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Heath Row Amateur Press Association Collection
MsC 364
Collection Dates: 1934-2010

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Acquisition and Processing Information: This collection was initially donated by Heath Row in February 2010. Materials continue to be donated by Row periodically.

Photographs: None









Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a number of different materials relating to Heath Row's interests in amateur journalism ("ajay") and his membership in a number of amateur press associations ("apas").

Series I consists of amateur press association (apa) publication collations, or 'bundles' sent to apa members at regular intervals. In most apas, members submit copies of their publications to an Official Mailer (or Editor, who then collates the materials into 'bundles' and sends them to the membership so that each member has a copy of whatever publication the other members choose to print and distribute. The Row Collection organizes its bundles alphabetically by the name of the apa, and thereunder chronologically by the date sent. Oversize materials from each bundle have been unfolded and placed behind the smaller materials in the bundle - in folders that have bundles with oversize materials, these large and unfolded materials serve as the boundary between individual bundles.

The Row Collection contains bundles for several ajay apas - the American Amateur Press Association (AAPA) and the National Amateur Press Association (NAPA). There are also collated publications for a number of different genre apas.

Series II consists almost entirely of the official organizational publications issued by AAPA and UAPA (the United Amateur Press Association of America, another general interest ajay association).

Series III contains various ajay publications unattached to any particular bundle or collation. These items are arranged alphabetically by the title of the publication.

Series IV consists of correspondence sent to Row from ajay friends and colleagues, as well as any miscellaneous items that may not fit logically into one of the preceding series.


Biographical Note

Heath Row is a zine author, editor and reviewer living in Los Angeles, CA. He has participated in the world of zines and other DIY media since 1988. Over the years, he has published or contributed to zines such as No Drama, Blow, Fifth Man, Karma Lapel (and KL-chan), Media Diet, Hedge Trimmings, Stafficidal Tendencies, Raasochomix, Brooklyn!, and Flower. He also reviews zines for Zine World, as well as poetry for Small Press Review.

Row is also heavily involved in the amateur journalism community, and is a member of a number of different apas. These include Alarums and Excursions, the American Amateur Press Association (AAPA), The Conncection, ERBAPA, the Fantasy Amateur Press Association (FAPA), the National Amateur Press Association (NAPA), the Neffer Amateur Press Alliance (N'APA),and Slanapa. He is the current editor of .zap!!, the apa devoted to zines and DIY media.

Historical Note

The term "apa" refers to an Amateur Press Association. An amateur press association is a group of like-minded people, distributed across a wide geographical area, who join together to discuss common interests using the forum of a collated series ("bundles") of individually printed publications. Apas originally came into existence in the late 19th century through the efforts of amateur journalists. However, starting in the early 20th century, apas came to be primarily associated with science fiction, fantasy, and other genre fans.

Publications in apas vary widely, and may include zines, flyers, handbills, advertisements, signs, broadsides, and virtually any other sort of printed publication one could imagine. Genre apas tend to focus more on zines. Apa members submit copies of their publications to the apa's Official Mailer (sometimes known as a Central Mailer or an Official Editor), a rotating, often elective position. The OM collates a copy of each publication - submitted at regular intervals - and sends the resulting bundles to every apa member.

Most apas require members to submit a minimum amount of material in a specified format to a specified number of mailings. This minimum activity (or "minac") is usually specified by the OE and/or the established rules of the apa. Most apas also require each member to maintain a credit balance in a central funds account to cover common reproduction costs and postage.

Apas that require members to submit multiple copies of their contribution usually set a limit to the number of members and run a waiting list if necessary. In many cases people on the waiting list are permitted to contribute to mailings and may receive excess apazines provided by the members. Occasionally apas are formed by waiting list members who are tired of the wait.


The apazines in the Heath Row Collection comprise a number of different topics, including general "ajay" as well as more specific genre topics. The subjects given below are sometimes, though not always, those with which the associated apa explicitly identified itself.

American Amateur Press Association: General interest ajay association. The AAPA's official organ is the American Amateur Journalist.

Alarums and Excursions: Role-playing games

Apa-L: Science fiction (Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society)

Cartoon Loonacy: Cartooning

Comicopia: Comic books

The Connection: Science fiction

Dapper: General interest (Dutch Amateur People's Press Energetically Reproducing)

ERBAPA: The literary works of Edgar Rice Burroughs

Interlac: The Legion of Super-Heroes (DC Comics)

LASFAPA: Science fiction (Los Angeles Scientifiction Fans' Amateur Press Association)

Marvel Zombie Society (MVS) APA: Comic books

National Amateur Press Association: General interest ajay association

N'APA: Science fiction (National Fantasy Fan Federation/Neffer Amateur Press Alliance)

Passions: General interest

Phoenix: Science fiction

REHupa: The literary works of Robert E. Howard

Slanapa: Science fiction (Slanderous Amateur Press Association)

Stipple Apa: Science fiction

United Amateur Press Association of America : General interest ajay association. UAPA's official organ is the United Amateur.

WAPA: Science fiction and fantasy (Western Amateur Press Association)

.zap!!: Originally devoted to the alt.zines Usenet newsgroup, now concerned with zines, DIY media, and general interest ajay

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HORVAT, M. The M. Horvat Collection of Genre Apazines, 1943, 1945, 1958-2002.
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MILLER, GUY. Guy Miller Amateur Printing Collection, 1934 - 1989. 0.8 ft.

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RUBEN, ELLIOTT M., 1916-2009. Elliott M. Ruben Amateur Press Association Collection, 1926-2009. 30 ft.

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TURNEPSEED, WILLAMETTA, 1909-1989. Papers of Burton Jay Smith and Willametta Turnepseed, 1941-1944. 0.8 ft.

Correspondence, chiefly love letters, between amateur printers Smith and Turnepseed, together with a few additional materials, including copies of their co-edited Literary Newsette. Many of Smith's letters document his activities training as a navigator in the United States Army Air Force, 1943-1944. MsC868. (Finding Aid)


Box Contents List

Note that each individual row in the boxlist represents an individual folder.

Series I: Apas

Box 1

American Amateur Press Association (AAPA)

March and April 2009 Bundles

May and June 2009 Bundles

July 2009 Bundle

Alarums and Excursions

#400 - 403 (January-April 2009)

#404 - 407 (May- August 2009)


#2276 (December 25, 2008)

Cartoon Loonacy

#94 (Spring 2008?), #96 (Fall 2008?)


#76 (April 2003); #108 (August 2008)

The Connection

#306 - 310 (November 2008-June 2009) [Erwin S. Strauss, ed.]


#103 (January 2009)

#99 (Autumn 2008)

#100 (Winter 2009)

#101 (Spring 2009)


#196 (Winter 2008?)


#387 (December 12, 2008)

Marvel Zombie Society (MVS) APA

#245 (November 2008)

National Amateur Press Association (NAPA)

January and February 2009 Bundles

June, July and August 2009 Bundles

June - August 2009 Bundles [Incomplete]

September - November 2009 Bundles

December 2009 Bundle

September - December 2009 Bundles [Incomplete]

August - September 2010 Bundles

October - November 2010 Bundles

Box 2

Series I: Apas (Continued)

National Amateur Press Association (NAPA)

December 2010 Bundle

Neffer Amateur Press Alliance (N'APA)

#197 (May 2009)


#45 (August 2006)


#46 (June 2008), #48 (December 2008)


#213 (October 2008)


#462 (July 2008)

#469 - 472 (February-May 2009)

#484 (May 2010), #489 (October 2010)

Stipple Apa

#243 (January 2009)


#181 (November 2008)


#5 - 6 (Spring-Summer 2009; #6 incomplete) [Heath Row, ed.]

#7 (Spring 2010) [Masters]

Series II: Official Organs

American Amateur Journalist (American Amateur Press Association)

Vol. 1 #1(February 1937), #3 - 4 (August-October 1937)

Vol. 3 #1 - 3 (January- May/June 1939), #5 - 6 (September/October-December 1939)

1942 (except vol. 6 #4), 1943 (vol. 7 #4 only), 1944 (except April), 1945 (except February)

1946 - 1948

1949 - 1952

1953 (except November), 1954 (except May), 1955 - 1956

1957, 1958 (May - September), 1959 (May/June, November/December)

1960 (July/August/September/October - November/December), 1961 (except January/February), 1962 (Jan/Feb - March/April, November)

1963 - 1966

1967 - 1970

1971 - 1974

American Amateur Journalist (American Amateur Press Association)

1975, 1976 (except January, May), 1977 (except July - September), 1978 (except May)

1979, 1980 (January, May, September), 1981 (except January), 1982

1983 - 1984, 1985 (except January, September)

Box 3

Series II: Official Organs (continued)

American Amateur Journalist (American Amateur Press Association)

1986 (except January), 1987 - 1988

1989 - 1990, 1991 (except May)

1992 - 1994

1995 - 1996, 1997 (except September)

1998 - 1999, 2000 (except January, May)

2001 - 2002, 2003 (except November)

2005 (November), 2006 - 2007

2008 (except November)

The Fossil (The Fossils, Inc.: Historians of Amateur Journalism)

#337 - 339 (July 2008 - January 2009)

United Amateur Journalist (United Amateur Press Association of America)

September - October 1948, December 1948, February 1949

United Amateur (United Amateur Press Association of America)

February 1953, May 1953, Jan/Feb 1966, Sept/Oct - Nov/Dec 1966, Jan/Feb - Mar/Apr 1967, July/Aug - Sept 1967, Jan/Feb - Mar/Apr 1968, Sept/Oct 1971

Series III: Assorted Publications

The Boxwooder #439 (February 2006), #479 - 480 (June - July 2009), #482 - 484(September - November 2009) [Jake Warner, ed.]

Boys' Chum: The Boys' Magazine of Tomorrow vol. 5 #35 - 40 (May 1934-March 1935)

Boys' Chum: The Boys' Magazine of Tomorrow vol. 6 #42 - 46 (July 1935-March/April 1936)

Boys' Chum: The Boys' Magazine of Tomorrow vol. 7 #1 - 9 (June 1936-February 1937)

The Buck Creek Press #60 - 61 (September - December 2009) [Dereck Williamson, ed.]

Camel Press Publications, 1988, 1993, 1999 - 2001, n.d. [James Hedges, pub.]

impressions by Hal #1 (August 2002), #12 (October 2003), #14 (December 2003), #20 (June 2004), #27 (February 2005), #34 (September 2005), #41 (April 2006), #58 (November 2007), #68 (September 2008)

It Goes On The Shelf #30 (November 2008) [Ned Brooks, ed.]

Ka-Pow! #101 (Fall 1994) [Ken Davis, ed.]

Ka-Pow! and The Paperweight #102 (Winter 1995) [Ken Davis, ed.]

Ka-Pow! and Ken's Paperweight #107 (Fall 1997) [Ken Davis, ed.]

The Ken Chronicles #10 (February 2009) [Ken Bausert, ed.]

Ken's Paperweight #103 - 104 (Spring 1995-Winter 1995) [Ken Davis, ed.]

The Kitchen Stove #103 (December 2009) [Guy Miller, ed.]

Lake Effect #18 (August 2009) [Arie C. Koelewyn, ed.]

Mambrino's Golden Helmet #21 - 27 (Oct/Nov 2007 - Oct/Nov 2008), #34 (December 2009/January 2010) [Harold W. Chesney, Jr., ed.]

The New Port News #244 (February 2009) [Ned Brooks, ed.]

The Offshoot #38 - 39 (June - September 2009) [David L. Warner, ed.]

Ohkee-Doekee #46 (2009), #48 (2009) [Dave Schwartz, ed.]

Opuntia #65.5 (August 2008), #67 - 67.1B (January-February 2009) [Dale Speirs, ed.]

Pennant Bravo (December 2009) [John R. Lackey, auth.]

Squawks of Whizdom #49 (November 2009) [Robert F. Nelson, ed.]

3-5-0-0 #452 (April 2009) [Jerry and Anita Lapidus, ed.]

Vanamonde #783 - 787 (May 27-June 24, 2008), #839 (June 23, 2009) [John Hertz, ed.]

Wingspread Mobile Home Park, assorted issues for 2008 - 2009 [Kent Clair Chamberlain, ed.]


Series IV: Miscellaneous

Correspondence, 2009 - 2010

The Fossils By-Laws (Revised), 2006

The 1997-1998 New Moon Directory #9 (October 2009) [Eric L. Watts, ed.]