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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 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Calvin and Hobbes guide to daily life, 2001Add to your cart.
Subjects are comics, sociology, and work.
Folder 2: Capturing heat, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are cooking, and eco-friendly technology.
Folder 3: Cardboard capers, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are comics, politics, and sociology.
Folder 4: Carry on screaming, 1995Add to your cart.
Issue 3. Subjects are crustcore, and music.
Folder 5: Carta, 2000Add to your cart.
Issue 7. Subjects are protests, and politics.
Folder 6: The Case of Leonard Peltier, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are Native Americans, prisons, and activism.
Folder 7: Cash flagg, 2004Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are film, and personal.
Folder 8: Cat's claw herbal, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are natural healing, plants, and health.
Folder 9: Caution: No big words here, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are personal, and sexual abuse.
Folder 10: Cell phones suck, 2005Add to your cart.
Subjects are cell phones, technology, and environmentalism.
Folder 11: Cezam, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 4. Subject is teens.
Folder 12: The Chain ring ate my pants, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 5. Subjects are environmentalism, anti-authoritarian, and personal.
Folder 13: Chasing down the years, 2001Add to your cart.
Subjects are personal, relationships, and poetry.
Folder 14: Chiapas, 1998Add to your cart.
Subjects are Zapatistas, Central America, and indigenous groups.
Folder 15: Chickenhead zine and roll, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1, 2. Subjects are personal, and work.
Folder 16: Chick pea, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 3. Subjects are travel, personal, and music.
Folder 17: Chihuahua + pitbull zine, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are personal, anti-authoritarian, and comics.
Folder 18: Chimp frenzy, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subject is zines.
Folder 19: Old Chinatown album, 2005Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are comics, and personal.
Folder 20: Choose the world, not the bank!, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are economics, anarchism, and Florida. Published in Gainesville, Florida.
Folder 21: Churches and alcoholics, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are anarchism, sociology, and relationships.
Folder 22: Church hill, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are personal, punk rock, and music.
Folder 23: The CIA makes science fiction unexciting, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are government agencies, AIDS, and health.
Folder 24: Cigarillos, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are personal, relationships, and travel.
Folder 25: Circle of friends, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are relationships, and personal.
Folder 26: Circumcision, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are circumcision, health, and Florida. Published in Lake Worth, Florida.
Folder 27: A Citizen's guide to buying locally, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are local economy movement, environmentalism, and health.
Folder 28: A Civilian's guide to direct action, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are community activism, activism, and protests.
Folder 29: Civilization will eat itself, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are anti-authoritarian, anti-work, and sociology.
Folder 30: Class propaganda, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are anti-school, education, and anti-authoritarian.

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