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The Fossils

The Historians of Amateur Journalism

The Fossils is a non-profit organization whose purposes are to stimulate interest in and preserve the history of independent publishing, either separate from or organized in the hobby known as “Amateur Journalism,” and to foster the practices of amateur journalism.

To this end, The Fossils preserved the Library of Amateur Journalism (LAJ), a repository of amateur papers and memorabilia dating from the 1850s, acquired in 1916 and donated in 2004 to the Special Collections Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and located in Memorial Library.

The Fossils encourages financial donations to support the LAJ.

Individuals or institutions allied with our goals are invited to join The Fossils. Dues are $15 annually, or $20 for joint membership of husband and wife. Annual subscription to The Fossil without privileges of membership is $10.

You can read the By-Laws of The Fossils (PDF file format -- Adobe Reader required).

NEW: A scan of the article "The Phenomenon of H.P.L., a ten-page biography of H. P. Lovecraft by Helen V. Wesson originally published in The Fossil for July 1957.

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