MISSOULA – The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana is home to an impressive Archives & Special Collections department, which it currently is celebrating as part of American Archives Month.
American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value. The Mansfield Library has special archival displays located throughout the building and on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24-25, it will host events focused on one of its most interesting and unique resources: the Zine and Small Press Collection. Both events are free and open to the public.
On Thursday, UM Associate Professor of English Prageeta Sharma will deliver a talk and lead a discussion on themes of community, making and sharing in the context of a small-press poetry collective in the late 1990s. The talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mansfield Library Theta Rho Room on Level Four. Sharma also will discuss and raise questions about the history of zines and zine-making in the Northwest, along with the contemporary state of zine-making and distribution.
On Friday, Colin Post, a recent graduate of the UM Creative Writing master’s program, will lead a workshop that will include a brief lecture on the history of zines and zine-making aesthetics, drawing on examples from the library’s collection. Attendees then will be encouraged to participate in the zine-making process by creating pages to be compiled into a zine that will be copied and distributed to the participants. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Mansfield Library Archives Teaching Room on Level Four.
Archives & Special Collections at UM documents the history of the region through its unique and valuable manuscript and print holdings. Its collections and resources provide rich opportunities for learning and scholarship to UM faculty and students, Montanans and researchers from around the world. These resources and collections are open to the public.