Earlier this week we received a message from Christopher Harter, Director of Library and Reference Services at the Amistad Research Center, part of Tulane University.
Not only has the Amistad Research Center independently promoted the POC Zine Project tour (thank you!!), Christopher informed us that Amistad recently started a POC zine collection!
Here’s what Chrisopher shared via email:
The Amistad Research Center will post something on our Facebook page to help promote the tour. Amistad has started a POC zine collection, which is quite small at this point, but your sites have been very helpful in identifying zines to add.
The Amistad Research Center is an archives/special collections library with a focus on the racial/ethnic history of the U.S., the Civil Rights Movement, race relations, and related topics. Our new zine collection will mirror that collecting scope and we hope to develop a sizeable POC zine collection for many of the reasons you cite on your various websites…difficulty in locating zines of color, lack of representation through distros, zine events, etc.
Your project is off to a great start and I look forward to hearing more about what you are doing. In the meantime, feel free to take a look at Amistad’s website (www.amistadresearchcenter.org), as well as our blog (amistadresearchcenter.blogspot.com) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/amistadresearchcenter.org).
We are SO EXCITED to hear that the Amistad Research Center has started a poc zine collection! It makes us feel really good that POC Zine Project has - through our own work to meet our mission - helped them in their efforts.
Right now we don’t see any information about their zine archive on the Amistad Research Center website (understandably - it’s new and these things take time!) but we’ll share the latest news about their zine archiving efforts as we receive it.
And maybe :) you’ll be hearing about a partnership between Amistad Research Center and POC Zine Project in the near future … anything is possible! <3
In the meantime, here’s a little more information about Christopher and his work at the Amistad Research Center:
Christopher Harter is a librarian and poet, as well as the founder of Pathwise Press and the editor of the literary magazine, Bathtub Gin.
Here is Christopher’s post from 2011, announcing the new zine collection at the Amistad Research Center.
Here’s a video of Christopher from 2009, presenting information about unearthing Africana collections and providing global access. He was on a panel organized by the Africana Librarians Council, at the 52nd Annual African Studies Association Meeting, in New Orleans.
POC zinesters: If you are interested in donating some of your zines or learning more about the collection, please contact Christopher Harter at (504) 862-3222 or firstname.lastname@example.org