Fan Culture Preservation Project
|Name:||Fan Culture Preservation Project (FCPP)|
|Archivist:||University of Iowa Special Collections|
|Founder:||OTW, University of Iowa Special Collections|
|URL:||Special Collections Department at the University of Iowa |
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The Fan Culture Preservation Project (FCPP) is a joint venture between the OTW and the Special Collections department at the University of Iowa to archive and preserve fanzines and other non-digital forms of fan culture.
Fans who have zines, fannish flyers, paper memorabilia, letterzines, newsletters, fannish correspondence, fan art, convention programs, convention badges, songvids - essentially anything fan made or fan produced - that they can’t keep anymore are encouraged to contact the OTW's Open Doors committee regarding the Fan Culture Preservation Project. Please.
Also see Fannish Estate Planning.
- The first major donation brokered by OTW is the Fanzine Archives, a collection of over 3,000 classic zines previously housed in Santa Barbara. The OTW was able to help the retiring archivist, Ming Wathne, save and protect this valuable collection.
- The Rusty Hevelin Collection, see Rusty Hevelin.
- Other collections can be found listed on the FCPP's project page or on Iowa's page of Fandom-Related Collections.
Some 2009 Comments
When the project was announced in August 2009, fans had a wide variety of reactions.
- OTW's announcement of the project, June 17, 2009.
- University of Iowa Libraries acquires thousands of science fiction 'fanzines', July 5, 2009, Associated Press. (article is now fee only, accessed via the websites archives)
- UI Libraries acquire 'Star Trek,' 'Star Wars' fanzines, Iowa City Press Citizen, July 2, 2009. (article is now fee only, accessed via the websites archives)
- UI Acquires Science Fiction 'Fanzines' Collection, July 5, 2009
- an account of a fan's visit in spring 2011 by darksnowfalling, accessed 3.5.2011
- 10,000 zines and counting: a library's quest to save the history of fandom, about the project, with an emphasis on The Rusty Hevelin Collection (September 2015)