Textual evidence of fandom activities: The fanzine holdings at UC Riverside's Eaton Collection

  • Regina Yung Lee University of California, Riverside
Keywords: Archive, Eaton Collection, Fan communities, Zine

Abstract

The Eaton Collection at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) is one of those nexus places, an archival cantina straddling several different functions in its daily uses and visitors. Located on the fourth floor of the Rivera Library, past the operational printing presses and the glassed-in displays of SF novel covers, its sunlit reading room and cheerful student help render the Eaton Collection vaguely unintimidating—until one gets past the small anteroom and into the collection itself. This vast array of papers, drafts, novels, anthologies, and other print matter evinces a long history of accumulated fandoms, material evidence of lifetimes of passionate enthusiasm all accumulated and accounted for, archived for anyone with a library pass, a yen for context, and a good eye for buried treasure.

Author Biography

Regina Yung Lee, University of California, Riverside
Regina Yung Lee is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests include feminist theory, francophone texts, sinophone film, science and technology studies, and affect in posthumanism.
Published
2011-03-15
Section
Symposium