Open Doors Announces New Import of Fanzine Works

Last year, the OTW Open Doors Committee announced several changes to its Fan Culture Preservation Project, including the creation of the AO3 Fanzine Scan Hosting Project (FSHP). The FSHP is a partnership with fan-run preservation project Zinedom through which fanfiction and fanart originally published in print fanzines is imported to the Archive of Our Own. Fanworks can be imported to AO3 with the consent of either the creators of the works or the publisher of the fanzine in which the fanworks were published.

Since unveiling the project, Open Doors has been hard at work streamlining its workflows for the FSHP and trialing them on zine fanworks. While Open Doors has not yet begun working with any publishers to import entire fanzines, its FSHP volunteers and import assistants have been busy scanning, transcribing, and importing fanworks whose creators had previously given permission to Zinedom to import them to AO3.

Today, Open Doors is pleased to announce a list of collections that it has created to house fanworks imported through the FSHP. A collection has been created for each fanzine from which one or more fanworks have been imported, but these collections do not contain every work from each of these zines, and many so far only include one work each in cases where Open Doors only has permission to import that particular work. For full transparency, Open Doors plans to continue to announce collections as they are created that may or may not grow with additional fanworks as additional permissions are obtained from more creators in the future.

As of September 2023, Open Doors has created the following collections to represent fanzines from which it has imported works:

For answers to frequently asked questions, please see the previous announcement post. If you’d like to give Open Doors permission to import any of your fanworks that have been previously published in print fanzines, or if you have any other FSHP-related queries, please contact the Open Doors Committee.

We’d also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of any fanzines in which they may have been published on Fanlore. If you’re new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

Thanks for your interest in preserving fannish history for future generations of readers!

– The Open Doors team


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