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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 30Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Movement, 2005Add to your cart.
Issue 3. Subjects are women's studies, and education.
Folder 2: Mr. Peebody's picture book of memories, 2003Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are childhood, and personal.
Folder 3: Untitled political zine, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are political, Caribbean & Latin American, and animal rights.
Folder 4: M78, 2001Add to your cart.
Subjects are ethnicity, women's rights, and personal.
Folder 5: The multiplier, 1998Add to your cart.
Issue 4. Subjects are bikes, personal, and travel.
Folder 6: Mundane existence, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are personal, and miscellaneous. Published in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 7: Multiple personality disorder from the inside out, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is mental health.
Folder 8: Museifushugi, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are Japan, anarchism, and history.
Folder 9: Muster book, 2004Add to your cart.
Subjects are anarchism, and city life.
Folder 10: Mutantezine, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are photography, and art.
Folder 11: Mutate zine, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 7, 8. Subjects are queer, and music.
Folder 12: Mutual corruption, 2003Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are poetry, photography, and literary.
Folder 13: My dog ate my gender assignment, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are lesbian/gay/bi/transgender, and gender.
Folder 14: My first little book of GM crop decontamination, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are environmentalism, agriculture, and how to.
Folder 15: My journey with Aristotle to the anarchist utopia, 2000Add to your cart.
Subjects are fiction, and anarchism. Published in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 16: Mylxine, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 16. Subjects are racism, and personal. Published in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 17: My mouse book, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are fiction, literary, and comics.
Folder 18: My name is Chellis & I'm in recovery from western civilization, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is anthropology.
Folder 19: My very first real zine, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is personal.
Folder 20: My views change over time, 1998-1999Add to your cart.
Issue 1, 2, 3, 4. Subjects are personal, and miscellaneous. Published in Gainesville, Florida.
Folder 21: My winter in Miami Beach, 2010Add to your cart.
Subjects are South Florida, travel, and personal.
Folder 22: Nakedness and power, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are comics, direct action, and protests.
Folder 23: Nashville bites, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are personal, and Florida. Published in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 24: Nations, states and religions have bloodstained the whole world, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are anarchism, anti-war, and Middle East.
Folder 25: Neat, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subject is punk rock.

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