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Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection
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  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement Note
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Source of Acquisition
  • Accruals and Additions
  • Related Materials
  • Preferred Citation
  • Other Descriptive Information

  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
    Title: Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS-0506
    Physical Description: 19.25 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1934-
    Language of Material: English .

    Scope and Contents

    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.

    Arrangement Note

    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

    Conditions Governing Use

    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.

    Source of Acquisition

    Multiple donors

    Accruals and Additions


    Related Materials

    Richard Alf Papers
    Donna Barr Papers

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [folder title], [box number], Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

    Other Descriptive Information

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Fans (Persons)--United States--California
    Comic books, strips, etc.--Collectors and collecting
    Science fiction--Collectors and collecting
    Comic books, strips, etc.--Periodicals
    Science fiction, American--History and criticism--Sources
    Science fiction--Periodicals