Zines,Guides,& Research

The culture of self-publishing in order to support and build community has deep roots in the LGBTQ community. While the publishing of newsletters, newspapers, and pamphlets reached its height in the 1970s, the Zine has been a part of community organizing, training, storytelling, and resource sharing for decades. Zines (short for Fanzine) has its roots in DIY, Queer, Punk communities and remains a way for Queer and Trans people to connect with one another across states, countries, and enforced borders.

Below you will find a series of resources created by Invisible Histories that have been developed to help people learn how to archive protests and political campaigns. We have resources to help archivists and memory workers work to make collections more accessible and supportive of Trans people. We have also included Memory Work activities to help you create your own Zines so you can do this work yourself. Everything on this page is meant to be shared and unless you are a very well-funded university or for profit business, there are here to use for free. Copy them, pass them out, write on them, send us your work if you like to be added to our archives, but above all these are here for you to tell your story. If you are a large well-resourced college or university, if you are an academic creating a syllabus, or a large for-profit business please send $200 to Invisible Histories for use of these materials.

How to Archive a Protest Zine

How to Archive a Protest Zine

Check out this new zine from Invisible Histories called How to Archive a Protest. We have been working on this resource for southern activists throughout this past year, and although this zine was first imagined as a guide for queer and trans southerners protesting the wave of DEI-bans, bathroom bills, and other transphobic bullshit being passed right now, its creation has been shaped by the ongoing protests in support of Palestine across the world. We hope that the knowledge we gathered in this guide will help anyone looking to document their current protests, direct actions, and community organizing. We hope this guide will help you save the materials of resistance in your communities because now more than ever our movements need memory workers.

This guide is meant to be a starting point, so please do NOT let even these pages limit your own creativity and resourcefulness. Take what’s useful to you, and throw away the rest. You are the one on the ground. You are the one alongside the marches, protests, and direct actions. You are the one potentially putting your life, wellbeing, and safety at risk for your cause, so if a piece of paper gets wrinkled or wet or accidentally marked up, that’s okay. Actually, it’s more than okay. It’s a richer, deeper, and more beautiful history of our movements. It’s history in real-time, not disconnected and sanitized for the sake of a university archive.

Memory Working Activities

Memory Working Activities

Bonus resource! Here are three memory work activities you can complete at an event or afterwards during a debrief. These activities are ready to go and easy to do with large or small groups. All you need is some paper, pens or pencils, and your phone. If you complete any of these activities, and you want to have them preserved, please send them to us at [email protected].

Queer History South 2024 Zine

QHS 2024 Zine

This zine was created at the 2024 Queer History South Conference hosted by Invisible Histories in Charlotte, NC, on February 23-24, 2024. Thank you to Milo Miller from the Queer Zine Archives Project and Kelly Wooten from the Sallie Bingham Center for facilitating an amazing zine making workshop! Queer Zines 4VER.

Southern Trans Collection Guide

The Southern Trans Collection Guide is a project sponsored by the Society of American Archivists. Eight archivists, historians, and scholars from across the US have worked together to produce an intro guide to collecting transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming collections. The guide will be available in early fall 2024.

How to Archive a Political Campaign

How to Archive a Political Campaign is a guide for any LGBTQ people running for any level of public office. This guide will help you and your team better understand how to make history preservation a realistic priority from day one.

QHS At-Risk Collections Preparedness

At the 2024 Queer History South conference, attendees were asked to list their concerns and ways to address those concerns related to threats to LGBTQ history, archives, and education in the South. These results will be combined into a paper and distributed in Fall 2024.

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