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Jerry Pournelle papers
MS 198  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jerry Pournelle papers
    Date (inclusive): 1960-1982, undated
    Collection Number: MS 198
    Creator: Pournelle, Jerry, 1933-2017
    Extent: 5.0 linear feet (12 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection contains manuscripts, galley proofs,writings, notes and other material regarding Jerry Pournelle, an American Science Fiction author and journalist. Includes science fiction manuscripts with such themes as space, atlantis and more.
    Languages: The collection is in English.


    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Jerry Pournelle papers (MS 198). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Provenance unknown.

    Processing History

    Processed by Reajinae Jenkins, Student Processing Assistant, 2016.
    Processing of the Jerry Pournelle papers was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Bergis Jules, University and Political Papers Archivist, and Eric Milenkiewicz, Manuscripts Curator.

    Biographical Note

    Jerry Pournelle is an American science fiction author who was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1933. Pournelle served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Afterwards, he studied at the University of Washington and received a BS in psychology on June 11, 1955; an M.S. in psychology on March 21, 1958; and a PhD in political science in March 1964. Pournelle began writing science fiction stories in the 1960's and has gone on to write many more since then.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    This collection contains manuscripts, galley proofs, and other material regarding Jerry Pournelle, an American Science Fiction author and journalist. Materials document Pournelle's career as a science fiction author from the 60's until the 80's. Other materials such as research notes document Pournelle's methods when writing a number of his stories.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into three series as follows.
    • Series 1. Manuscripts, 1970-1982
    • Series 2. Galley proofs, undated
    • Series 3. Writings, notes, and other materials, 1969-1983

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Science fiction
    Science fiction -- Authorship

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Galley proofs