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Anthony Rayson zine collection

Identifier: MSS0050

Scope and Contents

This collection contains zines and other materials mostly created and/or distributed by Anthony Rayson through his South Chicago ABC Zine Distro. Most zines, artwork, and other materials in the collection contain political, anarchist, and/or social justice-related commentary and imagery.


  • Creation: 1970-2023
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1998-2023


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Anthony Rayson (b. 1954) is a writer, political activist, and self-described anarchist. Rayson authored the zine Thought Bombs, creates and contributes to numerous other zines, and assists incarcerated people with the publication and distribution of their own zines. Rayson operates South Chicago ABC Zine Distro, a distribution network that provides zines to incarcerated people free-of-charge.


17 Linear Feet (36 boxes)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


This collection is organized into 20 series: 1. Biographical; 2. Anarchism; 3. Art; 4. Catalogs, Directories, and Resource Lists; 5. Comics; 6. DIY and How-to; 7. Feminism; 8. Health; 9. Literary; 10. Music; 11. Personal; 12. Poetry; 13. Police; 14. Political; 15. Prison; 16. Queer; 17. Race and Ethnicity; 18. Religion and Spirituality; 19. Zines about Zines; 20. Oversized.

The first series contains biographical materials related to Anthony Rayson, followed by series in alphabetical order representing different zine genres or formats. Whenever possible, individual file titles include information about the author/creator (example: Thought Bombs #1 [Anthony Rayson]). The collection was almost entirely rearranged and redescribed in 2021, creating new and different series based on more commonly understood zine genres.

Throughout this finding aid, people held in prisons and jails are referred to as prisoners or incarcerated people based on the most widely accepted terminology used by prison activist and abolitionist groups. Additionally, many of the authors featured in this collection are self-described political prisoners.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2008.04; 2013.002; 2014.142; 2015.128; 2017.007; 2018.005; 2019.019; 2020.035

Processing Information

M. McCoy 2008; J. Mann 2016; D. Potts 2018, 2019

Guide to Anthony Rayson zine collection
M. McCoy 2008; J. Mann 2016; D. Potts 2018, 2019, 2021, 2023
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