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Guide to the Outpunk Archive, 1989-1998 MSS.297

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Collection processed by Rosemary K. J. Davis

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 21, 2017
Finding aid written in English

 Record edited by Rachel Searcy to reflect incorporation of 2017 accretion  , July 2017

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wobensmith, Matt
Creator: Outpunk
Title: Outpunk Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1989-1998
Abstract: Founded by Matt Wobensmith, Outpunk was both a zine, published from 1992-1997, and a queercore record label, releasing music from 1992-1998. This collection contains original masters for almost all of the Outpunk zines, as well as a wide variety of documentation about the bands represented by the Outpunk label, including posters, fliers, photographs, and audio recordings.
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet in 5 manuscript boxes, 2 small flat boxes, and 1 oversize flat box
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MSS.297

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Biographical/Historical note

In the early 1990s, the queercore movement was small and largely underground. Matt Wobensmith's writing on the subject, along with his subsequent foray into making queercore music more widely available, gave the movement a more public voice.

Inspired by the Riot Grrrl movement, Wobensmith latched on to the burgeoning DIY culture and translated it into an exploration of the styles, trends, and sounds of the queer, hardcore community by publishing seven issues of the Outpunk zine between 1992-1997. Outpunk zines discussed queer culture, punk rock music, sexual politics, the gay skinhead movement, and feminism.

As a record label, Outpunk provided exposure to queer-focused bands including Tribe 8, Pansy Division, the Mukilteo Fairies, Cypher in the Snow, Sta-Prest, and Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live.

After ending both the zine and the record label in the late 1990s, Matt Wobensmith remained involved with zine culture. Today he owns and operates Goteblüd, a zine store and archive in San Francisco.

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Scope and Content

The Outpunk Archive contains paper files, photographs and audio recordings relating to both Outpunk the zine and Outpunk, the queercore music label. These files include original artwork and flats for Outpunk zines; some administrative records; correspondence between the founder, Matt Wobensmith, and other artists; photographs of artists; copies of Outpunk record releases; and miscellaneous materials that arrived with the collection.

Arrangement

Collection is arranged into three series: I. Zines, II. Music, III. Phonograph Records, and IV. Ephemera and Objects. Some series have been further arranged into subseries.

Items have been arranged with the original order kept intact; the only exceptions are oversized and dimensional materials, which are housed in separate containers.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Wobensmith, Matt

Document Type

  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • T-shirts.
  • Photographs
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Phonograph records.

Subject Organizations

  • Outpunk
  • Tribe 8 (Musical group)

Subject Topics

  • Riot grrrl movement.
  • Punk rock music.
  • Zines.
  • Punk culture.
  • Lesbian musicians
  • Gay musicians
  • Sexual minorities -- Identity

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Outpunk Archive; MSS 297; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audio materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Outpunk Archive was donated by Matt Wobensmith in 2010, with an accretion to the collection donated in February 2017. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 2010.297 and 2017.086, respectively.

Processing Information

Decisions concerning the arrangement, description, and physical interventions taken on this collection prior to 2017 have not yet been recorded. In 2017 an accretion of photographs was accessioned, rehoused in archival boxes and folders, and intellectually incorporated into the collection's Series 2.C. in accordance with the existing series structure.

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Container List

Series I: Zines

Scope and Contents

This series contains original flats (master copies) and finished copies of zines created by Matt Wobensmith, as well as some others submitted for distribution by Outpunk.

Subseries A: Outpunk Issues

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Outpunk #1
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Outpunk #1 Original Flat
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Outpunk #2/Fembot
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Outpunk #2 Original Flat
1993
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Outpunk #2 1/2
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Outpunk #2 1/2 Original Flat
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Outpunk #3
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Outpunk #3 Original Flat
1994
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Outpunk #5
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Outpunk #5 Art/Design
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Outpunk #6
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Outpunk #7
1997
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Outpunk Zine Invoices & Correspondence
1992-2000

Subseries B: Other Zines

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 14 "Victoria's Secret Riot Presents Club Death" Original Flat
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Now I Don the Mask of Melancholy #4
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 1 The GSM #4 Original Flat
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 2 The Gaybee III Original Flat
undated

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Series II: Music

Scope and Contents

This series contains documentation, photography, invoices, and correspondence pertaining to bands whose work was distributed by or related to the Outpunk label. Bands include Tribe 8, Team Dresch, Pansy Division, God is My Co-Pilot, and Cyryus.

Subseries A: Bands and Promo Materials

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Outpunk Contracts
1993-2003
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Tribe 8
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Tribe 8 Press Kit
1993-1994
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Tribe 8 /Out13 7"/CD5
1994
Box: 2 Folder : 7 God is My Co-Pilot
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 OPD Lyrics, Graphics, Photos
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Hyperdrive Kittens
1993
Box: 2 Folder : 10 There's a Dyke in the Pit Promo Materials
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Cyryus
1995-1997
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Sta-Prest Press
1998
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Tribute to Outpunk Flier
2003
Box: 2 Folder : 14 BTPNLSL Press
1996-1997
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Band Photos
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 16 General Outpunk Press
1993-1995
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Miscellaneous Handbills & Promo Materials
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Misc. Fliers, Clippings, Etc. [1 of 2]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Misc. Fliers, Clippings, Etc. [2 of 2]
undated

Subseries B: Miscellaneous Documentation and Articles

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 4 QC 101
1998
Box: 3 Folder : 5 QC 102
1998
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Dirty Bird '96
1996
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Gay Hip Hop Articles
1996-1998
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Misc Articles [1 of 2]
2003-2005
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Misc Articles [2 of 2]
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Fliers
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 2 M. W. Press [1 of 2]
1992-2002
Box: 4 Folder : 3 M. W. Press [2 of 2]
1992-2002
Box: 4 Folder : 4 M. W. Address/Note Book
undated

Subseries C: Miscellaneous Photos

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Miscellaneous Photos [1 of 2]
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Miscellaneous Photos [2 of 2]
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 1-8 2017 Accretion: Photographs
circa 1990s

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Series III: Phonograph Records

Conditions Governing Access

Audio materials are not accessible for listening.

Scope and Contents

This series contains albums released by the Outpunk label. Bands include Tribe 8, Cypher in the Snow, God is My Co-Pilot, Hyperdrive Kittens, Pansy Division, and Sta-Prest.

Subseries A: Originals

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 4 Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live 7" EP
1995
Box: 4 Cypher in the Snow "Badass" 7" EP (Test Pressing)
undated
Box: 4 God is My Co-Pilot/Fifth Column "Don't" 7" EP test pressing
undated
Box: 4 Hyperdrive Kittens "Rock 'n' Roll Drag Queen" 7" EP
undated
Box: 4 The Need 7" EP test pressing
1997
Box: 4 The Mukilteo Fairies "Closet Check" 7" EPs
undated
Box: 4 Pansy Division "Bill & Ted's Homosexual Adventure" 7" EP test pressing
1992
Box: 4 Pansy Division "Nine Inch Males" 7" EP
undated
Box: 4 Sta-Prest "Let's Be Friendly with Our Friends" 7" EP and test pressing
undated
Box: 4 Sta-Prest "Vespa Sex" 7" EP
undated
Box: 4 Team Dresch "the new TEAM DRESCH v. 6.0 beta" 7" EP test pressing
undated
Box: 4 "There's a Dyke in the Pit" 7" Compilation EP
undated
Box: 4 "There's a Dyke in the Pit" 7" Compilation EP test pressing
undated
Box: 4 "There's a Faggot in the Pit" 7" Compilation EP
1991
Box: 4 Tribe 8 self-titled 7" EP
1994

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Series IV: Ephemera and Objects

Scope and Contents

This series contains oversize photography, posters, and artwork, as well as a collection of band t-shirts and a skateboard.

Subseries A: Fliers, Clippings, Photos, and Artwork

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials (31142054892479)) Misc. Clippings, Fliers, Etc.
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 9 (Mixed Materials)
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Photography
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Posters
undated
Box: 8 Tribe 8 Poster Mounted on Foam Core
undated

Subseries B: T-shirts and Artifacts

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Object : ID: 297.2.0001 Pansy Division promotional box
undated
Box: 5 Object : ID: 297.2.0002 Punk Beat "Where the Boys Are" t-shirt
undated
Box: 5 Object : ID: 297.2.0003 God is My Co-Pilot "make Queer theory" t-shirt
undated
Box: 5 Object : ID: 297.2.0004 The Mukilteo Fairies t-shirt
undated
Box: 5 Object : ID: 297.2.0005 Tribe 8 t-shirt
undated
Box: 6 Object : ID: 297.2.0006 Brat Attack "Bad Girls Rule" t-shirt
undated
Box: 6 Object : ID: 297.2.0007 Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live t-shirt
undated
Box: 6 Object : ID: 297.2.0008 Sta-Prest "In Control of Your Comfort" t-shirt
undated
Box: 7 Object : ID: 297.2.0009 Behead the Prophet dress shirt with tie
undated
Oversize: ID: 297.2.0010 Skateboard
undated

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