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Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection, 1934- | Special Collections & University Archives

By Anna Culbertson

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Collection Overview

Title: Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection, 1934-Add to your cart.

Extent: 19.25 Linear Feet


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

Date Acquired: 00/00/2004. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: 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: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Subject/Index Terms

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

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2004-present

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 Source: Multiple donors

Related Materials:

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

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

Preferred Citation: [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 Revision History: Partially assembled in 2014 from materials formerly described in the San Diego Vertical File, series 47 "Comic-Con" (MS-0227). Fanzines added in 2016.

Other Note: Additions are current and ongoing. Special thanks to Martha Alf, Dan Hager, Anna Culbertson, Larry McCaffery, Rebecca Neely, Walt Fisher, Robert Osborn, Jack Sword, Joan Goodwin, Markel Tumlin and others for their generous donations.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: San Diego Comic-Con, International],
[Series 2: Other conferences and conventions],
[Series 3: Education and scholarship],
[Series 4: Professional organizations],
[Series 5: Fandom periodicals],
[Series 6: Ephemera],
[Series 7: Artwork and photographs],
[Series 8: Memorabilia],

Series 3: Education and scholarshipAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Promotional literatureAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Academic Publications and JournalsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Collections and MuseumsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Degree Programs and ConcentrationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Fundraising and OutreachAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Essays and articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Beda, Greg. Comic Art as Medicine [typescript], 1996Add to your cart.
"A thesis presented to the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, San Diego State University"
Folder 13: Berk, Jon. [Essays]Add to your cart.
Eleven undated essays about comics and collecting

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: San Diego Comic-Con, International],
[Series 2: Other conferences and conventions],
[Series 3: Education and scholarship],
[Series 4: Professional organizations],
[Series 5: Fandom periodicals],
[Series 6: Ephemera],
[Series 7: Artwork and photographs],
[Series 8: Memorabilia],

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