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Guide to the Lara Cohen Zine Collection, 1992-1996

Abstract

Lara Langer Cohen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She started collecting zines, including trading zines and corresponding with Sarah Dyer, in the early 1990s.

The collection consists of approximately 280 zine titles (some with multiple issues) collected by Cohen and several hundred pieces of correspondence addressed to her or to her zines, Runt and Oh Oh Cheri, dating from the 1990s. Acquired by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Cohen, Lara.
Title
Lara Cohen Zine collection 1992-1996
Language of Material
English
Extent
9 Linear Feet, 1000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of approximately 280 zine titles (some with multiple issues) collected by Cohen and several hundred pieces of correspondence addressed to her during the 1990s. The collection is arranged into two series: Zines and Correspondence. The zines have been divided into sub-series based on editorship by women, men, or both, and within each sub-series, alphabetized by title. The zines primarily focus on popular culture, opinion pieces, and music. Letters in the Correspondence Series are mostly addressed to "Lara" and "Runt," Cohen's zine, with standard mailing envelopes and self-made envelopes using re-purposed materials. The correspondence is arranged chronologically. Along with letters, the series includes postcards, greeting cards, flyers, photographs, and pamphlets. Most of the correspondence includes requests for zines or personal notes to Lara.

Acquired by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

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Contents of the Collection

Zines

(8 boxes)

The zines have been divided into sub-series based on editorship by women or men; zines are filed under women if they are co-edited and at least one editor is a woman. Within each sub-series, zines are alphabetized by title. Each folder contains an individual title with a range of issues included if known.

Absolute Beginners Club Social Handbook, Issue 1
Box 1
Action Girl Newsletter, Issues 2-9 and 12
Box 1
Action Teen, Issue 1
Box 1
Alien Girl
Box 1
Baby, I Dig You, Issue 1
Box 1
Banana Split (France), Issue 1
Box 1
Basement Idyll (Japan), Issue 1
Box 1
Busy Bea's Bush, Issue 3
Box 1
Canadian Penny, Issues 1-7, and 9 (split issue with Agent Lame)
Box 1
Catch That Beat! (Japan), Issue 7
Box 1
Chickfactor, Issues 2-12
Box 1
Coffee No Girl
Box 1
Curiosity in Stout Shoes, Issue 1
Box 1
Curmudgeon, Issues 2-3
Box 2
Dirty Plotte, Issue 4
Box 2
Double Whammy, Issue 2
Box 2
Fast Connection, Issues 1-4
Box 2
Flatter, Issue 2
Box 2
Frantzine, Issues 4-5
Box 2
Free to Fight!
Box 2
Girly Mag, Issues 1, 3-12
Box 2
Girly Magette (one and only)
Box 2
Gloomy Biscuit (France), Issue 2
Box 2
Graham Cracker Cereal, Issue 1
Box 2
Heaven Sent
Box 2
Hip Clown Rag, Issue 4
Box 2
Homocore NYC, Issue 4
Box 2
Honeysuckle, Issues 1-3
Box 2
I Wish I Was a Berrykin, Issue 3
Box 2
Kelp, Issues 4-5
Box 2
Kickstand, Issues 1 and 3
Box 2
Li'l Princess, Issue 2
Box 2
Linus Hates Me, Issue 2
Box 2
The Magazine of the Superdeformed World (Japan), Issue 2
Box 2
Meat Cake (comic), Issue 1
Box 2
Million Teddy Bears (Japan), Issue 1
Box 2
Mona, Issue 1-3
Box 2
Mudflap, Issues 5-6
Box 3
Nancy's Magazine
Box 3
Non-Stop Diatribe, Issue 1
Box 3
Off the Road
Box 3
Oh Oh Cheri, Issues 1-2
Box 3
Panophobia, Issues 2-5
Box 3
Pawholes, Issue 5
Box 3
Phonomania, Issue 3
Box 3
Pinto, Issues 5-6
Box 3
Popgirls, Issue 1
Box 3
Popka (mini-comic), Issue 1
Box 3
Power Toot, Issue 2
Box 3
Rabid, Issues 5-7
Box 3
Random Thoughts, Issues 2, 8-9
Box 3
Raspberry, Issues 3, 10
Box 3
Rollerderby, Issues 11-12
Box 3
Secret Weapon, Issue 3
Box 3
Septophilia catalog, Issue 2.5
Box 3
Sparkly Kitty Stickers, Issues 3-5
Box 3
Spelling, Issue 1
Box 3
Sprag, Issue 5
Box 3
Star Sign, Issue 3
Box 3
Stay Free, Issues 8, 10
Box 3
The Stomping Snooper
Box 3
Sugar Rocket
Box 3
Sunny Sundae Smile, Issue 3
Box 4
Superette, Issue 1
Box 4
Supergrowths (comic)
Box 4
Swing If You're Glad to Be Girlie, Issue 1
Box 4
Teenage Gang Debs, Issues 2-5
Box 4
Topsy Turvy Twister Rama, Issues 1-2
Box 4
Totally Fucked, Issues 1-4
Box 4
Verboslammed, Issues 7, 9
Box 4
William Wants a Doll, Issue 3
Box 4
Wind-Up Butter Cow
Box 4
Wind-Up Frozen Entree
Box 4
Wind-Up Industrial Burnoff
Box 4
Wind-Up State Souvenir Thimbles and Accoutrements
Box 4
Wind-Up Toaster Pastry
Box 4
Wind-Up Toy
Box 4
A=1/f^2, Issue 1
Box 4
A Modern World, Issues 1-4
Box 4
Adventure Playground, Issue 3
Box 4
Amish ways, Issue 3
Box 4
Andy Remembers (mini-comic)
Box 4
Bandits One to Five
Box 4
Beer Frame, Issues 2-4
Box 4
Big Muff
Box 4
Blaster, Issues 1-2, 4
Box 4
Bliss, Issues 1-2
Box 4
But the People Are Beautiful, Issue 1
Box 4
Caught in Flux, Issues 1-6
Box 5
Cheeseflower, Issue 1
Box 5
Chihuahua, Issues 6-8, 10
Box 5
Chivalry, Issues 1-2
Box 5
Chouette (Finland), Issue 1
Box 5
Clunker, Issues 1-2
Box 5
Circle, Issue 2
Box 5
Cool Beans!, Issue 3
Box 5
Dishwasher, Issue 11
Box 5
Duplex Planet, Issues 95-96, 100, 108, and special birthday issue for Simple Machines' Working Holiday series
Box 5
Emily's Hip Pocket, Issues 5-6
Box 5
Eyes To See You With Make Me Look Elsewhere (mini-comic)
Box 5
Fastidious Frog (mini-comic), Issue 1
Box 5
Fear and Loathing, Issue 33
Box 5
Feminist Baseball, Issues 13, 14, 14 1/4
Box 5
Fifteen
Box 5
For Paper Airplane Pilots, Issues 1-4
Box 5
Frolic, Issues 1-5
Box 5
Gourmandizer
Box 5
Heaven Sent, Issue 1
Box 5
Heinous, Issue 1
Box 6
Hey Nineteen, Issues 1-2
Box 6
Incite!, Issues 25-27
Box 6
Kids in the Club, Issue 1
Box 6
King-Kat Classix, Volumes 1-3
Box 6
King-Cat Comics, Issues 47, 49-50
Box 6
Kitty
Box 6
Liontamer
Box 6
Monk Mink Pink Punk, Issue 1
Box 6
Mos Eisley, Issue 3
Box 6
Nib Comics, Issue 2
Box 6
No Duh
Box 6
Noguchi's Hi-Fi
Box 6
Nothing Doing, Issue 1
Box 6
Objectified!, Issue 1
Box 6
Open Your Eyes, Issue 2
Box 6
Pamfletti
Box 6
Panegyric, Issue 2
Box 6
Paradiso
Box 6
Phew! Wow!, Issue 2
Box 6
Positively Teenage(accompanies cassette compilation)
Box 6
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
Box 6
Runaway Balloon, Issue 1
Box 6
Sarah newsletter, Issue 8
Box 6
Sarah obituary
Box 6
Scrape, Issue 10
Box 6
Science Geek, Issues 1-2
Box 6
Secret Monkey Digest
Box 6
Shinkansen newsletter, Issue 1
Box 6
Sof' Boy (mini-comic), Issue 2
Box 6
Soft White Underbelly, Issue 3
Box 6
Some Hope and Some Despair, Issue 1
Box 6
Spam, Issue 2
Box 6
Sparky, Issue 2
Box 6
Speed Kills, Issue 2
Box 6
Spit and a Half (catalog), Issues 8-9, 12-13
Box 6
Splashdown, Issue 2
Box 7
Stop Messin' About
Box 7
Sturgeon, Issue 2
Box 7
Sweet Portable You, Issue 76
Box 7
Take a Day, Issue 1
Box 7
This Almight Pop, Issues 1-4
Box 7
This Old Zine, Issues 1-3
Box 7
Thrill!, Issues 8-15, 17
Box 7
Tiger Lily
Box 7
Trick Hips, Issue 2
Box 7
Two Pint Take Home!, Issue 1
Box 7
[Untitled] by Clint Barnes
Box 7
Waaaaaa!, Issue 3
Box 7
What Did You Say?, Issue 1
Box 7
Whatever, Issue 2
Box 7
White Bread, Issues 9-10
Box 7
White Bread/Satanic Toasters split issue
Box 7
Who Cares?, Issues 4 and 6
Box 7
Wig Out, Issue 21
Box 7
Wiggly Worms (comic)
Box 7
Winky's Comics and Stories, Issues 1 and 3
Box 7
Woolly Bugger, Issues 1-2
Box 7
Woosh, Issues 2-3
Box 7
Writer's Block, Issues 7-8
Box 7
Yakuza, Issues 1-6, and mail order catalog
Box 7
Yeast Hoist (mini-comic)
Box 7
You Can't Be Loved Forever, Issue 2
Box 7
After Hours
Box 8
An Introductory Mechanics Guide To Putting Out Records, Cassettes, and CDs
Box 8
Autumn Smoke
Box 8
Salive Blanquet
Box 8
Soda for Girls, Issue 1
Box 8
Program for Yoyo A GoGo, 1994
Box 8

Correspondence is arranged by month and year ranging between 1992-1996. Most material remains in its original envelope to preserve its context and original order. Items with no discernible "month" are foldered at the end of each year. Undated items are foldered at the end of the series. Series includes letters addressed to Lara Cohen or "Runt," her zine, as well as greeting cards, postcards, and photographs. There is also one folder of miscellaneous materials.

1992, October to 1993, July
Box 9
1993, August to 1993, no month
Box 10
1994, January to 1994, April
Box 11
1994, May to 1994, August
Box 12
1994, August to 1995, May
Box 13
1995, June to 1996 (including undated items)
Box 14
Miscellaneous materials
Box 14

Historical Note

Lara Langer Cohen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She started collecting zines, including trading zines and corresponding with Sarah Dyer, in the early 1990s.

Subject Headings

Related Material

Related Material

Other zine collections held by the Sallie Bingham Center include: the Sarah Maitland Zine Collection, the Arielle Greenberg Zine Collection, the Sarah Wood Zine Collection, and the Sarah Dyer Zine Collection.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lara Cohen Zine Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Lara Cohen Zine Collection were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Amber Covington, December 2011

Encoded by Amber Covington and Meghan Lyon, December 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2011-0190

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.