Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection, 1934-
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Brief Description: The Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection consists of publications, ephemera, memorabilia and artwork acquired from 2004- at various comics and science fiction conventions and conferences in the Southern California region, particularly San Diego Comic-Con International. Promotional literature for related degree programs and centers around the country, as well as programs for academic conferences, document a rise in popular arts studies over the past decade, while a substantial collection of promotional ephemera and memorabilia demonstrate the broad range and evolution of fandom that remains a hallmark of Southern California. A significant concentration of rare and early fanzines dating back to the 1930s reflects the evolution and involvement of the science fiction fandom community over the years. Additions are current and ongoing.
Held at:
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182 8050
Phone: 619-594-6791
Email: askscua [at]
Volume: 19.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 00/00/2004. 2004-present

I. San Diego Comic-Con, International

    1). Official publications

    2). Convention-related publications

II. Other conferences and conventions

III. Education and scholarship

    1). Promotional literature

    2). Essays and articles

IV. Professional organizations

V. Fandom periodicals

    1). Fanzines

    2). Specialty publications

VI. Ephemera

VII. Artwork and photographs

VIII. Memorabilia

Subject Index
Comic books, strips, etc.--Collectors and collecting
Comic books, strips, etc.--Periodicals
Fans (Persons)--United States--California
Science fiction, American--History and criticism--Sources
Science fiction--Collectors and collecting
Science fiction--Periodicals
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Spanish;Castilian [spa]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Notes: Multiple donors
Related Materials:

Richard Alf Papers, 1960-2011 (MS-0523)

Donna Barr Papers, 1963-2014 (MS-0072)

PreferredCitation: [identification of item], [folder title], [box number], Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Finding Aid Revisions: Partially assembled in 2014 from materials formerly described in the San Diego Vertical File, series 47 "Comic-Con" (MS-0227). Fanzines added in 2016.