Workshop Title:
Before Xerox: Historical Zine-Making Technologies

Peter Balestrieri is a processing librarian in Special Collections, where he is working with the James L. “Rusty” Hevelin Collection of pulps, fanzines, convention materials, and SF books (on Tumblr!). He is a professional musician (he played with some band called the Violent Femmes), a writer, and one of the most knowledgeable and nice guys you’ll ever meet.

Kalmia Strong divides her time between working in the library and helping run a community art space, is an MFA candidate at the Center for the Book, and is super-close to finishing her MLS. By the time this workshop happens, she will have put up an exhibition of alternative publishing in Iowa City.

Colleen Theisen is the Outreach and Instruction Special Collections Librarian at the University of Iowa. Her background is in art history and teaching, and she can convince anyone in the world that old books and manuscripts are awesome.

Andrea Kohashi volleys between the library, where she's getting her MLS, and the Center for the Book, where she's getting her MFA. Amongst the back and forth, she's managed to get hooked on hectographs.

UPDATE: Check out our blog post about making hectographs

What it is:
Brought to you by the printing history nerds in UI Special Collections, this will be a hands-on demonstration of several historical copying technologies used to make zines (as well as little magzines, newsletters, etc). We will demo mimeograph and hectograph (and possibly a ditto machine!), and show some examples of zines produced with these technologies from Special Collections, dating from the 1930s-1980s.