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Science Fiction Fanzines and Ephemera

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Title: Science Fiction Fanzines and Ephemera
Inclusive Dates: 1939-1994
Quantity: 1 folder
Abstract: Collection of science fiction fan-generated publications (zines) and science fiction convention material. Originally 12 linear feet, most have now been cataloged and only a few items remain in the manuscript collection.
Language: Most are in English, one item in Chinese.
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Science Fiction Fanzines and Ephemera collection spans nearly sixty years and contains fan-generated publications (zines) as well as material from science fiction conventions, including the World Science Fiction Convention, World Fantasy Convention, World Horror Convention, DragonCon, LunaCon, and the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

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Arrangement of the Collection

All material is shelved alphabetically by title, interfiled with science fiction periodicals, with the exception of a few items still in Box 8. A chronological list of convention-related material is provided at the end of this finding aid.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has the papers of a number of science fiction authors and organizations, including the Science Fiction Writers of America; please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

The library also holds a considerable number of uncataloged science fiction books; please contact the repository listed above for more information regarding these. See also Science Fiction Periodicals for a list of uncataloged science fiction periodicals held by the library.

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Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

World Fantasy Convention.
World Horror Convention.
World Science Fiction Convention.


Fantasy fiction -- Congresses.
Fantasy fiction -- History and criticism.
Fantasy fiction -- Societies, etc.
Science fiction -- Congresses.
Science fiction -- History and criticism.
Science fiction -- Societies, etc.

Genres and Forms

Programs (documents)


Science fiction fans.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Science Fiction Fanzines and Ephemera,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: PRB
Date: Jan 1999
Revision history: 18 Dec 2007 - converted to EAD (MRC); 24 Feb 2015 - updated to reflect cataloging of majority of collection (MRC)

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Fanzines and ephemera
The vast majority of these items have been cataloged. Please refer to the Classic Catalog and search on "zines" to locate.
Zines and newsletters

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