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Organization for Transformative Works Fanzine and Fan Fiction Collection

Identifier: MsC0320

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Scope and Contents

The OTW Collection consists of fanzines and pieces of fan fiction written and/or collected by various fans and acquired for Special Collections via the Organization for Transformative Works. Most of the materials in the collection consist of publications related to different genre media properties, although there are a few pieces of original fiction as well.

Much of the fan fiction is of the "slash" variety."Slash" refers to fan fiction that is sexually explicit, and same-sex in nature. In slash sex and sexuality are often the centers of the story, rather than the more conventional adventures featured in more traditional fan fiction. A few of the materials are what is called "real person" fan fiction, that is, fiction in which the characters are celebrities or other real people.

This collection is expected to continue growing for some time as OTW continues to faciliate the transfer of fannish materials to Special Collections.


  • Creation: 1979-2013


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


60.00 Linear Feet

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Collection of science fiction and other genre fanzines, pieces of fan fiction, and related fannish artifacts donated by various fans through the cooperation of the Organization for Transformative Works, established to preserve the history of fanworks and fan culture.

Method of Acquisition

OTW began transferring materials to the Univeristy of Iowa Libraries Special Collections in the summer of 2009. Individual donors include: Nancy Barnes, Melody Jones, Joanna Lowenstein (in memory of Beth Kiedrowicz), Katherine Penland (for Alison Wilson), Ann Raymont, Claudia Rebeza, Soo Tennyson, James Walkswithwind, and Vian Lawson.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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