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Popular Culture Collection

This guide documents the Popular Culture collection housed in Special Collections and Archives.

What are Zines?

illustration of a zineA zine is a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via a copy machine. Zines are the product of either a single person or of a very small group and are popularly photocopied into physical prints for circulation.

A fanzine (blend of fan and magazine) is a non-professional and non-official publication produced by enthusiasts of a particular cultural phenomenon (such as a literary or musical genre) for the pleasure of others who share their interests. The term was coined in an October 1940 science fiction fanzine by Russ Chauvenet and popularized within science fiction fandom, entering the Oxford English Dictionary in 1949.

Dissidents, under-represented, and marginalized groups have published their own opinions in leaflet and pamphlet form for as long as such technology has been available.


Zines of Atlanta collection:not everything is as it seems zine cover page

The Zines of Atlanta collection contains zines created by Georgia State University students. These zines cover a variety of topics relevant to teens including social media, stress, sleep, technology, and more. They were created as a part of an assignment and date from 2022. This collection will grow to include other zines created by students and the community.

Check it out via this link!



zines of atlanta collection cover pageWhy you should always have a flyswatter on hand zine  




If interested in adding your zines to the Zines of Atlanta collection or creating your own collection of zines, reach out to the Music & Popular Culture Archivist to learn more. And visit the Donate page to get more information.

Online Resources

clip art of an open zineZine Archives: