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Rhonda Kauffman Zine Collection

 Collection — Container: 2019-0154_01
Identifier: 2019-0154

Scope and Contents

Riot Grrrl zines and ephemera from the 1990s to the 2010s, some authored by Rhonda Kauffman (Bloom) and her daughter. Zines also contain personal correspondence between zine authors and include their mailing envelopes and inserts. Collection also contains materials from Rhonda and her husband, Christian Tryon, containing photographs, correspondence, show fliers from Connecticut, comics, and record distribution catalogs .


  • Majority of material found within 1994 - 2019

Biographical / Historical

Rhonda Kauffman grew up in Willington and Mansfield, Connecticut, attended E.O. Smith High School and received her bachelor of arts in Psychology from the University of Connecticut (CLAS '03). Rhonda created zines in the 1990s and traded them with fellow zinesters in the area and through interstate networks by mail. Rhonda continued to make zines throughout her adult life and as a metadata librarian holding positions at UConn Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Lehigh University, she has been active in zine cataloging and the Zine Librarian's Interest Group. She is also an adjunct professor at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she teaches a course in library technical services. Rhonda holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) from Long Island University’s Palmer School of Information Science. Her research interests include diversity, equity, and inclusion in library collections and technical services; and zine librarianship.

Christian Tryon received his BA (1996), MA (2000), and PhD (2003) from the University of Connecticut Anthropology Department. He pursued postdoctoral fellowships with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Sophia-Antipolis, France and at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, and served on the faculty at the George Washington University, New York University, and Harvard University before joining the UConn Athropology Department as a Professor in 2019.


1.5 Linear Feet : Zine construction varies from color and black & white photocopy paper to newsprint and hand crafted cut and paste elements.

Language of Materials


Rhonda Kauffman Zine Collection
Archives & Special collections staff
2019 November 22
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US