The Bingham Center's collection of zines created by women, girls, and women-identified people began when Sarah Dyer gave her collection of over 1,000 zines in the year 2000. Dyer collected zines for her Action Girl Newsletter, a networking publication for women’s comics and zines. Sarah Dyer has written an essay, "A Brief History of My Life in Zines," about how she became a zine producer and collector and why she donated her collection to Duke University. Since Dyer’s initial donation, many more authors and collectors have helped expand our collection to over 6,000 zines, with a majority dating from 1990-2005.
Zines are often thought of as a phenomena of the 1990s, but they have a rich history in the context of self-publishing. Laura van Leuven at UNC Chapel Hill's Rare Book Library explores their history in a blog post "A Brief History of Zines."
Adapted and expanded from a timeline by Doug Blandy by Kelly Wooten; interactive timeline created by Michelle Runyon.