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Al Andrews Amateur Journalism Collection

Identifier: MSS-0016

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A very large collection of individually-produced fan magazines (fanzines), circular letters, and other related materials, principally of science fiction, by Alabama authors and artists. See the finding aid for a detailed inventory of the collections contents.


  • 1961-[2009]


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Biographical/Historical note

Birmingham science fiction fan and collector Al Andrews died on January 30, 1970, as the result of a fall, age 41. He was active in science fiction writing and fanzine collection and dissemination during the 1950s, both as an artist and a letter writer, and his interest and activities revived during the final year of his life. This collection of amateur fanzines and related publications was donated to the Hoole Special collections library in his memory.


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A very large collection of individually-produced fan magazines (fanzines or ‘zines), circular letters, and related materials, principally of science fiction fantasy subjects, named in honor of Birmingham native and science fiction artist, Al Andrews. See the finding aid for a detailed inventory of the contents of the collection.

Physical Location

These materials are stored at our off-site Archival Facility (AF) and may require up to two business days for retrieval and delivery for use in our Hoole Library reading room. Please email or call 205-348-0500 for more information.


Gift of Joe Moudry, Guy H. Lillan, III, and George Inzer.


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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266