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Vanessa Gelvin zine collection

Identifier: MSS0038

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of Gelvin's thesis, ephemera that she collected, and zines. The categories of zines are art, comic, cultural, erotica, literary, music, personal, resource, social/political, special interest, and women’s issues. Certain personal zines have socio-political, literary, or cultural themes and issues, but are designated as personal because they are created by one author. For example, two zines, "Constipation" and an untitled zine, are categorized as personal but deal with the issue of prison. Some personal zines include artwork and/or stories by more than one author, but are designated as personal because their subject is only one person. The vast majority of these zines were created in or after the year 2000.


  • 1998-2006

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Vanessa Gelvin is the author of a thesis entitled "Do-It-Yourself, Do-It-Together: Culture and Community in Chicago’s Zine Scene," which she completed as part of her Bachelor of Arts degree program at Knox College. During 2005 and 2006, she collected zines created in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, which she used to research her thesis.


1.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection begins with Gelvin's thesis and the ephemera she collected during the course of her research. The zines follow these files, and are arranged alphabetically by zine category and then by individual title.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2006.23

Processing Information

E. Boden 2006

Guide to Vanessa Gelvin zine collection
E. Boden 2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614