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Jenna Freedman Zine Correspondence Collection

Identifier: SC10-02

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of Jenna Freedman's correspondence with zinesters, students, teachers, and fellow zine librarians. The correspondence spans 1999-present and is made up of personal letters, cards, postcards, flyers from zine distros, zines, pins, invoices from zine purchases, and thank you notes from students, teachers, interns and zinesters. Included within the correspondence are materials from Jenna Freedman's participation in #31 Postcards, an event sponsored by the South Side Letter Writing Club that encouraged participants to send 31 postcards during the month of October. Subjects range from business-like transactions like zine trades or purchases, invitations to zine fests to more personal subjects such as family, partners, and work.

Additional materials in this collection are materials from zine fests from 2004 to 2018, and materials related to the Zine Union Catalog. The zine fests include general events such as the Broolyn Zine Fest as well as more focused zine gatherings such as the NYC Feminist Zine Fest or the Women of Color Zine Symposium. Freedman also attended Zine Librarians (Un)Conferences (ZL(u)C), Pete's Mini Zine Fest, and a New South Conference. The collection also includes materials from Barnard Zine Library events hosted at Barnard College and presentations, for different conferences and events, given by Jenna Freedman as the Barnard Zine Librarian.


  • Creation: 1999 - 2022



This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproductions Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.

Material from Series 1, Correspondence may not be reproduced without permission from Jenna Freedman.


Jenna Freedman is the Curator of the Barnard Zine Library, Librarian for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and creator of Lower East Side Librarian zine. She joined Barnard's library staff in 2003 as Coordinator of Reference Services and proposed the zine collection that same year.


6.76 Linear Feet (12 document boxes, 1 roll storage box)




The Zine Correspondence Collection consists of Jenna Freedman’s work as the Barnard Zine Librarian. It includes her communication with zinesters, zine distros, teachers, and libraries about the Zine Collection and zines more generally, as well as Freedman’s involvement in zine events.

Collection Arrangement

The collection consists of three series, all of which have been further arranged in subseries. Contents in Series 1 are arranged by year, with materials grouped by correspondent when applicable. Series 2 and 3 are arranged in original order. The series and subseries arrangement is as follows:

Series 1, Correspondence, 1999-2017

Subseries 1.1, 1999-2010
Subseries 1.2, 2011
Subseries 1.3, 2012
Subseries 1.4, 2013
Subseries 1.5, 2014
Subseries 1.6, #31 Postcards, 2012
Subseries 1.7, 2015
Subseries 1.8, undated, circa 2015
Subseries 1.9, 2016
Subseries 1.10, 2017
Subseries 1.11, 2018-2019
Subseries 1,12, 2020
Subseries 1.13, 2021
Subseries 1.14, 2022

Series 2, Zine Fests, 2004-2015

Subseries 2.1, NYC Feminist Zine Fest, 2012-2015
Subseries 2.2, Brooklyn Zine Fest 2012-2013
Subseries 2.3, Women of Color Zine Symposium, 2012
Subseries 2.4, Philly Feminist Zine Fest, 2012
Subseries 2.5, SUNY Purchase Zine Feast, 2013
Subseries 2.6, Zine Librarians (Un)Conference, 2013-2015
Subseries 2.7, Madison Zine Fest, 2004
Subseries 2.8, Celebrate the Commons in Friendship Park
Subseries 2.9, Queer Zine Archive Project
Subseries 2.10, International Zine Month, 2014
Subseries 2.11, New South undated
Subseries 2.12, Pete's Mini Zine Fest 2015

Series 3, Barnard Zine Library Events and Presentations, 2004-2016

Subseries 3.1, Barnard Zine Library Advertisement Material, 2004-2016
Subseries 3.2, News Clippings, 2005-2013
Subseries 3.3, Presentations Given by Jenna Freedman, 2012-2015

All accruals will be added to the end of the collection and then arranged intellectually in the finding aid.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Transferred, 2014


Additions are expected. Accruals to be added in January of each year.

Processing History

Processors of this collection include: Erin Elzi, a zine intern in fall 2010, Robert Moeller, a zine intern in fall 2012, Elvis Bakitis and Annie Soga, zine interns in summer 2013, Alice Griffin, a student worker in the Barnard Archives fall 2014, and Amy Lau, an archives fellow in 2016, and Claudia Acosta in 2023. Erin Elzi, Robert Moeller, and Annie Soga created processing plans for different parts of the collection.

This finding aid was written by Annie Soga in June 2013.

This finding aid was updated by Alice Griffin in November 2014 and again in January 2015.

This finding aid was updated by Amy Lau in May 2016 and by Joan Hsiao in December 2017.

This finding aid was updated by Claudia Maria Acosta in June 2023.

  • Copies of Time Out New York and New York Times articles from April 2006 about Barnard zine collection; copy of Pittsburgh City Paper Sept 5-12,2007; Directory of Zine Libraries and Infoshops from Richmond Zine Collective, May 2004; Factsheet5, Issue #62, 10/20/1997; postcard (BFF/Mongoose bike); gender posterzine from
Guide to the Jenna Freedman Zine Correspondence Collection
Amy Lau, updated by Claudia Acosta in 2023
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Revision Statements

  • 2023: Updated extent, related accessions, dates

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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