It's been four years since Lee Hawes, "Mr. AAPA," died on May 18, 2013. The world of amateur journalism lost a talented writer, award-winning publisher, amateur journalism historian, AAPA office holder, and congenial host of conventions and regional meetings.
AAPA, other amateur journalism groups, and individual contributors have donated over $14,000 to establish the Leland M. Hawes, Jr. Memorial Endowment Fund for the Library of Amateur Journalism as part of the University of Wisconsin Foundation. The Library, housed at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, is the world's largest collection of amateur journals and is open to scholars and researchers. The Fossils, the historians of amateur journalism, has created a page explaining how to support the Library of Amateur Journalism, including making a donation to the Hawes fund.
Amateur journalism is a unique activity. Amateur journalists publish journals on paper & online & come from many perspectives: from deluxe letterpress printed journals, to Xeroxed newsletters, to artistically designed cards and ephemera. We embrace the spirit of being amateurs – loving what we do for pure joy and not financial gain – while creating top quality journals, zines, and homemade publications.