The Starsky & Hutch Archive (late 1990s)

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Name: The Starsky & Hutch Archive
Date(s): multiple incarnations based on The Pits Archive, first website created in 1998, major move took place in 2006, currently not being updated
Archivist: Flamingo
Founder: Sebastyin
Type: fanfiction archive
Fandom: Starsky and Hutch
URL: Earliest archived version of the slash half of the archive on Geocities; WebCite
Earliest archived version of the gen half of the archive on Geocities; WebCite;
Earliest archived version of the gen half of the archive on Delphi; WebCite;
Earliest archived version of the slash half of the archive on Delphi; WebCite;
Earliest archived version of the slash half of the archive on Squidge; Webite;
Earliest archived version of the gen half of the archive on Squidge; WebCite
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The Starsky & Hutch Archive is a gen and slash fiction site created in 1998. It has had multiple incarnations and was based on The Pits Archive, the first Starsky & Hutch archive first website created in the around 1998.

Flamingo relocated the Archive within 24 hours of its creation to Delphi. After a year, the Archive moved to Squidge.org, a small fan friendly server. There it remained until 2006 when the site moved to starskyhutch.com. The website had major move in 2006 and is currently not being updated. Much of this site's contents has been transferred to Flamingo's new site: Starsky & Hutch Archive, which was created in 2010.

screencap of the 2006 version of the archive's main page

This archive contains netfic, as well as much zine fic.

The Archive was given a Huggy award for being the Best Starsky & Hutch website for 1999 at the 14th Annual ZebraCon.

About

The [first] Starsky and Hutch Archive was created by Sebastyin, who was the original webmistress, and the archive originally got its start through the efforts of a number of SH fans including Nancy T (now deceased), Solo, Alexis Rogers, Suzan Lovett, Flamingo, and others. Its first home in 1998 was Geocities and called "The Pits", and then it resided for a long time at www.squidge.org thanks to the generosity of Walter H. Hopgood. Over the years, as fans moved on to other interests, Flamingo became the webmistress through default. SHaron and her stalwart band of transcribers managed to scan and proofread a great deal of the classic zine fiction that is now on the site. The recent site re-work was designed and engineered by Morgan Logan with the assistance of Flamingo and the data-collection assistance of SHaron, who put in countless hours getting the data into spreadsheets for import into the new database... The kind folks at Me and Thee Archive and The Pits (defunct) helped by participating in a browser survey so the site would look good cross-platform. [1]
In 2000, Flamingo explained, and thanked "those pioneering dames":
You all might like knowing, just for historical interest, that if it weren't for Alexis, there would be no SH Archive at all. She was the first person to propose it (with the then webmistress, Georgia) and the very first person to post any fiction on it. This may sound odd to you now but back then (all of 5 years ago) many, many people felt that putting SH fiction, especially slash, on the net, was a BAD THING and should not be done. There are still some people who feel this way, but fortunately more and more are giving their stories to the net, especially the out of print ones. I was one of the loudest people opposed to electronic fiction, and Alexis changed my mind so thoroughly that I started searching out authors. Suzan Lovett was the second person to give us fiction, so if it weren't for Suzan and Alexis, there would be no Archive as we know it today. For a long, long time, their stories were the only ones on the archives at all. So, hats off to those pioneering dames. [2]

In an August 30, 2012 interview Flamingo offered a detailed history of the development of the archive. The following has been paraphrased from that interview:

In the mid 1990s, there was no Starsky & Hutch fanfiction online. All fic was being published in zines and much of the classic fic had been published decades earlier and was out of print. Alexis Rogers decided that it was time to bring the fandom forward into this new Internet era and started by putting her fanfiction online. She, along with a group of other fans, decided to set up a website archive even though they had no experience in creating or managing an archive. One of their first decisions was to offer space for both gen and slash fan fiction. However knowing that many gen fans would object to their fic being housed in an archive which also contained slash fanfiction, they separated the two genres. Links went from the slash archive to the gen, but not in reverse.

Alexis announced her fanfiction was online to the Virgule-L mailing list on September 21, 1997. For the first few years, Alexis' fic was the only Starsky and Hutch fanfiction online. Even her closest friend, (Diana) felt that Starsky and Hutch fanfiction was too personal to be publicly shared with the world wide web. Flamingo, a relative newcomer to the fandom, began contacting classic fanzine writers asking permission to include their out of print fanfic. Most writers refused. Then Suzan Lovett offered her fanfiction to the archive even though, at the time, her zines Goliath and The Thousandth Man had been in print for over ten years. Other writers followed suit, such as Merle Decker and Carol Davis.

Like many websites at the time, the archive migrated across many service providers. The site originally began on Geocities. However, in June 1999, six months after Geocities was bought by Yahoo, Yahoo unilaterally changed their terms of service claiming copyright ownership of the websites they hosted. Website owners could not login to their websites without agreeing to the new terms. This led to the Geocities Revolt where fans and non-fans alike removed their websites and replaced them with the image of a ghost (as in 'Geocities would become a ghost town'). [3]

Some Home Pages

A 1999 Flyer

first page of a 1999 flyer
first page of a 1999 flyer

STARSKY & HUTCH FANFIC AND ART CELEBRATING AND PRESERVING 20 YEARS OF CREATIVITY

For over 20 years, we have enjoyed the amazing quality of SH fanfic and art. Today, as the world reaches out over the Internet, this amazing relationship of love and trust is still inspiring new stories, new art, and finding new fans. Some fans are discovering SH not through videotapes but directly from fanfic downloaded from the Internet. From Alaska to New Zealand SH fans meet on Internet discussion lists and chat rooms devoted to a show which hasn't been produced since 1979.

But the legacy of some of the earliest fanworks are in danger. Created long before the advent of home computers, zines produced on painstakingly typed mimeo sheets are beginning to dissolve under the weight of the years. The stories and art, which center on themes of love, friendship, trust and honor — some of the finest qualities of human nature - are not just "fan scribblings" but a literary legacy which needs to be cherished and preserved so it can be shared and appreciated into the future.

Two Archives have been established on the Internet by devoted SH fans just for this purpose.

The S&H Gen Archive can be reached at: http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Set/4384/index.html

Currently, the gen Archive hosts two complete novels and all their artwork. Suzan Lovett has graciously granted us permission to post "The Thousandth Man" and "The Goliath." We've also posted her short fantasy spoof," It Was A Dark And Stormy Night." It took nearly a year to scan in the typewritten novels and their art, proofread them, and render the art in a format that would be complimentary to the original pieces. Suzan feels her work has been handsomely reproduced, and is very pleased. There is also a novella by Beth Hilleman and a new story. Recently, we've gotten permission to Archive works of Teri White, Ruth Kurz, Jan Lindner, Susan Birchfield, and others. We are continually looking for classic SH writers who might grant us permission to preserve their work in the same way.

The S&H Slash Archive can be reached at: http:/Avww.geocities.com/SoHo/Cafe/8418/SH/sharchiv.html

Currently the slash Archive houses the collected S/H stories of Alexis Rogers, stories by Suzan Lovett, Kari Masoner, and Rosemary, a novel-in-progress by Flamingo, and new stories by a host of different writers. As with the gen site, more stories are being prepared for posting, including a Lovett novella, works of Leah Starsky, Dargelos, the poems of Jean Chabot and others.

The slash Archive has warning language posted on age limitations. This language screens this material through child-protection software currently available. The slash site cannot be accessed from the gen site.

For both sites, the privacy needs of the creators of the posted material is our first concern. Authors and artists have the final word on what will be posted, and under what name. Suzan Lovett chose to use her full name on the Archives, but other writers have selected new pseudonyms for anonymity. Stories and art are scanned, proofed, and turned into electronic documents by parties other than the creators, and all material is posted by these same parties so the creators themselves are not involved with that process, further protecting them. No material would ever be posted without the creator's permission.

Ideally, these classic zines should be reproduced on paper so that they could appear exactly as they did originally. But with the rising price of photocopying and postage, producing and purchasing zines has become difficult for many. While access to the Internet is still limited in many areas, at least the stories will be there, preserved, and can be printed out by those who do have access to share with others who don't.

We encourage fans, new and old, to visit the websites. And if you know of past creators of SH material who may have gone on to other fandoms, or perhaps may have left fandom altogether, we would love to appeal to them to permit us to preserve their work.

For those creators uncomfortable with the Internet, we are still interested in preserving their work on paper.

We can be contacted by email at: flamingosIim@delphi.com flamingoslim@erols.com or: Hyacinth@frost.snowhill.com

And through snail mail at: Flamingo, Box 823 Beltsville MD 20705.

Anonymity is guaranteed. Respect for the work and the people who created it is absolute. Looking forward to sharing Starsky & Hutch into the next millennium, Flamingo

Other S&H Archives

Some other major Starsky and Hutch fanfic archives and lists include:

References

  1. Starsky and Hutch Archive
  2. comments by Flamingo, June 6, 2000 at VenicePlace, quoted on Fanlore with permission
  3. See Geocities Wikipedia entry, accessed August 30, 2012.