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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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Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Book of ladders, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is personal.
Folder 2: Boyfunk, 2002Add to your cart.
Volume 1, Issue 1. Subjects are personal, lesbian/gay/bi/transgender, and queer.
Folder 3: Brains, 2003Add to your cart.
Volume 1, Issue 1. Subjects are zombies, literary, and humor.
Folder 4: Brains and beauty, 2003Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are Hello Kitty, literary, and personal.
Folder 5: Breaking old patterns, weaving new ties, 1994Add to your cart.
Subjects are politics, gender, and race.
Folder 6: Breaking the silence, 1994Add to your cart.
Subjects are sexual abuse, lesbian/gay/bi/transgender, and police brutality.
Folder 7: A Brief history of anarchism in Greece (1848 - 1973), 1995Add to your cart.
Subjects are anarchism, and Greece.
Folder 8: The Brigantine collective, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are feminists, women's rights, and health.
Folder 9: Bringing democracy home, 2000Add to your cart.
Subjects are ecology, and politics.
Folder 10: Bringing the heat in Miami, 2003Add to your cart.
Subjects are anarchism, protests, and South Florida.
Folder 11: Brio! + Escape, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are anarchism, and personal.
Folder 12: Brisk walk, 2004Add to your cart.
Issue 1, 2, 3. Subjects are personal, music, and South Florida. Published on Miami Beach, Florida, and in Sarasota, Florida.
Folder 13: Broadlight, 2001Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are anarchism, personal, and anti-war.
Folder 14: Broken glasses, 2001Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are personal, and travel.
Folder 15: Broken toes, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are personal, poetry, and South Florida. Published in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Folder 16: Brown eyes, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subject is personal.
Folder 17: Bruises on my thigh are shaped like a map of italy, The, 2001Add to your cart.
Subjects are protests, personal, and anarchism.
Folder 18: Brush fire, 2007Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are anarchism, protests, and South Florida. Published in Florida.
Folder 19: Buffalo field campaign, 2003, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are buffalo, environmentalism, and animal rights.
Folder 20: Buffo, 1988Add to your cart.
Issue 01/02. Subjects are anarchism, and politics.
Folder 21: Bullshit has a process, 2004-2005Add to your cart.
Subjects are personal, sexual abuse, and Florida. Published in Tallahassee, Florida.
Folder 22: Burn Brandon, 2008Add to your cart.
Issue 20. Subjects are music, punk rock, and personal.
Folder 23: Burn collector, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 9. Subjects are personal, music, and politics.
Folder 24: Burn in hell, buddy!, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1, 2. Subjects are personal, and sex/sexuality.
Folder 25: Cage was never locked, The, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are anarchism, and personal.
Folder 26: Calcutta, childhood sticks/Calcutta, plain print, n.d.Add to your cart.
Two different titles by Joshua Hale and Matthew Wheelock. Subjects are personal, music, skateboarding, and poetry.
Folder 27: California blackout, 1996Add to your cart.
Subjects are poetry, lesbian/gay/bi/transgender, and personal.
Folder 28: Calm, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are personal, poetry, and art.

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