The center spread from Gaylord Phoenix #6 by Edie Fake. Printed at Spudnik Press in Chicago, 2012.
Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public.
This page consists of sample findings and excerpts. It is also an account of the contents of my home and digital files from my camera. If you have suggestions, have a collection you want to share, or are in Chicago and would like to see something in person, please contact me. This blog is intended as a casual, more personal supplement to the main Public Collectors website.
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Optophobia ‘zine, number 5, 1989. Published in Pewaukee, WI. I’m digging back into my underground music ‘zine archives again as I try to get my basement in better order. Many more ‘zine cover scans from my collection here and on this tumblr.
A sample spread from Cats Hate Cops, a photocopied booklet by the group New York Year Zero. This booklet compiles old newspaper entries on cats attacking police officers. One of the more unusual anti-authoritarian publications I’ve seen in quite some time!
Cats Hate Cops, a photocopied booklet by the group New York Year Zero. I was really happy to meet a couple of these folks at the New York Art Book Fair. All of their booklets are sharp, but this one - which compiles old newspaper entries on cats attacking police officers - is particularly enjoyable. More scans to follow.
Public Collectors Tumblr posts have been a bit erratic lately and it has been quite a while since I’ve updated the website. I’ve been hard at work on an intense and secret research project that you’ll hear more about later in the Fall. In the meantime, here’s a little reminder that Public Collectors also makes publications from time to time. You can get everything that’s in print from Half Letter Press. And since I’ll be filling your mail order, I’ll surely throw in some extra ephemera as well!
U.K. Resist #4, Spring 1991, published by Jake Lagnado, from Surrey, U.K. Thanks to Dale Johnson for sending me this ‘zine (and many others). More cover scans of ‘zines from the 1980s and 90s here.
Mars #4, from May, 1987. Published by Alec Dana / Hungry Moon Publications, from New York, New York. Many more cover scans of ‘zines from the 1980s and 90s here.