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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: Philly graphics, 2000Add to your cart.
Subjects are street art, and protests.
Folder 2: Picaresque, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are personal, travel, and teens.
Folder 3: Pick it up!, 2008Add to your cart.
Issue 10. Subjects are ska, and music.
Folder 4: Pirate radio, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are radio broadcasting, and how to. Publshed in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 5: Pirate utopias, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are pirates, and history.
Folder 6: In the face of the faux hawk punk is reborn/Piss broke, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1,3. Split zine between In the face of the faux hawk punk is reborn/Piss broke. Subject is personal.
Folder 7: Plan Puebla Panama, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is anti-globalization, environmentalism, and Caribbean & Latin American.
Folder 8: Planting seeds, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are personal, and miscellaneous.
Folder 9: Plant medicine, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is natural medicine.
Folder 10: Planting the seeds of revolution, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is anarchism.
Folder 11: Plastic fork rebellion, 2000Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are education, and anti-school. Published in Tampa, Florida.
Folder 12: Plataforma de las mujeres, 2006Add to your cart.
Subjects are women's studies, and Caribbean & Latin American. Published in Lima, Peru.
Folder 13: Please pass the anarchy, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 4, 5, 6, 7. Subjects are anarchism, miscellaneous, police repression, and children's rights. Published in Lake Worth, Florida.
Folder 14: Plume, 1993Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subject is music.
Folder 15: Poems from inside, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is poetry.
Folder 16: Poetry shmoetry, 2001Add to your cart.
Subject is poetry.
Folder 17: The police problem, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is police brutality
Folder 18: Policing on the global scale, 2003Add to your cart.
Subject is police repression.
Folder 19: Political perspectives of the challenging white supremecy workshops, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are anti-racism, and organizing manuals.
Folder 20: Political prisoner pamphlets, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are prisons, family, and personal.
Folder 21: Politicians love gun control, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are gun control, and political.
Folder 22: Popular indigenous council of Oaxaca, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are indigenous groups, and Caribbean & Latin American. Published in Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico.
Folder 23: A popular guide to building a community FM broadcast station, 2005Add to your cart.
Subjects are radio broadcasting, how to, and D.I.Y.
Folder 24: Portrait of the artist as a young trannie, 2002-2003Add to your cart.
Issue 2, 3, 4, 6. Subjects are lesbian/gay/bi/transgender, and personal.

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