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Zinester Diaries Collection

Identifier: SC10-05

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of 9 journals and notebooks written by an anonymous donor zinester during the zinester's adolescence. Entries include poetry and letters to friends covering topics such as relationships, politics, and sexuality. Also includes zinester's director notes for video projects.


  • Creation: Circa 1990s through 2000s


This collection has restrictions.

The diaries will remain anonymously attributed until 75 years from the date of 12/4/2014, after which the authorship of the diaries can be revealed.

In processing the collection, the archivist identified material in the collection which reveal the identity of the donor. In order to retain the anonymity of the donor, two journals and a notebook have been restricted. Journals include diary entries circa 1995 with notes from friends and entries circa 1999; notebook contains donor's poetry.

Publication Rights

All rights of copyright will remain with the donor and/or the donor's estate. The donor and/or the donor's estate grant advanced permission for the Barnard Archives to permit individuals to quote from the materials. Individuals utilizing the materials who wish to publish and/or profit monetarily from the materials must obtain permissions from the donor and/or the donor's estate.

Reproduction Restrictions

Reproductions can be made for research purposes.


.42 Linear Feet (1 box)




This collection consists of diaries written between the early 1990's through the 2000's by an anonymous donor zinester.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the order in which it was received.

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

Donated to the College by an anonymous donor, 2014.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Joan Hsiao in April 2018. Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Finding aid written in English.

Guide to the Zinester Diaries Collection
Joan Hsiao
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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