Guide to the Sarah Dyer Zine Collection, 1985-2005
Approximately 2000 individual zines and nearly 800 titles, most self-published by women and girls 1985-2000. Most were produced in the United States, a few come from Canada and other countries. In-house database with subject access available. Subjects include feminism, riot grrrl, body image and consciousness, sexual abuse, music, mental illness, film, poetry, rock and punk music, comics, violence against women, sexual identity, homosexuality and bisexuality, and erotica. The collection includes four audiocassette tapes and one VHS tape. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.
Addition #1 (2002-0319) contains approximately 150 titles.
Addition #2 (2006-0068) contains approximately 150 titles and are separated into two groups: those authored by women and those authored by men.
Addition #3 (2008-0030) contains approximately 175 titles and one VHS tape.
- Collection Number
- Sarah Dyer Zine collection
- Dyer, Sarah
- 18.3 Linear Feet, 2050 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. There may be a 48-hour delay in obtaining these materials.
Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.
Use & Permissions
The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], Sarah Dyer Zine Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Sarah Dyer is the creator of Action Girl Comics, an anthology that she started in 1994 to spotlight the work of women who were self-publishing comics of their own. Prior to starting Action Girl Comics, Dyer was the publisher of Action Girl News, which reviewed women's and girls' zines. This collection consists of the zines submitted to her for review.
Researchers should consult the which includes additional resources about zines as well as an essay by Sarah Dyer entitled My Life in Zines.
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- American poetry -- 20th century
- Abused women
- Comic books, strips, etc.
- Feminism -- United States
- Fan magazines
- Mental illness
- Periodicals -- Publishing -- United States
- Sexual orientation
- Underground press publications -- United States
- Women's periodicals, American
- Women poets
- Women -- Psychology
- Women -- Comic books, strips, etc.
- Young women -- United States -- Social life and customs
The Sarah Dyer Zine Collection was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2000, and additions were received in 2002, 2006, and 2008.
Processed by Amy Leigh and other staff
Completed May 23, 2001
Encoded by Ruth E. Bryan
Updated by Jodi Berkowitz, 2008