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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 51Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Winning the class war, 1991Add to your cart.
Subjects are class war, anarchism, and direct action.
Folder 2: Winter, 2000Add to your cart.
Subjects are personal, literary, and photography.
Folder 3: With open hands, 1995Add to your cart.
Subjects are relationships, and sociology.
Folder 4: Without government, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subject is anarchism.
Folder 5: With passion, with children, 2000Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subject is personal.
Folder 6: Women and abortion, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are reproductive rights, abortion, and women's studies.
Folder 7: Women & imprisonment in the United States, 1995Add to your cart.
Subjects are prisons, and women's studies.
Folder 8: Women in the Spanish Revolution, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are women's studies, and history.
Folder 9: Women's history information project: Lucy Parsons, woman of will, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are women's studies, biography, and history.
Folder 10: Women's self defense, 2003Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are feminist, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.
Folder 11: Women talking about sexism and oppression in the anti-globalization movement, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are sexism, oppression, and anti-globalization.
Folder 12: Word salad, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 2. Subjects are personal, mental health, and literary.
Folder 13: Work bahlurk, 2000Add to your cart.
Subject is comics. Published in Largo, Florida.
Folder 14: Workers' rights versus the secret police, 1981Add to your cart.
Subjects are workers' rights, oppression, and legal.
Folder 15: Workers solidarity, 2003Add to your cart.
Issue 75. Subjects are anarchism, workers' rights, and direct action.
Folder 16: The working class & the transformation of learning, 2000Add to your cart.
Subjects are education, socialism, and anti-capitalism.
Folder 17: Working sucks, 1997Add to your cart.
Subject is work.
Folder 18: World Bank bonds boycott, 2002Add to your cart.
Subjects are economics, and organizing manuals.
Folder 19: World domination through disco dancing, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 7, 10. Subject is miscellaneous. Published in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 20: World domination through dumpster diving, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 15, 16. Subject is miscellaneous. Published in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 21: The world is broken, 2001Add to your cart.
Issue 5. Subjects are personal, and travel.
Folder 22: The World Trade Organization and the prison industrial complex, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are prisons, and anti-globalization.
Folder 23: World wide opportunities on organic farms, USA (WWOOF-USA) directory of farms, 2004Add to your cart.
Subjects are agriculture, environmentalism, and work.
Folder 24: Writings of the Vancouver Five, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are political, and legal.
Folder 25: Written in ashes, n.d.Add to your cart.
Issue 1. Subjects are personal, and literary. Published in Pensacola, Florida.
Folder 26: The written part, n.d.Add to your cart.
Subjects are prisons, and political.

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