Scope and Contents
Title: The Claremont Colleges Special Collections Zines Collection
Collection number: H.Mss.1104
Davenport, William, 1960-
Friedman, R. Seth
2 Linear Feet
2 record boxes and 1 oversized folder.
Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont, CA 91711
collection contains zines created in California between 1980 and 2014. Represented
titles include Baitline, Cholo, Dum Dum Zine, Hot Bottoms!, Night Voices, Queer Zine
Explosion, and Unsound. The collection also contains correspondence and ephemera
relating to the later years of the zine review magazine, Factsheet Five.
Physical Location: Please consult repository.
Language of Material: Languages
represented in the collection: English and Chinese.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection open for research.
Condiations Governing Use
All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing
to Special Collections.
[Identification of item], The Claremont Colleges Special Collections Zines Collection
(H.Mss.1104). Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, California.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Johnson Rare Books & Archives, 2018.
Additions to the collection are anticipated.
Biographical / Historical
This collection represents an ongoing effort to preserve zines created in California.
The initial materials were purchased from Johnson Rare Books & Archives in
Processed in 2019 by library assistant Myles Mikulic, in the Special Collections
branch of the Honnold Mudd Library with assistance from Sara Chetney and Lisa Crane.
Materials have been stored in acid free folders and placed in record boxes. Folders
have been organized alphabetically by zine title followed by subject. Unopened
letters relating to Factsheet Five have been opened and arranged alphabetically by
sender. Uncashed personal checks for Factsheet Five subscriptions have been removed
and destroyed. Match heads from matchbooks included in Dum Dum Zine issue 3 have
been removed and destroyed. A lollipop also included in Dum Dum has been removed and
the wrapping placed in a mylar sleeve.
Scope and Contents
The collection contains zines and related materials created in California from 1980
to 2014. The majority are small circulation titles, many photomechanically
reproduced. They mostly cover topics underrepresented in mainstream commercial
culture, including Latin American subcultures, LGBT+ issues, and underground
While the collection does not contain issues of the magazine Factsheet Five, it does
contain correspondence and related materials collected by its final publisher, R.
Seth Friedman. The correspondence includes business letters, subscriptions,
information from publishers, and letters from zine creators and readers. Several
letters are addressed from prisons (Factsheet Five was initially sent for free to
prison inmates). The Factsheet Five materials also include miscellaneous broadsides,
photographs, artist information, posters promoting poetry at Boise State University,
ephemera, and how-to guides about publishing.
The collection has been organized alphabetically by zine title.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library’s online public access catalog.
Sexuality & culture
Genre and Form of Materials