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10,000 zines and counting: a library's quest to save the history of fandom | The Verge - Morgan Dawn Livejournal:The Here And Now
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10,000 zines and counting: a library's quest to save the history of fandom | The Verge
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1FqBYAQ at September 05, 2015 at 11:38PM

10,000 zines and counting: a library's quest to save the history of fandom | The Verge:

The Hevelin project is digitizing science fiction fanzines from the 1930s to the 1950s (”the rise of zines and the Golden Age of science fiction”) .

I don’ t know if they are still looking for volunteers to help with the indexing, but they have a tumblr FAQ 

 “Fanzines feel almost designed to resist archival. “Creators were working with what they had, often within pretty tight budgets, and producing fantastic images with relatively cheap materials,” Hampton tells The Verge. Many of Hevelin’s zines were hectographed — copied by pressing paper to an inked gelatin pad. The medium produced brilliant purples and blues that can still be seen in some of the illustrations. But it favored cheap, highly acidic paper, and images could fade within hours under direct light. “There are rusty staples, tape — all these material things that make a fanzine a fanzine are also what make them difficult to preserve.” Each zine is photographed page by page as quickly as possible, supported by a specially designed cradle, until it can go back in storage.“

Tags:science fiction fanzines, fanzines, digital preservation, DWCrosspost
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