Sophia Smith Collection zines collection
Scope and Contents
The collection is comprised primarily of individual issues, although there are longer runs for some titles and multiple titles for some authors. Most of the zines date from the 1990s, some of which were used in the book, A Girl's Guide to Taking Over the World, edited by Karen Green and Tristan Taormino (NY: St. Martin's, 1997).
In 2019, the Sophia Smith Collection bought a number of zines to add to the collection, including zines on community self care, latinx motherhood and art, first nations' rights, and black punk music.
- Majority of material found within 1991-1999
- Taormino, Tristan (Collector, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
The creator of at least one item in this collection, Shark Week by Janice Quiles-Reyes has explicitly requested in the zine that it not be scanned and placed on the Internet. Users of this collection should consult individual zines for similar requests by other creators.
For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
20 boxes (9.75 linear feet)
Language of Materials
Other Finding Aids
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Additional zines have been purchased for the collection by the curator of the Sophia Smith Collection.
In 2004-2005, zines that were originally part of the Tinúviel papers were added to this collection. In 2006, two individual zine collections were formally combined and processed as the "Girl Zines collection" by Burd B. Schlessinger and Indigo M. Pfaff-Powers.
Smaller quantities of zines from various sources have been periodically added to the collection since that time, including individual collectors, creators, and a "Zines Library" previously housed in the Smith College Campus Center.
Starting in 2017, the curator for the Sophia Smith Collection has added titles to the collection to intentionally expand and diversify its content.
In 2018, the collection was renamed from "Girl Zines collection" to "Sophia Smith Collection zines collection" in order to more accurately reflect its origins and content.
- African American women
- Hispanic American women -- Social conditions
- Indigenous women -- North America
- Lesbian feminism
- Little magazines
- Self-published magazines
- Teenage girls in popular culture
- Women -- Sexual behavior -- Literary collections
- Women authors, American -- 20th century
- Young women -- Social life and customs -- United States
- Young women -- United States -- Literary collections
- Finding aid to the Sophia Smith Collection zines collection
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Burd B. Schlessinger and Indigo M. Pfaff-Powers (2005), and Madison White (2019)
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2017-07-26T17:48:17-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2018-03-23: Collection renamed, description edited to clarify its history and provenance
- 2018-10-09: Added new zine titles
- 2019-04-25: Made paper FA pencil edit changes.
- 2019-10-07: Added new accessions
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
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