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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 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Hey! Get out of our way!, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are bikes, anti-cars, and organizing manuals.
Folder 2: H.I.J.O.S. Guatemala, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are Caribbean & Latin American, and foreign language. Published in Guatemala.
Folder 3: His first gunshot, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are comics, violence, and mental health.
Folder 4: History of the American Animal Liberation Front, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are animal rights, direct action, and history.
Folder 5: The history of the Seminole People of Florida, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are indigenous groups, history, and Florida. Published in Lake Worth, Florida.
Folder 6: Brazen Hussy/Hi-yay to hell, n.d.Add to your cart.
Split zine. Issue 6, 2. Subjects in Brazen Hussy are personal, comics, and South Florida. Published in Gainesville, Florida. Subjects in Hi-yay to hell are personal, and comics.
Folder 7: Hobby horse, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 3. Subjects are collage, and art.
Folder 8: Hole, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are photography, how to, and art.
Folder 9: A hole in the rubber, 2009?Add to your cart.
Subjects are queer, fiction, and literary.
Folder 10: Hollywood nihil, n.d., 2001Add to your cart.
Issue 1, 2. Subjects are women's studies, feminist, work, and crime.
Folder 11: Holy Land or living hell, 2005Add to your cart.
Subjects are anti-zionism, human rights, and environmentalism.
Folder 12: Home glory, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subject is personal.
Folder 13: Home sweet home, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are housing, anarchism, and how to.
Folder 14: Hope, 2002Add to your cart.
Issue 19. Subjects are dance, city life, and personal.
Folder 15: Horizontalidad en/in Argentina, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are direct action, Caribbean & Latin American, and horizontalism.
Folder 16: Hot pantz, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are reproductive health, feminist, and do it yourself.
Folder 17: How anarchist is the platform?, 2004Add to your cart.
Subjects are anarchism, organizing manuals, and history.
Folder 18: How are you gunna come?, 2001Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are comics, and political.
Folder 19: How can one sell the air?, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are Native Americans, environmentalism, and history.
Folder 20: How I learned to do it bloody murder, 1998Add to your cart.
Subjects are fiction, and literary.
Folder 21: How to circumvent a security alarm in 10 seconds or less, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are how to, crime, and technology.
Folder 22: How to cover a protest without getting killed or arrested, 2001Add to your cart.
Subjects are journalism, protests, and how to.
Folder 23: How to disperse riot  cops, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are protests, police brutality, and how to.
Folder 24: How to evict your landlord, 1989Add to your cart.
Subjects are housing, and legal.
Folder 25: How to fire your boss, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are workers' rights, direct action, and unionism.

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