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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: Pensacola community zine, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are Florida, and miscellaneous. Published in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 2: Harbinger, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are anti-capitalism, DIY, and political.
Folder 3: Untitled Native American rights zine, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are Native Americans, and civil rights.
Folder 4: Untitled women's rights zine, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is women's rights.
Folder 5: What's happening to the gay movement?, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is lesbian/gay/bi/transgender. Published in Gainesville, Florida.
Folder 6: What if?, 2002Add to your cart.
Subject is political.
Folder 7: What is happening to the women in Iran, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are women's rights, and Middle East.
Folder 8: What's so bad about capitalism?, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is anti-capitalism.
Folder 9: What the ladies have to say, 1999Add to your cart.
Subjects are women's studies, activism, and women's rights.
Folder 10: What we want: an anarcha-feminist perspective on feminism, 1998Add to your cart.
Subjects are feminism, and anarchism.
Folder 11: What your momma (or your doctor or your teacher or anybody) never told you about your period, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are menstrual health, and women's studies.
Folder 12: When love breaks down, 1998Add to your cart.
Issue 3, 4, 6, 7/7.5. Subjects are personal, romantic, and relationships. Issue 6 published in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 13: When myths fail, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are personal, travel, and political.
Folder 14: When their eyes are on you…, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are surveillance, counterintelligence, and how to.
Folder 15: White/black, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is literary.
Folder 16: A white persons reader on racism, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are racism, and political. Published in St Petersburg, Florida.
Folder 17: Whole world reads, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are literary, and zines.
Folder 18: Whose Chicano history did you learn?, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are history, Hispanic-Americans, and Caribbean & Latin America.
Folder 19: Why another war?, 2002Add to your cart.
Subjects are anti-war, and Middle East.
Folder 20: Why anti-authoritarian?, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is anti-authoritarian.
Folder 21: Why consensus rocks, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is organizing manuals.
Folder 22: Why freegan?, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are vegetarianism/veganism, food/drink, and political.
Folder 23: Why socialism?, 1995Add to your cart.
Subject is socialism.
Folder 24: Wild children, 2002Add to your cart.
Subject is personal.
Folder 25: Wild Florida defense membership, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are environmentalism, and Florida. Published in Florida.
Folder 26: Wild mountain times, 2001Add to your cart.
Subject is environmentalism.
Folder 27: Wilfull disobedience, n.d., 2001-2003Add to your cart.
Volume 2, Issue 6, 7; Volume 3, Issue 5; Volume 4, Issue 3-4. Subject is anarchism.
Folder 28: Willy nilly in your delicatessen, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 4. Subject is food/drink.

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