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OK, I hadn't picked this up, but...

But it's a good 'un.

The Organization for Transformative Works (read "fanfic") has started working with the University of Iowa to get fanfic 'zines into a cataloged archive.

Two days ago they announced the first collection has been received in their blog and their LiveJournal community.

Surprisingly enough, their blog comments exploded into draaaahma and the LJ comments were "Oooh, cool, here are some things that need to make it into the collection, what can I do to help?"

The funny thing?

Mariellen (Ming) Wathne's "lending library" collection is what all the stink is about. For the most part, 'zines that were either originally sent to Lucasfilm to satisfy their copyright management desires or sent to Ming for the express purpose of being part of a lending archive.

It's estimated to be about 3,000 items. A few dozen boxes.

That's a drop in the bucket, not only among the total number of fanzines published, but among the total number of fanzines in academic collections. U of Iowa and UC Riverside each have well over 200,000 fanzines already in their collections.

Even if U of Iowa and UC Riverside have half a million 'zines, that's still a drop in the bucket. Support your community archivists, public and private.

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lobolance
Jun. 20th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
wow, circle round.

Mariellen (and her spouse, Sig) hosted the Santa Barbara Science Fiction Alliance (the club I started in SB) for several years. We had great parties in her back yard. And she of course had a room devoted to all things Star Wars, especially zines.

Later I ran into her at Worldcon, and she'd become Ming. Funny how odd that was at the time!
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