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About this collection

The DC Punk Archive Zine Library is a virtual collection of zines gathered from the archival collections of individual DC Punk Archive donors. "Zine" is short for magazine or fanzine. As defined by the Barnard Zine Library, "zines are self-publications, motivated by a desire for self-expression, not for profit."

 

Many of the DC Punk Archive zines are about (and often by members of) the DC music scene and include interviews, concert reviews, record reviews, and photos of DC punk artists. However, many also include other cultural content, including national and international music coverage, arts and literature, personal essays and narratives, cartoons, political commentary, satire, and more. The zines date from the mid-1970s to the present, though the majority are from the 1980s.

 

The zines published here are only a selection of the Archive’s entire zine library. All of the DC Punk Archive, including zines not yet digitized can be viewed by appointment. Non-zine materials from the collection have also been digitized and can be visited in the DC Punk Archive collection in Dig DC.

 

Controlled vocabularies for local DC music venues, performers, and other related organizations have been created for this collection and will continue to grow.

 

This collection contains some nudity, strong language, and descriptions of violence in the context of artistic expression.

 

All of the items in this collection can be assumed to be under copyright, though the intellectual property owners of many of the items are unknown or indeterminable. When known, the names of creators and contributors are included in the administrative catalog records but are hidden from public view due to privacy concerns, though they can often be found within the items themselves.

 

Learn more about the DC Punk Archive Zine Library in its finding aid on the DCPL Special Collections webpage. 

 
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