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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 42Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Show me the money!, 2001-2002Add to your cart.
Issue 10, 11, 12. Subjects are economics, and unionism.
Folder 2: Show me the money!, 2008-2009Add to your cart.
Issue 27, 28, 29, 30. Subjects are economics, and unionism.
Folder 3: Shutdown, 2000Add to your cart.
Issue 5. Subject is personal.
Folder 4: Powdered apples/Shuttle bus, 1999Add to your cart.
Split zine between Powdered apples and Shuttle bus. Issue 3. Subject is comics.
Folder 5: Sick kid, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are personal, and health.
Folder 6: Sinister spidder, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is comics.
Folder 7: Sin linea, 2003Add to your cart.
Volume 1, Issue 2. Subjects are anarchism, and Caribbean & Latin American.
Folder 8: Sisters of spirit, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are personal, childhood, and literary.
Folder 9: Si un agente llama a su puerta, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are political intelligence, legal, and civil rights.
Folder 10: Six days, seven nights with John Denver's Airplane, 2005Add to your cart.
Subjects are punk rock, and travel.
Folder 11: Sixty-seven boyfriends, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are comics, personal, and relationships.
Folder 12: 614 BMXzineAdd to your cart.
Issue 5. Subjects are bikes, and sports.
Folder 13: Skank & destroy, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 13. Subjects are punk rock, and review.
Folder 14: Skool resistance, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are education, and anti-school. Published in Clearwater, Florida.
Folder 15: Sleepless, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Slow death, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 10. Subjects are music, review, and miscellaneous.
Folder 17: Small communal experiments & why they fail, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is anarchism.
Folder 18: Smart meme, 2003Add to your cart.
Subjects are environmentalism, and organizing manuals.
Folder 19: Smash action, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 3. Subjects are political, art, and comics.

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