Department

(1) For an organizational section of a convention, see Area.

(2) A section of a prozine or fanzine.

from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
Every magazine must have departments, and some, both in the pro and in the fan fields, have become overloaded with them. They include the editorial, the contents page, a letter section, reviews of proz and fanzines, artistic and argumentative quotations, and various columns and polls. However, articles with titles such as "Two Letters from Harry Schmarje Dept" are actually a peculiar form of humor, it being understood that the item is not a department and will not recur.
from Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944
Every magazine must have departments, and some, both in the pro and in the fan field, have become overloaded with them. They include the editorial, the contents page, a letter section, reviews of pro and fanzines, and artistic and argumentative quotations, and various columns and polls.

Articles with titles such as "Two Letters from Harry Schmarje Dept" are a peculiar form of humor, it being understood that the item is not a department and will never recur.