The Zine Thesaurus is a set of subject terms that can be used to catalogue zines and other alternative or radical materials. It is used in the Anchor Archive catalogue and by many zine libraries and collections around the world. It is designed to be accessible, with language that typical zine readers would use to search for content. We strive to include up-to-date terminology used by radical communities to refer to people, places, concepts, and movements.
The Zine Thesaurus was created in 2008 by librarian and zine-maker Amanda Stevens and the zine cataloguers at the Anchor Archive Zine Library. It is now maintained and updated by a volunteer editorial board of zine librarians. Contact us if you want to get involved.
Language is ever changing and evolving and can mean different things to different people. We welcome your feedback and suggestions on the choice of terms, relationships between terms, and missing terms. Send suggestions to anchorarchive @ gmail.com.
The Thesaurus is also in the midst of being developed. COMING SOON! There will be easy ways to contribute new terms, download terms, membership system to support the thesaurus, improved thesaurus display, and policies on how terms are chosen and relationships created.