GeoCities Rescue Project

GeoCities, a web hosting site founded in the mid-1990s which gave free home pages to its users, closed its doors on October 26, 2009, and took down all its sites. Many fans used the site; therefore fandom lost many early archives and resource sites when GeoCities closed.

If you were the owner of a fanfiction archive or resource, meta, or other fannish page on GeoCities and you do not have another hosting alternative, we can help! Open Doors is teaming up with the Archive of Our Own and Fanlore to preserve as much material as possible.

Fanfiction: We’re offering AO3 accounts to fanfiction archives (both single author and multiple author archives are welcome) so that you may archive your fiction. (If you are not the owner or site administrator, you can still document and memorialize the site on Fanlore. Contact Open Doors for more information.)

Resource sites: If you are the owner of a resource site, we recommend a page in Fanlore with a summary of the information and purpose of the site along with screencaps of the entry page (to convey the feeling of the site) and key information. We have volunteers who can help you set up a Fanlore page documenting both the content and feel of your GeoCities page. (Even non-owners of a resource site can document and memorialize the site on Fanlore. Contact Open Doors for more information)

If you’re interested in either archiving fic or preserving a resource site, contact us. Please include the URL of the site you wish to archive/preserve, and an e-mail address. If you are the administrator of a multi-author site, please include e-mail addresses for each hosted author (if possible.)

GeoCities Rescue Pages include:

Chains

Boys in Chains, a multi-fandom archive for both fiction and art, with a focus on stories about emotional bonds between people of different ranks or status, is moving in with the Archive of Our Own (AO3). And to reflect its openness to femslash, het, and gen, its name will be changing to Chains: The Powerfic Archive.

For more information about the 2014 move to the AO3, please see the announcement post. The move was completed in July 2015.

Read (or edit!) the Boys in Chains page on Fanlore

Yuletide

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.

Read (or edit!) the Yuletide article on Fanlore.

GSSU (German Speaking Slashers United)

Deutsch:
Diese Sammlung enthält Geschichten des GSSU Archivs. Das Archiv wurde im Jahre 2000 als Ergänzung zur Querstrich Mailingliste erstellt, es wurde Ende 2012 geschlossen. Um diesen Teil der Geschichte des deutschsprachigen Fandoms zu erhalten, wurde das GSSU Archiv ins Archive of Our Own mit Hilfe des Open Doors Projektes importiert.

Lies (oder bearbeite!) die GSSU-Archivseite auf Fanlore.

English:
This collection contains stories originally located at the GSSU archive. The archive was created in 2000 to complement the Querstrich mailing list, it closed at the end of 2012. To preserve this part of German-speaking fandom’s history, the GSSU archive was imported to the Archive of Our Own through the Open Doors Project.

Read (or edit!) the GSSU archive page on Fanlore

The Foresmutters Project

The Foresmutters Project was 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.

Visit the original mirror for the archive, or read (or edit!) the Foresmutters Project article on Fanlore.

Brian Knapp Collection

This is a large collection of classic zines from the 1970s and early 1980s. It includes such titles as The Green Dome (The Prisoner), Locus, Menagerie, Spockanalia, Future Wings, The Goddess Uhura, and the Kraith Collected Volumes 1-6. Other notable items include Sing A Song of Trekkin (A Fun-Filled Folio of 20 Trekker “Filk” Songs), and several years’ worth of annuals from the J.D.I.F.C. (James Doohan International Fan Club), as well as souvenir programs from I-Con, Arisia, MiniTrekCon, Creation Con ’79, and New York Star Trek ’76.

Finding Aid

Susan Hill Collection

Susan Hill’s collection encompasses a number of British-made Blake’s 7 zines and letterzines, as well as a few from other fandoms and some multimedia zines from the 1990s. The collection also features programs and other con materials from MediaWest and InConJunction, as well as a copy of “The Professional’s Drinking Game.”

Finding Aid

Organization for Transformative Works Fanzine and Fan Fiction Collection

The general OTW collection includes a wide variety of analog fanworks. Materials in this collection have been donated by numerous fans, some of whom wish to remain anonymous.

  • UMF: The ‘Zine for the Creative Duranie was a zine dedicated to Duran Duran fanfiction. It ran for ten issues, from 1993 – 1998. We currently hold issues 3, 5, and 6.
  • Collection of mostly Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and Quantum Leap zines, as well as miscellaneous MacGyver, Rat Patrol, and zines about various TV westerns.
  • Collection of multifandom (e.g. Storm Signs, Wounded Heroes), Quantum Leap (incl. various issues of The Angel and the Dreamer, Quantum Instability, and others), Sentinel, and Due South zines.
  • Collection of zines in a number of fandoms including: Alias Smith & Jones, Blake’s 7, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Highlander, The Sentinel, and multimedia.
  • Collection of zines in a number of fandoms including The Real Ghostbusters and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., as well as several multimedia anthologies.
  • Collection of Simon and Simon letterzines and fiction zines in various fandoms; these zines originally came from the collection of Alison Wilson, who was involved in many fandoms until her death in the late 1990s. An avid fan and fanfiction writer, she was cited in Textual Poachers by Henry Jenkins.
  • Collection of The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Blake’s 7 zines donated by Joanna Lowenstein in memory of Beth Kiedrowicz, media fan and regular attendee of WisCon. These zines originally come from Beth’s collection.

Finding Aid