For 24 hours, starting at 10AM sharp on March 23, our brave Raiders of the Lost Archives will catalog thousands of rare and unusual titles from our archives of 40,000 zines.
Your chance comes at the second annual event called Raiders of the Lost Archives. Volunteers will scour boxes of uncounted zines stashed in the IPRC vaults on SE Division St. They will unearth issues that may have never been looked at since their doting editor last pulled them from the press -- a year? Five years? Twenty-five years ago?
This is modern archaeology in the world of zines. Which means you might find a treasure in this dusty hoard.
Do you enjoy the obscure? Your favorite rock band, bicycle trick, Portland Timbers trivia or whatever subject you thirst to learn moreabout is probably in here somewhere. The trick is to find it and catalog it. And you have 24 hours to do it.
The work is not difficult. Knowledge of the alphabet is helpful. Hands-on training in cataloging will be provided by the experienced Ms Lillian Monster, (title) at IPRC.
Volunteers will skim the contents of each zine, or read it all if desired. They will note the subject, year, publisher and all that kind of info.
Computers are here waiting for you, along with cardboard boxes of zines by the thousands.
All it takes is you. Of course, you can come do it solo but it probably will be more fun with friends. This naturally leads to competitions as to who can handle the most paper in 24 hours. Forget Hood to Coast, the Portland Marathon, dragon boating and all those exercises in physical endurance.
This competition requires no physical conditioning, and you can do it on beer, pizza and coffee (provided on site). It’s 24 hours of zine madness.
This second annual event demonstrates Portland’s love affair with paper and the printed word. Even in today’s satanic Internet era, many of them still turn the pages of small magazines or zines.
1001 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
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