The James L. "Rusty" Hevelin Collection contains over 10,000 SF, Fantasy, and Horror fanzines collected by Rusty Hevelin, famous science fiction fan, collector, dealer, and zine editor. Currently being digitized by the University of Iowa Libraries, the fanzines are available for volunteer transcription through the DIY History participatory archives platform, and are also accessible in the Iowa Digital Library. As work is completed, more scans will be added to the existing online collections. The Hevelin tumblr contains news about the collection and information on selected items.
The term “zine” (derived from the word “fanzine”) refers generally to a small, informal, non-commercial publication. By their very nature, zines are hard to define exactly, but distinguishing common characteristics of zines include a small circulation (sometimes via subscription, but often distributed informally among interested parties) and a raison d’etre that stresses free expression over profit. With the exception of late 19th century amateur press hobbyists, zines entered the cultural milieu as a specific and noticeable phenomenon in the 1930s, when the emerging science fiction fan community started creating “fanzines” as forums for their own stories and opinions on published SF writing and films.
- Retyping the Future’s Past, Slate, Oct. 16, 2017
- Dispatches From the Future’s Past, Slate, Sept. 22, 2015
- 10,000 zines and counting: a library's quest to save the history of fandom, The Verge, Sept. 4, 2015
- The University of Iowa Brings Fanzines To The Digital World, i09, July 25, 2015
- New Project to Digitize 10,000 Sci-Fi Zines, Hyperallergic, Nov. 11, 2014
About this project
DIY History lets you do it yourself to help make historic artifacts easier to use. Our digital library holds hundreds of thousands of items -- much more than library staff could ever catalog alone, so we're appealing to the public to help out by attaching text in the form of transcriptions.