Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Golden Age Sci-Fi mss., 1935-1956, consist of revised and copy-edited typescripts, galley proofs, and correspondence for approximately fifty original short stories and novellas from the "Golden Age of Science Fiction" published in Galaxy, Beyond Fantasy Fiction, Other Worlds, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Unknown Worlds, Universe Science Fiction, IF, and other magazines.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Writings; II. Transcripts--Radio; III. Correspondence.

Writings contain drafts and proofs of stories and novellas by authors including: Poul Anderson, Stephen Arr, E. B. Battles, Eando Binder, James Blish, Robert Bloch, Anthony Boucher, Robin Brown (Robert Zacks), Algis Budrys, Cleve Cartmill, Alan Cogan, Groff Conklin, William Crawford, George Damler, Charles V. De Vet, Miriam Allen DeFord, Charles Dye, Daniel P. Galouye, Randall Garrett, D. V. Gilder, Harry Harrison, Roy Hutchins, David Keller, Willy Ley, Edward W. Ludwig, Sam Merwin, Jr., William Morrison, Charles Munoz (as T. P. Caravan), Stanley I. Rowson, Rick Sargent, Robert Sheckley, Walt Sheldon, Evelyn E. Smith, Ralph Spencer, Ian Watson, Edward Wellen, Richard Wilson, and Donald Wollheim (as David Grinnell). Transcripts are from radio broadcasts of science fiction tales from Poul Anderson and Charles Dye. Correspondence includes exchanges of letters between Harry Harrison and Naomi Mitchison, as well as between Harry Harrison and Claire M. Smith. The Miscellaneous series contains galley proofs of a lengthy bibliography of science fiction authors.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 2010

Collection size: 50 items

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