Special Collections Gallery
The Open Doors Special Collections Gallery links to rescued archives and challenges hosted at the Archive of Our Own, as well as to digital projects which cannot currently be integrated into the Archive or Fanlore. These include .pdfs, multimedia fanworks, historically important fan sites, and other digital artifacts. While some of these fanworks may later be integrated into the Archive or Fanlore, others which have a particular historical significance or are structurally difficult to integrate may continue to be preserved as "special collections."
|Title||Date archived||Collection Tags||Body|
|The Good Omens Library||28 May 2014||Special Collections, archive, fanfiction, poetry, essays, Good Omens||
The Good Omens Library: A Nice and Accurate Stories Archive, first opened in 2005 as a hub for Good Omens fanfiction. After eight years, decreased funds and usership nearly closed the archive for good. To preserve its works and allow the collection to continue to grow, it was imported into a new AO3 collection in 2013.
|Yuletide||25 May 2014||Special Collections, archive, fanfiction, multifandom||
Yuletide is a popular annual rare-fandoms gift exchange fan fiction challenge, encompassing gen, het, femslash, and slash. The idea of Yuletide is to provide fiction for people who may never have seen any stories for a source they love, or have seen so few that they're starving for them.
Importing the Yuletide Archive to the Archive Of Our Own had been planned for a number of years. While the challenge has been operating on the AO3 since 2009, it was not until May 2014 that we were able to actually move the original archive for the years 2003 to 2008.
|852 Prospect||24 April 2014||Special Collections, archive, fanfiction, The Sentinel||
852 Prospect: The Sentinel Adult Fiction Archive contains fan-written fiction set around the TV show The Sentinel. 852 Prospect is open to new stories that adhere to the original archive guidelines.
Open Doors opened the collection to submissions by original authors on 29 January 2013, and an automated import brought in over 4700 remaining works on 10 May 2013.
|Smallville Slash Archive||24 April 2014||Special Collections, archive, fanfiction, Smallville||
The first episode of Smallville aired on October 16, 2001, and people began writing fanfiction, including slash, immediately. Livia designed the look of the archive, Naomi provided the scripts that allow people to archive their own stories, Calysta Rose set up and installed them, and Minotaur generously hosted the archive at slashdom.net. The Smallville Slash Archive went live on October 20, 2001.
With Minotaur's passing in 2009, the archive's continued existence and maintenance became problematical. In an effort to preserve the thousands of stories in the SSA, the archive was imported to the AO3 through the Open Doors Project : Smallville Slash Archive.
|GSSU (German Speaking Slashers United)||24 April 2014||Special Collections, fanfiction, archive, multifandom||
|The Foresmutters Project||05 August 2010||Special Collections, Star Trek, fanfiction, archive, bibliography, multifandom, website||
The Foresmutters Project is the first test case for the Open Doors project. Foresmutters is a bibliography and collection of stories from the very earliest days of recorded slash, principally Kirk/Spock from the mid-1970s. It's a tremendously valuable resource for the K/S fandom, which is still active today, and for historians of fanworks. We are hoping to grow this collection. If you or someone you know wrote K/S in the 1970s or 1980s, please contact us; we can find someone to help you transcribe or scan your fiction.
|Kista (1986) and Demeter (1987): two novels by Jane Land||05 August 2010||Special Collections, Star Trek, pdf, fanfiction||
Kista (1986; 267 pages; click to save zipped .pdf, 87.1 MB) was described by author Jane Land as "an attempt to rescue one of Star Trek's female characters from an artificially-imposed case of foolishness." In it, Chapel still loves Spock, but their developing romance is allowed to be complex, with Chapel being more of a rounded person (as well a doctor!) than she was allowed to be onscreen.
Demeter (1987; 305 pages; click to save zipped .pdf, 101.5 MB) is a sequel to Kista. As Henry Jenkins and John Tulloch wrote in Science fiction audiences: watching Doctor Who and Star Trek, "Demeter places [Spock and Chapel's] relationship within a larger social context, dealing more directly with how women are treated within the Federation." The plot "concerns the threat a group of intergalactic drug-runners pose to Demeter, a feminist space colony, a world where women have lived without any contact with men for several generations." Uhura also plays a large role in this novel, commanding the all-female mission to Demeter; Robin Reid argues that this novel is important "within the context of second wave feminism, specifically: the creation of the 1970s feminist utopias (which often featured a lesbian separatist culture, sometimes though not always on a separate planet!)" (Reid, "'A Room of Our Own:' Women Writing Women in Fan and Slash Fiction," ICFA 2009).
Our thanks to Dr. Robin Reid for organizing the preservation of these works.
|Missed the Saturday Dance||05 August 2010||Stargate Atlantis, Special Collections, website, multimedia||
Missed the Saturday Dance, by Zoetrope, is a multimedia World War II Stargate: Atlantis AU (Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, NC-17). It has won many awards and is a fan favorite for its worldbuilding and seamless integration of art, audio, video, and story elements.