Fanhistory (glossary term)
|Synonyms:||fandom history, fannish history|
|See also:||Meta, Faan|
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Fanhistory is a science fiction fandom term for the history of fandom. Literary SF fandom in particular has a long tradition of fanhistorians writing articles and books, some professionally published, about fandom history. Later fan communities have also recorded their own history, but are less likely to refer to it as fanhistory.
Fans also enjoy discussing their personal histories with fandom.
Early SF Fanhistory
Probably the first fanhistorian was Jack Speer, who wrote a fanzine article called "Up to Now: A History of Science Fiction Fandom" in 1939. In 1939 there were approximately nine whole years of history to document. The article introduced the numbered fandoms system for identifying distinct periods in the evolution of fandom. Fans frequently used the system to label themselves by the era in which they entered fandom.
Some sources used by fanhistorians:
- personal recollection
- memoirs published by fans
- oral histories
- fanzines and newsletters
- con reports and con program books
The Internet has been hosting fan activity since the 1980s, as well as being a way to share information about both offline and online fandom. Fanworks and discussions hosted on the Web are often a window into the past (for as long as the site stays up).
- Wayback Machine for deleted fansites, blog posts, etc.
- Livejournal communities
- Fandom podcasts
- Google Groups (archive of usenet)
- Sam Moskowitz. The Immortal Storm: A History of Science Fiction Fandom (1951)
- Harry Warner, Jr. All Our Yesterdays: An Informal History of Science Fiction Fandom in the Forties (1969)
- Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Sondra Marshak and Joan Winston. Star Trek Lives! (1975)
Fandom History Projects
Some of these are more focused on preserving primary sources, while others are focused on writing history.
- The Foresmutters Project
- Fan History Wiki
- Fan Fiction Oral History Project
- Media Fandom Oral History Project
- Organization for Transformative Works projects