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Rawhide-fic is Moving to the AO3

Rawhide-fic, a Rawhide fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

The fandom for Rawhide, a show from 1959 about a cattle drive, is small but enduring. This collection of stories dates back to the year 2003 when the rawhide-fic group was created on Yahoo Groups for members of the fandom to share and talk about the stories they created around this never-ending cattle drive. When Yahoo Groups announced that it was closing down, the group began looking for a new trailhead.

Open Doors will be working with Grey Lupous to import Rawhide-fic into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from Rawhide-fic to the AO3 after November.

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DoyleCordy is Moving to the AO3

DoyleCordy, an Angel (the Series) fanfiction archive focusing on the Cordelia/Doyle ship, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

Following the closure of Yahoo Groups, the DoyleCordy mods were committed to preserving the history of fandom through the small portion of the archive they were able to save.

Open Doors will be working with Heather to import DoyleCordy into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from DoyleCordy to the AO3 after October.

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OTW Guest Post: armoredsuperheavy

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy.

ArmoredSuperHeavy is an amateur archivist of queer fiction and erotica. They have hand published 100 fanfic projects over the past two years. Their bookbinding can be found on Tumblr, writings on Dreamwidth. Today, ArmoredSuperHeavy talks about bookbinding and their fandom experiences.

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

While I spontaneously wrote a couple of self-insert fics earlier, I first discovered fandom and fanfic as a thing other people did in the late 90s, the era of web rings. I was a teenager.

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