Zine Archive and Publishing Project

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The Zine Archive & Publishing Project (ZAPP) was a zine library located in Seattle, Washington. It existed to encourage and promote independent publications both extant and defunct. ZAPP collected zines, comics, chapbooks, pamphlets, mail art, and other not-so-easily classified independent publications for preservation and display. Through March 2014, ZAPP was a program of the Richard Hugo House, located at 1634 11th Ave in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. From early 2014 to April 1st, 2017, ZAPP operated as an independent nonprofit organization with it's collection in storage. In 2016, Richard Hugo House chose to give maintenance and ownership of the archive over to Seattle Public Library. In August 2017 the Seattle Public Library formally announced it had acquired ZAPP's zine collection and had plans to archive, catalog and grant the public access to the zines again.


ZAPP's collection

ZAPP was started in 1996 with the personal collections of Gary Greaves and Chuck Swain. The collection grew to more than 30,000 items (of which over 25,000 are unique items), making it one of the largest zine collections in the world.

Holdings from the archives include science fiction fanzines from the 1940s through modern donations. ZAPP has a strong Riot Grrrl collection, as well as a focus on zines from the Pacific Northwest.


ZAPP held a number of classes, gallery exhibits, and other events throughout the year for both youth and adult audiences.

  • DIY Academy was a series of low cost workshops which encouraged people to learn from other people within their communities, make connections, and most of all claim back to power of being able to do it themselves. The second annual DIY Academy was held in July 2006.
  • The first Zine Librarian (Un)Conference was hosted by ZAPP on March 14-March 15, 2009. Zine librarians, collectors, and creators from across the United States participated in a series of open workshops and facilitated discussions. Topics included the challenges of cataloging, organizing, and promoting zine collections.


ZAPP's collection has been in storage for years, but now that it has been acquired by the Seattle Public Library, there are plans to make the collection once again browsable.

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