The University of Iowa Libraries has announced that they will scan the James L. ‘Rusty’ Hevelin Collection… “in its entirety … 10,000 science fiction fanzines will be digitized”…

Nothing on this scale has been attempted with fanzines before, and we are thrilled to be able to finally address the concern we have been hearing for years from fans and scholars, to find a way to enable them to discover exactly what these pieces contain,” says Greg Prickman, head of special collections. Once digitized, the fanzines will be incorporated into the UI Libraries’ DIY History interface, where a select number of interested fans (up to 30) will be provided with secure access to transcribe, annotate, and index the contents of the fanzines. The transcription will enable the UI Libraries to construct a full-text searchable fanzine resource, with links to authors, editors, and topics, while protecting privacy and copyright by limiting access to the full set of page images.

Opening the boxes, they also seem to be discovering some boxes full of Munsey-era proto-pulps.

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