The collection consists of the personal
and professional papers of science fiction and fantasy authors Poul and Karen Anderson.
These materials document the writing and publishing process and their involvement with the
science fiction community and other organizations such as the Society for Creative
Anachronism and Sherlockiana groups. Items in the collection include correspondence,
manuscript drafts, notes, diaries, personal records, artwork, memorabilia and ephemera from
various conventions and events.
Poul Anderson was born in Pennsylvania in 1926 to an American father and a Danish mother.
They lived in Texas until the death of his father in late 1937. After some time traveling
and a year and a half living in the Washington, D.C. area, Poul, his brother, and his mother
settled in Minnesota in 1939. Poul attended the University of Minnesota where he graduated
in 1948 with a degree in Physics. His first story was published in 1947 and he went on to
have a prolific and successful writing career. He was the President of the Science Fiction
Writers of America from 1972 to 1973 and was named a Grand Master in 1997. His works were
widely recognized across the profession and fandom, winning 7 Hugo awards, 3 Nebula awards,
a John Campbell Memorial award, and more. Poul's writings encompassed most of the
speculative spectrum including hard and soft science fiction; fantasy, folklore, and
mythology; and alternate and future history. His writing was consistently informed by his
love and knowledge of science, his Scandinavian heritage, as well as mythology and history.
Poul passed away in 2001.
52.5 linear feet
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