Fan Culture Preservation Project and the University of Iowa

The Fan Culture Preservation Project began in 2009 as a partnership between the OTW and the Special Collections department at the University of Iowa Libraries.

The first major donation brokered by OTW was the Fanzine Archives, a collection of over 3,000 classic zines — more than 62 boxes! — previously housed in Santa Barbara, CA. The OTW was able to help the retiring archivist, Ming Wathne, save and protect this valuable collection, which is now cataloged in a finding aid on the library website. Since that time, we have helped many other longtime fans donate their collections to the library.

See a list of collections donated to the University of Iowa through the FCPP below, or visit the University of Iowa Libraries’ Fandom-Related Collections. Please note that this is a partial list, and additional donations continue to be added to the Organization for Transformative Works Fanzine and Fan Fiction Collection.

The OTW continues to work with the University of Iowa Libraries by facilitating the donation of zines and other fannish artifacts to the Iowa collections.

2013/02/01Marian Mendez Blake’s 7 Fanzines CollectionAssorted print materials, primarily fanzines, from the Blake’s 7 fandom. Finding Aid2013-02-01 14:41:03
2012/07/01Deidre Johnson Media Fandom Materials CollectionBooks, magazines, fanzines, comic books, catalogs, clippings, scripts, and merchandise primarily from the television series Battlestar Galactica. Finding Aid2012-07-01 14:40:53
2010/10/01Laura Leach Collection of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Fanzines and Related MaterialsThis is a large collection of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. fanzines dating from 1964-2006. It also includes some multifandom and crossover zines and episode scripts. Finding Aid2010-10-01 06:00:00
2010/09/01Morgan Dawn Fanzine and Fanvid CollectionThis collection includes material from a wide variety of fandoms dating from 1976-present, including several one-of-a-kind “custom zines,” DVDs of vids, and convention materials. Finding Aid2010-09-01 06:00:00
2010/09/01Morgan Dawn “The Professionals” Circuit Library and Fanzine CollectionThe Professionals Circuit Library and Fanzine Collection, a collection of Professionals fanfiction that was distributed through private networks in the 1980s and 1990s. Finding Aid2010-09-01 06:00:00
2009/12/01Debbie Hoover CollectionTwenty-three large boxes — almost 1,500 zines — dating from the late 1970s to present. Includes Star Trek, Star Wars, various cop shows, Stargate, The X-Files, and Robin Hood. Finding Aid2009-12-01 06:00:00
2009/10/01Watchers of CIS Collection of Highlander Fan MaterialsThis Highlander: The Series collection features print masters and copies of The Prize, a newsletter produced by the fan group Watchers of CIS. There are also publicity materials, merchandise catalogs, news clippings and other fan artifacts related to Highlander. Finding Aid2009-10-01 06:00:00
2009/09/01Brian Knapp CollectionThis 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 Aid2009-09-01 06:00:00
2009/08/01Susan Hill CollectionSusan 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 Professionals Drinking Game.” Finding Aid2009-08-01 06:00:00
2009/07/01Celeste Hotaling-Lyons CollectionA collection of hundreds of zines from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, featuring fandoms such as Blake’s 7, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Max Headroom, and Forever Knight. Finding Aid2009-07-01 06:00:00
2009/07/01Organization for Transformative Works Fanzine and Fan Fiction CollectionThe 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 others. Collection of zines in a number of fandoms including The …2009-07-01 06:00:00
2009/04/01Mariellen (Ming) Wathne Fanzine Archive CollectionThe Fanzine Archive Collection contains thousands of fanzines focused on Star Wars that were originally collected by Lucasfilm Ltd., producer of the Star Wars series. This collection was offered back to fans in the 1990s, and a California fan named Mariellen Wathne accepted it and began a lending library to distribute zines among fans. In addition to Star Wars fanzines, there are also many fanzines related to Star Trek, including some of the most important early pieces. (A fund in memory of Ming Wathne has been created at Iowa to support this collection. See this post for more details.) Finding Aid2009-04-01 05:00:00