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Chilean Zine collection

Identifier: MSS 570 large

Scope and Contents

The Chilean zine collection represent a variety of independent artists and publishers. A corpus of punk literary aesthetic, these zines are often produced in black and white but are full of energetic zeal for DIY publishing. Often crude and self-published, these zines range from the vulgar to the quotidian. Some creators opt to use their zines as a platform to voice opinions that run counterpoint to the mainstream. It is no wonder that themes of death and youth rebellion run rampant in the collection. Many of these groups associated themselves with a progressive agenda, denouncing racism, discrimination, corruption and other social/political/economic maladies. Although this stance of pure defiance is a hallmark of the zine, there is a brighter side to this phenomenon. Many creators channel their creative energy into creating zines that amuse or to share some aspect of their life with an unknown reader. Certainly, a common thread that runs throughout all these humble publications is a great deal of intimacy, the likes of which is absent from mainstream or larger publications. These were illustrated and assembled by hand; the form and content capturing a fleeting moment in the life of the creator.


  • Creation: 2008 - 2015

Language of Materials

Text in Spanish and English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.


.8 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from Libros Latinos in July 2015.

Processing Information

Rachel Alexander and Breanna Escamilla processed this collection in 2017. Scope and Content note derived from distributor's description.

Finding Aid for the Chilean Zine collection
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Rachel Alexander and Breanna Escamilla
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
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East Lansing MI 48823 USA