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Sarah and Jen Wolfe Zines

Identifier: MsC0878

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of numerous zines assembled by Sarah and Jen Wolfe during the 1990s. Many of the zines are products of the 1990s feminist "riot grrrl" movement; they deal with the issues of concern to that movement, including female-driven music, complexities of female identity, and a consciousness of institutional, social and cultural sexism. Riot grrrl zines are also concerned with feminist political and social issues such as discrimination, sexual abuse, eating disorders, and concerns over body image. Many zines are marked by stories of intensely personal experiences relating to these issues. A number of the zines are less strictly riot grrrl-oriented; these more traditional publications describe local, regional, and national underground music scenes, and are derived from the original outsider music zines created by the punk movement in the 1970s. In addition, a much smaller number of zines consist of cartoons and comics rather than articles, interviews or personal essays. Also included are several issues of publications that catalog and review zines: Factsheet Five and Zine World. Note that, because of the irregular and amateur nature of zine publications, many of the items in the collection do not have specific issue numbers or dates attached to them.


  • Creation: 1991-2003


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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


6.00 Linear Feet

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Collection of amateur publications primarily from the feminist riot grrrl movement of the 1990s, together with numerous zines documenting various independent/underground music scenes.

Method of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Sarah and Jen Wolfe in June 2008 with a few additions in October 2009.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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