Library Will Digitize 10,000 Classic Sci-Fi Fanzines

(Photo: University of Iowa Libraries and Special Collections)

In 2011, James L. "Rusty" Hevelin bequeathed his collection of approximately 10,000 science fiction fanzines to the University of Iowa. It is a treasure trove of artifacts from popular culture going back to the 1930s. Many of these fan-written magazines feature hand-drawn art. The collection is a record of the development of science fiction that is not duplicated anywhere else in the world.

Soon, these fanzines will be available to anyone who has a computer with an internet connection. The University of Iowa Libraries, which holds the Hevelin Collection, will digitize the roughly 10,000 fanzines. After scanning them and placing the files online, you'll be able to peer into a lost world of imagined worlds. You can follow the library staff's progress here.

-via Lawrence E. Forbes

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