Digitization of the Hevelin fanzines is underway!
We are beginning with the earliest fanzines, from the 1930′s-50′s. I took the first stack upstairs last week, and began photographing them with our preservation-quality digital camera and software.
These photos are a little foggy because they were taken in the darkroom in our preservation department. Our wonderful conservators created a special cradle just for the fanzines, built to accommodate all the anomalies specific to the medium, such as old staples, weak spines, and brittle paper. Thus, we can capture preservation-quality images while keeping the physical object safe.
The digital images will be stored on the library’s server. A select group of fans will then transcribe the fanzines, making them text searchable. This way, researchers and fans alike will be able to easily search the material. More information about the transcription project will be available in the months to come.
It is truly exciting to have this massive project underway!!