aid)