Zine Archive and Publishing Project

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The Zine Archive & Publishing Project (ZAPP) exists to validate independent publications (extant and defunct, past and present), to promote the perpetuation of the art form, and to champion freedom of speech and creative cultural evolution. ZAPP collects zines, comics, chapbooks, pamphlets, journals, gazettes, city papers, mail art, monographs, short anthologies, personal transmissions, and other not-so-easily classified independent publications for preservation and display. ZAPP is a program of the Richard Hugo House, located at 1634 11th Ave in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.


ZAPP holds a number of classes and 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 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 was started in the mid 1990s with the personal collections of Gary Greaves and Chuck Swain. After closure and moving of the stacks in 2007, ZAPP was reopened with regular open hours in September 2008.

Holdings from the archives include science fiction fanzines from the 1940s through current day donations.


ZAPP is not a lending library, however, the collection may be browsed during open hours.

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