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Firefly Zine collection | University of Miami Special Collections

By Steve Hersh & Amir Naghib

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Collection Overview

Title: Firefly Zine collectionAdd to your cart.

ID: ASM0148

Extent: 28.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Firefly Zine collection is a collection of zines donated to the University of Miami Libraries by former residents of the Firefly, a local Miami collective house and important part of Miami's punk rock and activist subcultures. There are over 2,000 zines held in the collection.

Zines are typically independent and self published booklets popular in underground subcultures. The first zines were fanzines, started in the early 20th century by science fiction fans documenting the genre. The format truly took off with the punk rock movement of the 1970s, as a do-it-yourself spirit inspired legions of underground punk fans to start raw but vibrant journals documenting the nascent music scenes in their communities. Zine topics would broaden throughout the 1980s and 1990s to cover a variety of subject areas, from comics to anarchist politics to women’s rights, to more mundane subjects like dumpster diving, alternative fashions, tattoo art, and much more. Despite the expansion of topics, the format usually remained the same—self-published booklets printed in limited editions and typically produced with a photocopy machine.

The Firefly Zine collection in particular is significant for its materials documenting political beliefs and causes such as anarchism, direct action, women's rights, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) rights and environmentalism. There are also many zines about the punk rock music scene and subculture, the rights of indigenous peoples, and alternative forms of transportation such as bicycles. As with many zine libraries, there is also a strong collection of zines that are of a more personal nature. Zines about South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean regions—important collection areas of University of Miami Special Collections—are also significant in number.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 56 boxes

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research

Related Materials:

Erick Lyle papers, 1991-2001

Zine Collection

Preferred Citation: Firefly Zine collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information: Processed by Amir Naghib and Dvora Harel under the supervision of Steve Hersh, 2012.


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Folder 1: Awaken, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are politics, Florida, and AIDS. Published in Titusville, Florida.
Folder 2: Away with all cars, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are environmentalism, and anti-car.
Folder 3: Awful flakes, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are personal, and music.
Folder 4: AWOL, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 2, 3. Subjects are anti-war, politics, and teens.
Folder 5: Axiom, 2001Add to your cart.
Issue 3. Subjects are sexual abuse, women's rights, and Florida. Published in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 6: Back to school guide 99-2000, 1999-2000Add to your cart.
Subjects are teens, schools, and anti-authoritarian.
Folder 7: Bake sale stories, 1996Add to your cart.
Subjects are personal, art, and teens.
Folder 8: The Ballastales, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are personal, travel, and trainhopping.
Folder 9: Barefoot and in the kitchen, 2006Add to your cart.
Issue 3. Subjects are vegetarianism/veganism, cooking, and food and drink.
Folder 10: BARK!, 2001Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are anarchism, environmentalism, and politics.
Folder 11: Bark + grass, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are vegetarianism/veganism, cooking, and food and drink.
Folder 12: Barley Barber, Indiantown, and the energy empire, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are environmentalism, Florida, and community activism. Published in Florida.
Folder 13: Barnstormer, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are personal, and travel.
Folder 14: Barricada, 2002Add to your cart.
Issue 17. Subjects are anarcho-communism, anarchism, and anti-capitalism.
Folder 15: Basement journals, 2001Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are personal, and movies.
Folder 16: Beans & franks, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects is personal, music, and teens.
Folder 17: Beans & franks, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 9, 10. Subjects are personal, music, and Florida. Published in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 18: Beehive design collective/The Beehive's plan Colombia poster narration, n.d.Add to your cart.
Two different titles by the Beehive Collective. Subjects are art, activism, environmentalism, and South America.
Folder 19: Beer can fanzine, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are music, and beer.
Folder 20: Beginners guide to responsible sexuality (for men), n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are domestic violence, sexual abuse, and sex/sexuality.
Folder 21: A Beginner's introduction to ayurvedic medicine, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are health, natural healing, and mind/body.
Folder 22: Beginner's introduction to homeopathy, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are health, natural healing, and mind/body.
Folder 23: Behind bars, 2005Add to your cart.
Subject is anti-prison.
Folder 24: The Best enemies money can buy, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is political.
Folder 25: Best zine ever!, 2005Add to your cart.
Issue 4. Subject is zines.
Folder 26: Between the lines, n.d.Add to your cart.
Volume 1, Issue 1. Subjects are anti-war, environmentalism, and Florida. Published in Graham, Florida.
Folder 27: Beyond agriculture, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are environmentalism, ecology, and anarchism.

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