Inventory of the Lara Cohen Zine Collection, 1992-1996
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.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- Cohen, Lara.
- Lara Cohen Zine Collection, 1992-1996
- Language of Material
- 9 Linear Feet, 1000 Items
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
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.
Collection is open for research.
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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.
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.
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.
- Cohen, Lara, collector.
- Comic books, strips, etc.
- Young women--Social life and customs.
- Periodicals--Publishing--United States.
- Women's periodicals, American.
- Women poets.
- Sexual orientation.
- Feminism--United States.
- Politics, Practical--United States.
- Interpersonal relationships.
- Abused women.
- Fan magazines.
- Underground press publications.
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.
[Identification of item], Lara Cohen Zine Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Lara Cohen Zine Collection were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2011.
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.