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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.


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[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 10: Exhibits and ConventionsAdd to your cart.
Box 57Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Comic-Con International: San Digo Souvenir Book" Comic-con International, publisher David Glanzer, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book" Comic-Con International, publisher David Glanzer, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book" Comic-Con International, publisher David Glanzer, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book" Comic-Con International, publisher David Glanzer, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "Comic-Con International: San Diego Events Guide" editor Jackie Estrada, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 18: "Intergalactic Dreaming" exhibit guide, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, 2016Add to your cart.
five duplicates
Folder 19: "Worldcon 76, San Jose" brochure, 2018Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "Worldcon 76, San Jose" registration flyer, 2018Add to your cart.
Box 59Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Loscon XXXV: A Funny thing happened on the way to the Loscon" program, Joyce Hooper & Cathy Beckstead, Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 2: International Antiquarian Book Fair exhibit guides, 1981, 1982, 1984Add to your cart.
Box 61Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Nuremberg Chronicle Notes" by Horace L. Dodd, printed for a joint meeting of the National Amateur Printers Association and The Printing History Association, 1997 OctoberAdd to your cart.

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[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],
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