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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 41Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Secret weapon 3, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 3. Subject is lesbian/gay/bi/transgender.
Folder 2: Security culture, 1999Add to your cart.
Subjects are direct action, and organizing manuals.
Folder 3: Seedhead, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 3, 6. Subjects are how to, and DIY.
Folder 4: Seeds from Palestine, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are Palestinian rights, and Middle East.
Folder 5: Set their yards on fire and give them dirty looks, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is personal. Published in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 6: Setting fires with electrical timers, 2001Add to your cart.
Subjects are direct action, environmentalism, and how to.
Folder 7: Seven inches to freedom, n.d., 2007, 2009Add to your cart.
Issue 4, 5, 7. Subject is punk rock.
Folder 8: Seventeen street stencils, 2000Add to your cart.
Subject is street art.
Folder 9: Sewing is easy, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are sewing, DIY, and how to.
Folder 10: Sex capade, 2002Add to your cart.
Issie 1. Subjects are fiction, and sex/sexuality.
Folder 11: Sex, death & Ronald MacDonald, 2002Add to your cart.
Volume 3, Issue 21, 22. Subjects are poetry, and fiction.
Folder 12: Shakespeare's sister, 2002Add to your cart.
Subject is art.
Folder 13: Shhhhhh…, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are anarchism, environmentalism, and direct action.
Folder 14: Shifting direction: from global dependence to local interdependence, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are geography, and sociology.
Folder 15: Shinin' the lite on white privilege, 1998Add to your cart.
Subject is race.
Folder 16: Ship of fools, 1999Add to your cart.
Subjects are fiction, and political.
Folder 17: Shipwrecked, 2003Add to your cart.
Subjects are literary, and political.
Folder 18: Shortandqueer, 2006-2007Add to your cart.
Issue 6, 8. Subjects are lesbian/gay/bi/transgender, gender, and personal.
Folder 19: Short story, 2006-2007Add to your cart.
Subjects are fiction, and literary. Published in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 20: Shoulda seen it coming, 2005Add to your cart.
Subjects are lesbian/gay/bi/transgender, health, and personal.
Folder 21: Shovel, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subject is personal.
Folder 22: Showdown in Desire, 2003Add to your cart.
Subjects are African-American studies, civil rights, and history.
Folder 23: Shimmy, 2002Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subject is literary.

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