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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 37Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Public citizen's pocket trade lawyer, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are economics, and legal.
Folder 2: Publik enema, 2001Add to your cart.
Issue 17. Subjects are personal, travel, and miscellaneous.
Folder 3: Puerto Rico independence is a necessity, 1998Add to your cart.
Subjects are Caribbean & Latin American, and anti-colonialism.
Folder 4: Pulling the plug on the sanitary protection industry, 1995Add to your cart.
Subject is menstrual health.
Folder 5: Punkanut, 2000Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are personal, and travel.
Folder 6: Punks before profits, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 12. Subject is punk rock.
Folder 7: Even more amazing adventures of Pussboy and the urban trans revolution, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 4. Subjects are lesbian/gay/bi/transgender, personal, and gender.
Folder 8: Put the "yo" back into grass roots, 2000Add to your cart.
Subject is poetry.
Folder 9: Querencia, 2004Add to your cart.
Issue 8. Subjects are personal, romance, and relationships.
Folder 10: The quest for the spiritual, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are religion, and anarchism.
Folder 11: Question authority, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are vegetarianism/veganism, and animal rights.
Folder 12: Questions and answers about anarchism, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is anarchism.
Folder 13: Questions and answers about anarchy, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is anarchism.
Folder 14: A quick guide to testicular self-examination, 2001Add to your cart.
Subjects are health, and how to.
Folder 15: Quiet rumours, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are anarchism, and feminism.
Folder 16: RACE: Revolutionary anti-authoritarians of color, 2001Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are racism, anti-authoritarian, and anti-capitalism.
Folder 17: Race treason behind prison lines, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are prisons, and race.
Folder 18: Racial profiling survival kit, 1999Add to your cart.
Subjects are civil rights, and racism.
Folder 19: Racism as defense against self hate, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are racism, and psychology.
Folder 20: Racket J. Raccoon in ringtail revenge, 1991Add to your cart.
Subject is comics.
Folder 21: Radical anthropology 101, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are anthropology, and anarchism.
Folder 22: Radical cheerbook, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are protests, anarchism, and direct action.
Folder 23: Radical defense, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are protests, direct action, and organizing manuals.
Folder 24: Radical psychiatry and movement groups, 2003Add to your cart.
Subjects are anti-authoritarian, and psychology.
Folder 25: Radical south, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is reference.
Folder 26: Radical student union, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are education, and anti-school. Published in Pensacola, Florida.

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