About the Archive

The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) was first launched in November 2003 in an effort to preserve queer zines and make them available to other queers, researchers, historians, punks, and anyone else who has an interest DIY publishing and underground queer communities.

Our mission statement has been consistent over the past nine years:
"The mission of the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is to establish a "living history" archive of past and present queer zines and to encourage current and emerging zine publishers to continue to create. In curating such a unique aspect of culture, we value a collectivist approach that respects the diversity of experiences that fall under the heading "queer."

The primary function of QZAP is to provide a free on-line searchable database of the collection with links allowing users to view or download electronic copies of zines. By providing access to the historical canon of queer zines we hope to make them more accessible to diverse communities and reach wider audiences."

For more information please visit our main site at QZAP.ORG where you'll find our blog, ways to donate to the project, photos of the project in action, and other goodies. If you would like multiple static pages, follow the instructions on the wiki to create additional views.


xZINECOREx is an emerging metadata standard similar to DublinCore for the purpose of cataloging zines. The idea is that different libraries and archives that deal with zines will eventually be able to share information about their collections, and that one day there will be a union catalog that will contain the zine records from multiple institutions.

Here is a sample of what the xZINECOREx schema looks like:

xZINECOREx Element
Actual Metadata
Heavy Mayo
Milo Miller
Food, cookzine
Milo Miller
Date of Publication
Physical Description
4.25” x 7”, cardstock, 16 pages
Union ID
EN - English
Place of Publication
Milwaukee, WI
See Also
SoyBoi, Mutate Zine, etc.
Freedoms and
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 

For a more detailed look at xZINECOREx (in zine format) please visit ZineLibraries.info