The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection

 

Amazing magazine coverThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection was developed by librarians at Texas A&M over the past several decades.  Now one of the largest collections of its kind, it houses the papers and manuscripts of Chad Oliver and Michael Moorcock, and is a depository for the books and papers of George R. R. Martin.
The monograph collection ranges from Stoker’s Dracula and Wells's Time Machine to current imprints, including both hardbound and paper editions.  The periodicals collection is also a major strength.  The collection contains over ninety percent of the American science fiction pulp magazines published prior to 1980.  The very rare first issue of Weird Tales, dated March, 1923, is present in a virtually complete run, as is Amazing Stories, beginning in 1926 with the very rare April, 1926 first issue.

Sample highlights of the collection:

Mary Shelley.  Frankenstein.  3rd edition.  London: Colburn and Bentley, 1831.  The first edition containing an Introduction by Shelley and an illustration of Frankenstein’s monster.

Bram Stoker.  Dracula.  Westminster: Archibald and Constable, 1897.  The first edition of this lasting tale.

Amazing Stories.  April, 1926.  The rare first issue of this influential periodical.

George Orwell.  1984.  London: Seeker and Warburg, 1949.  First edition.

Monographs

The monograph collection ranges from Shelley's Frankenstein and Wells's Time Machine to current imprints, including both hardbound and paper editions.  The strength of the collection is in the period from 1970 to the present, but significant holdings for the pre-1970 period exist.  Collection building currently focuses on the pre-1950 period.  In addition to fiction, the collection has substantial holdings of history and criticism, reference books, film criticism, and other related material.  The monographs in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection may be searched online from Libcat.   Quantitative Capsule -   27,945 titles

Periodicals

The periodicals collection is a major strength of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection.  The collection contains over ninety percent of the American science fiction pulp magazines published prior to 1980, and strong holdings from 1980 to the present.  Active subscriptions are maintained for a growing number of titles.  The fiction magazines are supplemented by runs of most of the critical magazines devoted to science fiction and fantasy, including the major American and British titles, and a virtually complete run of Quarber Merkur from Germany.  The periodicals in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection may be searched online from Libcat.  

Highlights of the Periodicals Collection

Beginning in 1923, the collection contains the very rare first issue of Weird Tales, dated March, 1923 in its virtually complete run of that important title. Weird Tales, curiously first published by Rural Publishing Corporation, was not strictly a science fiction or fantasy title. The collection also contains a virtually complete run of Amazing Stories begun in 1926 including the very rare April, 1926 first issue . Amazing Stories heralds the beginning of science fiction as a recognizable entity.   Hugo Gernsback, named by some as the father of science fiction, actually performed the more motherly service by giving birth to Amazing Stories in 1926, Amazing Stories Quarterly in 1928, Air Wonder Stories, Wonder Stories Quarterly, and Wonder Stories (all from 1929). Wonder Stories is probably best remembered as Thrilling Wonder Stories. The collection has complete runs of these titles as well. The collection's complete run of Astounding Science Fiction/Analog serves as an anchor to the whole collection.  Other titles give breadth and depth to the collection:  Miracle Science and Fantasy Stories, Strange Tales of Mystery and Terror, Marvel Tales, Scoops (1934), Fanciful Tales of Time and Space (1936), Fantasy and Marvel Science Fiction (1938), Dynamic Science Stories, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Fantastic Adventures, Planet Stories, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Stories, Captain Future, Comet Stories, Fantastic Novels Magazine, Science Fiction Quarterly, and Super Science Stories give a sampling of the early titles available.  The magazine collection has an international flavor, with such titles as New Worlds, Australian SF News, Ad Astra, Robot from Italy,  Nueva Dimension (Spain), Utopia, Andromeda and SF Times (Germany), and Fiction and Galaxie (France).

Quantitative Capsule - approximately 10,000 periodical issues, some duplicated in microforms. Over 500 titles are represented in the collection, with most of the classic fiction titles held in complete runs.

Manuscripts

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection houses the papers and manuscripts of Chad Oliver and Michael Moorcock, and is a depository for the books and papers of George R. R. Martin.  In addition, there are materials from Robert Silverberg, Howard Waldrop, Isaac Asimov, Bill Crider, Joe Lansdale, and Avram Davidson.  The book and article collections from which the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database was developed are also housed in the manuscript collections. Refer to those guides using the lists in the Archon page. 

Quantitative Capsule -  125 linear feet of manuscripts and author collections; 40 linear feet of collected papers.

Research Tools

 

Indexes

Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database

Developed at Texas A&M University, this online index to history and criticism material provides access to over 87,000 individual items.  The database is searchable by author, title, imprint, and subject terms.

Texas and Speculative Fiction

Horny Toads and Ugly Chickens: A Bibliography on Texas in Speculative Fiction,  compiled by Bill Page

Other Research Tools

The Man Who Sold the Future A Research Guide to The Fiction of Robert A. Heinlein: Compiled by Candace R. Benefiel

Judith Merril: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography, by Elizabeth Cummins (PDF) A primary and secondary bibliography of Judith Merril through 2006.

Sam Moskowitz A Preliminary Bibliography (PDF), by Hal W. Hall.  Sam Moskowitz was an active fan and amateur historian of science fiction. He had an extensive knowledge of the early history of the field, and wrote extensively, in magazines, fanzines and correspondence. This preliminary bibliography is a work-in-progress. Please send any information about additional material to Hal W. Hall. ( hwh9000@gmail.com )

The Work of Chad Oliver: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide
(PDF), by Hal W. Hall.   Chad Oliver was a working anthropologist, and was well-known and highly regarded in the 1950s and 1960s.  Oliver was a leading light in the incorporation of anthropological concepts and viewpoints into science fiction.  This bibliography provides an entry point to his writing, both fiction and nonfiction.

The Wizard Behind Oz and Other Stories: A Research Guide for L. Frank Baum (PDF), by Karla Lyles.   Lyman Frank Baum published more than fifty books throughout his lifetime, including a plethora of pseudonymously-written books for children. The popularity of his The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has prompted the writing of an abundance of material related to Baum and his work.
 

Fantasyland/Aggieland:A Bibliographic History of Science Fiction and Fantasy at Texas A&M University and in Brazos County, Texas (PDF), compiled by Bill Page.  A Bibliographic history of the fantastic at Texas A&M University.

History of the Collection

Original Collection Announcement Pamphlet (PDF) - 1974

The Evans Library Collections

Monographs

The Evans Library general collection houses just over 5,000 titles in science fiction and fantasy.  Most are duplicates of the material in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection in Cushing, but some ten percent are uniquely held in Evans.  A strong holding in history and criticism titles is the strength of the Evans segment of the overall Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection.  Both fiction and nonfiction are actively acquired for the general collection.

Magazines

The Evans Library general collection maintains subscriptions to a variety of magazines of interest to the science fiction and fantasy scholar, including Analog, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine; F&SF, Locus, Cinefantastique and other titles.  The microform collection houses all science fiction titles available for purchase in the mid-1980s, and a selection of fanzines on microfiche.  Inventories of the microform magazines are planned.

Motion Pictures and Television

The Educational Media Services unit of the Evans Library houses a growing collection of science fiction and fantasy films and television episodes.  The collection currently stands at 120 titles, not including 51 horror films, and is actively growing.  Holdings of the collection may be viewed at the Educational Media Services web page Science Fiction and Fantasy Films.