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Colombian zine collection

Identifier: MSS 571 large

Scope and Contents

Often associated with the underground music and counter-cultures, zines have become the format of choice for a number of independent artists and writers who seek an affordable and easily distributable means of self-expression. Zines are incredibly flexible, straddling both high and low-brow culture; lending itself to one or the other or both simultaneously. Clara-Iris Ramos' oversized "De lo que no se puede hablar hay que callar" uses supermarket receipts to reproduce one of Wittgenstein's most iconic passages from his early work with linguistics. Mosquita Muerta (of which volumes 1 and 2 are included in this collection) is an anonymously authored zine that illustrates the un-glamorous life—and death—of a housefly. Benkoz is a multi-volume, modern version of the life of Benkos Bioho—a runaway slave who was executed for walking into Cartagena—which imagines his re-birth in the modern day. This collection also includes a number of leftist tracts which passionately describe the projects of South American anti-capitalists.


  • Creation: 2000 - 2015

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)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from Libros Latinos in July 2015.

Processing Information

Lydia Tang and many Special Collections student assistants processed this collection in 2018. Collection description provided by vendor.

Finding Aid for the Colombian Zine collection
4 Published And Cataloged
Lydia Tang and many Special Collections student assistants
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

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