Memorial Fund for Ming Wathne Established at the University of Iowa

Ming Wathne, long time archivist of the Fanzine Archives, passed away on December 17, 2010 at the age of 84. Before she died, the OTW helped her transfer the entire archive – over 3,000 zines – to the Special Collections Department of the University of Iowa, where it became the founding collection of the OTW’s Fan Culture Preservation Project.

Ming’s husband has been receiving queries about memorial donations, and so has established a fund in support of the Fanzine Archives at Iowa. Gifts in memory of Ming Wathne may be made by sending a check made out to The University of Iowa Foundation to:

The University of Iowa Foundation
Levitt Center for University Advancement
One West Park Road
P.O. Box 4550
Iowa City IA 52244-4550

Please note on your check “In memory of Ming Wathne.”

These gifts will be credited to The University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections Fund, account number 30-762-054, for the growth and maintenance of her fanzine collection, and to support joint activities with the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), whose Open Doors project to preserve fanzine history assisted in bringing Ming’s collection to the University of Iowa Libraries.

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  1. zephyrprince commented:

    That’s wonderful. I have already ordered copies of several zines from the special collection. It has really been an invaluable research tool and a tremendous pleasure so I’m glad this is being done in honor of the work she did for us as a community.

    • fcoppa commented:

      Oh, I’m so glad to hear that you’re making use of it!! \o/