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Edward E. Marsh Ephemera Collection, 1930-2014 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Edward E. Marsh Ephemera Collection, 1930-2014Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Marsh, Edward E.

Extent: 142.98 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

I. Edward E. Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Library Binders

    1.) Ackerman, Forrest J.

    2.) Asimov, Isaac

    3.) Bradbury, Ray

    4.) Camp, L. Sprague de

    5.) Campbell Jr., John W.

    6.) Durant, Will

    7.) Heinlein, Robert A.

    8.) Herbert, Frank

    9.) Smith, E.E. "Doc"

    10.) Van Vogt, A.E.

    11.) Verne, Jules

    12.) Edward E. Marsh Library Binders (A-V)

II. Book Ephemera

III. Edward E. Marsh Author Library Binders

    1.) Churchill, Winston S. Library Binder

    2.) Hemingway, Ernest, The Old Man and the Sea

IV. Edward E. Marsh Artist Library Binders

    1.) Freas, Kelly Library Binder

V. Original Artwork

    1.) Portrait Paintings

    2.) Framed Artworks

    3.) Oversize Prints

VI. Sculptural Works

    1.) Portrait Busts

    2.) Published Book and Film Related

VII. Film Memorabilia and Collectibles

    1.) Battlefield Earth   

    2.) Blade Runner

    3.) Dune

    4.) Miscellaneous

VIII. Artifacts

IX. Awards

X. Exhibits and Conventions

XI. Catalogues and Bibliographies

XII. Audiovisual Materials

Date Acquired: 01/01/2013. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Hubbard, L. Ron (La Fayette Ron), 1911-1986, Marsh, Edward E., Science fiction--Collectors and collecting, Science fiction.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Edward E. Marsh Ephemera Collection is largely comprised of over 30 loose-leaf, matching leather binders of collected ephemera, pulps, magazines, art, and manuscripts from key figures in the development of the science fiction and pop culture, including Forrest J. Ackerman, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Jules Verne.  The collection also contains original artwork from prominent science fiction illustrators such as Kelly Freas, Frank Frazetta, and Gerry Grace as well as sculptural works by Anne Fewell.  Original limited ephemera from both film and literary works: Battlefield Earth, Dune, and Blade Runner are also included.

The collection is divided into nine series: Edward E. Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Library Binders, Ephemera Enclosures, Edward E. Marsh Author Library Binders, Edward E. Marsh Artist Library Binders, Original Artwork, Sculptural Works, Film Memorabilia and Collectibles, Artifacts, and Awards.

The Edward E. Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Library Binders are arranged alphabetically by author name with binder contents described at the item level and notes signed and limited edition copies. The binders highlight prominent Golden Age of Science Fiction authors and include serials and magazines, fanzine clippings, original manuscripts, photographs, and personal ephemera. Authors include Forrest J. Ackerman, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Will Durant, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert, and Jules Verne.

The Book Ephemera consists of various loose serials, news clippings, photographs, and other ephemera found in books within the Marsh Library. The items were removed from the cataloged monographs and arranged into a separate subseries.

The Edward E. Marsh Author Library Binders include materials collected in two subseries documenting Winston S. Churchill's writing, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940-1945 and 1951-1955; and Ernest Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea.  The Churchill items are biographical magazine articles and a binder from the Centenary Trust medals. The Old Man and the Sea subseries contains promotional materials related to the published book as well as the film adaptation.

The Edward E. Marsh Artist Library Binders contain artwork by science fiction illustrator Kelly Freas and others. The binders represent original pen and pencil sketch drawings, lithographic prints, and published magazine covers. The majority of the art is signed by Kelly Freas.

The Original Artwork series is arranged in three subseries: Portrait Paintings, Framed Artworks, and Oversize Prints.  The portrait paintings were commissioned works of prominent science fiction and fantasy authors, including many in the Marsh Library. The acrylic on canvas works were painted by Los Angeles artist, Anne Fewell and Judah Dobin.

The framed artworks are limited edition prints and off-set lithographs by well-known science fiction and fantasy artists as Frank Frazetta, Gerry Grace, Charles Wildbank, and Greg Winters. A large selection of the work are print rendition illustrations for L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth.

The oversize prints are unframed large format lithographs and prints by well-known science fiction illustration as Frank Frazetta, Gerry Grace, Shun Kijima, Gary Meyer, and Charles Wildbank.  Many of the prints are exclusive and limited edition illustrations for Battlefield Earth and Mission Earth.

The Sculptural Works series is arranged in two subseries: Portrait Busts and Published Books and Film Related.

The portrait busts are both life-size and small format original cast sculpture bust of prominent science fiction and fantasy authors in the Marsh Library.  Many of the busts are cast bronze pieces and rendered by Los Angeles artist Anne Fewell.  Also included are commissioned life-size portraits of Edward E. Marsh and L. Ron Hubbard. Unique pieces include a life mask of Forrest J. Ackerman and a marble resin bust of Robert Heinlein.

The other sculptural works are items from Battlefield Earth, including a bronze cast sculpture rendered after Frank Frazetta's illustration, "Man the Endangered Species".

Included in the Film Memorabilia and Collectibles series are ffive subseries: Battlefield Earth, Bladerunner, Dune, Miscellaneous, and The Edward E. Marsh Library Film Binders. Materials in these subseries include action figures, film props, and promotional materials related to the films. The film binders contain pictures, scripts, promotional matierials, DVDs, and soundtracks of a variety of films.

The subseries incorporates a wide range of objects and collectible material from well-known science fiction films.  The items are unique and range from replica film props, limited edition toys and games, and paper ephemera. Unique items include film prop knives used in Dune and an over life-size costume character statue of Terl from Battlefield Earth.

The Artifacts series contains items from prominent science fiction authors, including the leather briefcase of Will Durant and various E-meters conceptualized and manufactured by L. Ron Hubbard. E-meters are devices that record human electrodermal activity and are used extensively in the Church of Scientology.

The Awards series contains the Dissemination Edition bronze statue from the Printing Industries of America award presented to Edward E. Marsh, as well as awards presented to Forrest J Ackerman and Henry Mancini.

The Exhibits and Conventions series includes programs and guides from San Diego Comic Con and other conventions.

The series of Catalogues and Bibliographies includes catalogues from small bookstores across the United States, catalogues of major sales, and fan and bookstore directories.

The Audiovisual Materials series includes casettes and CDs of science fiction audiobooks, lectures, and radio shows, DVDs of science fiction movies and television shows, 35 mm slides showcasing the covers of science fiction magazines from 1909-1976, and vinyl records primarily of recordings of the music of Henry Mancini.

Biographical Note

Edward E. Marsh was born in San Francisco, CA in 1951. He was raised and educated in San Diego, attended San Diego State University his freshman year, and later pursued a career in real estate. He also joined the Church of Scientology and began collecting all things related to L. Ron Hubbard with a focus on science fiction. His Golden Age of Science Fiction collection includes complete works from well-known science fiction authors such as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, Robert Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells.

Subject/Index Terms

Hubbard, L. Ron (La Fayette Ron), 1911-1986
Marsh, Edward E.
Science fiction--Collectors and collecting
Science fiction.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2013-041

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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: Edward E. Marsh

Related Materials: For more information please see http://libpac.sdsu.edu/search/X?SEARCH=%28%22Edward%20E.%20Marsh%22%29&SORT=D&b=cdsc.

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Edward E. Marsh Ephemera Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Edward E. Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Library Binders],
[Series 2: Book Ephemera],
[Series 3: Edward E. Marsh Author Library Binders],
[Series 4: Edward E. Marsh Artist Library Binders],
[Series 5: Original Artwork],
[Series 6: Sculptural Works],
[Series 7: Film Memorabilia and Collectibles],
[Series 8: Artifacts],
[Series 9: Awards],
[Series 10: Exhibits and Conventions],
[Series 11: Catalogues and Bibliographies],
[Series 12: Audiovisual Materials],
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Series 6: Sculptural WorksAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Portrait BustsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Ackerman, Forrest J., cast resin life mask bust, Hollow-cast resin with dark “antique bronze” finish, Unmarked; one from an edition of eight castings, artist unknown, 14-1/2x14-3/4x8-1/4" [Location: Vault: 4410E], 2004Add to your cart.
Item 2: Bradbury, Ray, small bronze cast portrait bust of "Old Ray Bradbury", Signed and dated in the wax at back of neck; only one bronze was cast, chemically induced bright bronze patina with darkened texture; brown marble base, artist: Anne Fewell, Los Angeles, 6-1/8x4-5/8x5", plus base [Location: Vault: 4410E], 2012Add to your cart.
Item 3: Bradbury, Ray, small bronze portrait head of "Young Ray Bradbury" Signed and dated in the wax at back of neck; only one bronze was cast, chemically induced bright bronze patina with darkened texture; brown breccia marble base, artist: Anne Fewell, Los Angeles, 6x4-1/8x4-7/8", plus base [Location: Vault: 4410E], 2011Add to your cart.
Item 4: Campbell, John W., Jr., bronze cast portrait bust, Signed and dated in wax, one from an edition of two, Chemically induced medium dark bronze patina; brown breccia marble base, Signed by Anne Fewell, Los Angeles, inscribed with Marsh Library, 9-1/8x6-3/4x7-3/4," plus base [Location: SCUA Reading Room], 2007Add to your cart.
Item 5: Clarke, Arthur C., small bronze portrait bust from the "Golden Age Masters Series", Signed and dated in the wax at back of neck; only one bronze was cast, chemically induced medium bronze patina with darkened texture; brown marble base, artist: Anne Fewell, Los Angeles, 5-7/8x3-7/8x4-3/4" plus base [Location: Vault: 4410E], 2011Add to your cart.
Item 6: Durant, Will, bronze cast portrait bust, Signed and dated in wax, one from an edition of three, Bronze, chemically induced dark bronze patina; black marble base, Signed by Anne Fewell, inscribed with Marsh Library, 7-1/4x5-1/4x6-1/2," plus base [Location: SCUA Reading Room], 2005Add to your cart.
Item 7: Einstein, Albert, "The Pewter Edition" certified by Quality Collectibles, Inc., 29/100, 4x3.5x8" plated [Location: Vault: 4410E]Add to your cart.
Item 9: Heinlein, Robert A., red wax casting model portrait head from the "Golden Age Masters Series" Signed and dated in the wax at back of neck; only one bronze was cast; and this additional wax was produced by the foundry and hand-detailed by the artist, but not used for a casting, Brick red sculptor’s wax; wood base, artist: Anne Fewell, Los Angeles, 5-3/4x4x5", plus wood base [Location: Vault: 4410E], 2010Add to your cart.
Item 10: Hubbard, Elbert, cast bronze bookends (two), created by Nuart Creations, New York City, 6-1/2x3-3/4x5-1/4" [Location: Vault: 4410E], c. 1931Add to your cart.
Item 11: Hubbard, L. Ron, large bronze life portrait bust, Signature and date in wax, left rear shoulder rim; engraved brass title label on base: L. Ron Hubbard / Founder, artist: Coert Steynberg, 24-1/2x25-1/2x 13-1/2" plus base [Location: Basement 72], 1960Add to your cart.
Item 12: Hubbard, L. Ron, small bronze life portrait bust, Signature and date in wax on back of bust below neckline, cast and chased bronze, chemically induced dark gray-olive green patina; black        marble base, artist: Coert Steynberg, 8-3/8 x5-1/4x 4-3/4", plus base [Location: SCUA Reading Room], 1960Add to your cart.
Item 13: Hubbard, L. Ron, bronze portrait bust, as "Commodore," Signed and dated in wax, one from an edition of four, artist: Anne Fewell, Los Angeles, CA, 12-5/8x8-7/8x11", plus base [Location: Basement 42], 2005Add to your cart.
Item 14: Hubbard, L. Ron, bonded marble portrait bust with painted terra cotta finish, as "The Pulpster," Signed and dated in wax, one from an edition of six, Bonded marble, cast amber resin tinted spectacle lenses, oil-painted “terra cotta” finish applied by the artist; acrylic labels with typeset lettering, artist: Anne Fewell, Los Angeles, 12x7-1/2x 9-1/2" [Location: Vault: 4410E], 2012Add to your cart.
Item 15: Marsh, Edward E. Bust of Edward E. Marsh "The Curator". Terracotta. 1 of 3. 9-1/2x7x 6" [Location: SCUA Reading Room]Add to your cart.
Item 16: Van Vogt, A.E. (Alfred Elton), small bronze portrait bust from the "Golden Age Masters Series", Signed and dated in the wax at back of neck; induced medium bronze patina with darkened texture; brown marble base, artist: Anne Fewell, Los Angeles, 5-7/8x3-7/8x4-3/4" plus base [Location: Vault: 4410E], 2010Add to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Item 8: Heinlein, Robert A., solid Italian white marble resin bust, 10x7x10", artist: Maestro Armando Andante, commissioned by Edward E. Marsh [Location: Vault: 4410E], 2014Add to your cart.
Box 41Add to your cart.
Item 17: Verne, Jules, red wax casting model portrait head from the "Golden Age Masters Series" Signed and dated in the wax at back of neck; only one bronze was cast; and this additional wax was produced by the foundry and detailed by the artist, but not used for a casting, Brick red sculptor’s wax; wood base, artist: Anne Fewell, Los Angeles, 5-3/4x4x5", plus wood base [Location: Vault: 4410E], 2010Add to your cart.
Box 80Add to your cart.
Item 1: Freud, Sigmund, composite bust by Orlandi [location: basement 42]Add to your cart.
Item 2: Voltaire, composite bust after a sculpture by Jean-Antoine HoudonAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Pericles, museum replica of bust by G. Lioulias, painted bronzeAdd to your cart.
Box 81Add to your cart.
Item 19: Cicero, cast broze bust with brown patina panted on; separated from marble plinth [Location: Basement 42]Add to your cart.
Box 82Add to your cart.
Item 1: Hemmingway, Ernest, marble resin with base, by Anne Fewell, modeled after a bust in Hemmingway Square, Pampolona, Spain [Location: Basement 42]Add to your cart.
Item 2: Lincoln, Abraham, composite bust with incorporated base, issued by Austin Reproductions, #498 etched into back, 1964Add to your cart.
Item 3: Hemmingway, ErnestAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Published book and film relatedAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Battlefield Earth, bronze sculpture "Man the Endangered Species" Label on base. Edition number not marked on bronze, from a limited edition of 50 castings, per studio documentation, Cast bronze, chemically induced “antique bronze” patina in dark olive with pale green textured areas, lacquered wood base, engraved brass label, artist: Jeffery Scott, after Frank Frazetta (1928-2010); Gentle Giant Studios, Inc.,12-1/2x18x9", including wood base [Location: Computing Hub, Love Library], 2011Add to your cart.
Item 2: Metropolis, "Maschinemensch" robot, seated figure, painted silver cast resin, 3x5x10" [Location: SCUA Reading Room]Add to your cart.
Item 3: Mission Earth, artist's proof cast bronze and painted wood bookend, "Invader's Claw" logo image, Signed and dated in the wax on wrist, Lost-wax cast bronze, chemically induced bright bronze patina with darkened texture; lacquered wood base and back with faux-granite finish, artist: Anne Fewell, Los Angeles, 12x7-1/2x9-1/2" [Location: SCUA Reading Room], 1989Add to your cart.
Item 4: Pair of bronze-finished cast hydrocal "Recumbent Lion" bookends, L. Ron Hubbard Library, on end of integral base, Cast Hydrocal composition material, pigmented dark “gilt bronze” finish, artist unknown, Each: 8-3/8x8-7/8x7" [Location: Vault: 4410E], 1999Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Edward E. Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Library Binders],
[Series 2: Book Ephemera],
[Series 3: Edward E. Marsh Author Library Binders],
[Series 4: Edward E. Marsh Artist Library Binders],
[Series 5: Original Artwork],
[Series 6: Sculptural Works],
[Series 7: Film Memorabilia and Collectibles],
[Series 8: Artifacts],
[Series 9: Awards],
[Series 10: Exhibits and Conventions],
[Series 11: Catalogues and Bibliographies],
[Series 12: Audiovisual Materials],
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