About the Long Haul Zine Archive
By our calculations, the Long Haul has about 15,000 (!) zines in its archive. They are kept in magazine boxes on shelves lining one of the walls of our space. We have seen some as old as from the 60s, but most are from the 90's and 00's. They are loosely organized alphabetically.
About the Catalog Project
Our goal with the catalog project is to create a searchable catalog with a record for each zine, with information about its title, author/ publisher, date, location, list of subjects, and volume/issue number. We are slowly working our way through all the zines alphabetically, so in the catalog so far you'll find zines from the beginning of the alphabet, with more added consistently. Ideally this catalog will help to make our zines accessible to interested parties that might include: anarchists and various social antagonists, zinesters, enthusiasts, independent media, and beyond.
We’re also attempting to reorganize our zines by subject, because we want to prioritize making our archive browsable, and we figure that it might be harder to come across something you like when they’re organized alphabetically. We realize that we can’t effectively capture what many zines are about with one subject heading, but we can enter multiple subjects for each zine in the catalog record which hopefully will make up for it. The list of subject headings we use for organizing our zines is a modified version of the Anchor Zine Archive’s (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) box category subjects, and is of course up for debate and input.
How you can plug in
The bulk of the work of this project involves looking through every zine in our collection, deciding what subject to put each zine in, and creating records for each zine in our catalog.A
We try to meet at the Long Haul every Tuesday 6-8pm to work on the Zine Archive. If you want to come another time, email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time. Once you learn our process, you can come any time the Long Haul is open to work on it!
Any comments, questions, or ideas please email to email@example.com as well.
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