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Roger Zelazny Papers

A description of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Zelazny, Roger.
Title: Roger Zelazny Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1954-1968
Quantity: 5.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Correspondence, 1954-1968; typescript draft and manuscript poems, speeches, stories, and novels; and printed material, including clippings and newsletters.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Science fiction writer Roger Zelazny was born on May 3, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio, and spent his childhood in Euclid, Ohio, where he attended school. He edited the school newspaper, in 1954 receving a National Scholastic Short Story award.

Mr. Zelazny graduated from Western Reserve University with an A.B. in English and a minor in psychology, and from Columbia University with an M.A. in English and comparative literature. He was awarded two prizes in poetry at Western Reserve.

Mr. Zelazny moved to Baltimore, Maryland to work for the Social Security Adminstration, where he became a claims policy specialist. During his spare time, he began writing science fiction and, as early as 1964, was awarded a Hugo (an annual award of the Science Fiction Writers of America) for "A Rose for Ecclesiastes." Other prize-winning works include "The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth" (1966), "He Who Shapes" (1966), "Lord of Light" (1968), and "Damnation Alley" (1968).

Mr. Zelazny served as secretary-treasurer of the Science Fiction Writers of America during the fiscal year 1967-1968 and is a member of Mensa, an organization for people with a tested high intelligence quotient. He lives in Baltimore with is wife Judy.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Roger Zelazny Papers contain biographical and background material, correspondence, writings, publications of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), and published material. Contained in the biographical and background material 1954, 1966-1968, is published matter relating to science fiction conventions and activities in which Mr. Zelazny participated, as well as financial records.

Correspondence, 1954-1969, most of it incoming, is from publishers, literary agents, science fiction writers, and fans. Arranged chronologically, much of the correspondence relates to Mr. Zelazny's writings and science fiction activities, including one group of letters from a fourth-grade class which read "Susi's Magic Pterodactyl," placed at the end of the correspondence.

Important correspondence include: Ace Books, Inc., 1966-1968; Amazing-Fantastic Publications, 1965-1966, 1968; Philip K. Dick, 1967; Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1964, 1966-1968; Faber and Faber Ltd., 1966-1968; Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1962-1968; Galaxy, 1968; Alma Hill, 1964-1967; Hugo Awards, 1964, 1968; Damon Knight, 1965-1967; Robert P. Mills, 1964-1966; Henry Morrison, 1967-1968; New Worlds, 1965-1968; Frederick Pohl, 1963, 1966-1968; Rex Stout, 1968; Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, 1962-1965. A list of this correspondence with exact dates may be found in the first folder of Box 1.

Writings, 1965-1968, are composed of typescripts, holographs, and printed material and are arranged alphabetically by title under the divisions of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Many of the manuscripts are not dated, and those not titled are arranged alphabetically by the first line of the manuscript. Many of Mr. Zelazny's prize-winning stories are contained in this series.

Material from the SFWA consists of the Secretary-Treasurer's Handbook by Mr. Zelazny and Nebula Award Stories 3, co-edited by Mr. Zelazny. Published material, 1965-1967, included fanzines (magazines published by fans and amateurs in the science fiction field).

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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

Mr. Zelazny's periodical and fanzines have been integrated with our science fiction periodicals.

Many other science fiction authors' papers are in our holdings, including Forrest J. Ackerman, Piers Anthony, Hal Clement, Hugo Gernsback, Damon Knight, Keith Laumer, Anne McCaffrey, Frederik Pohl, Robert Silverberg, Kate Wilhelm, and more. Refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete list.

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Subject Headings


Zelazny, Roger.


American literature -- 20th century.
Authors, American.
Novelists, American.
Science fiction, American.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Speeches (documents)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Roger Zelazny Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Roger Zelazny, 1966, 1968, 1991.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: RT
Date: Feb 1969
Revision history: 31 Aug 2005 - EAD file created (MRR)

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Biographical and background material
Box 1 Published material 1966-1968
Box 1 Correspondence August 1967
Box 1 Financial records 1954 1967-1968
Box 1 1954-1965
Box 1 1966
Box 1 1967
Box 2 1968
Box 2 Undated
Box 2 "Susi's Magic Pterodactyl" 4 Feb 1965
Box 2 Addresses undated - untitled, holograph
Box 2 And call me Conrad
original typescript revised, 164p.
Box 2 Angel, dark angel
original typescript revised, 12p.
typescript carbon, 16p.
Box 2 Beside the Vedra
See also Lord of Light, chapter 6
typescript carbon, 56p.
Box 2 The Borgia hand
original typescript revised, 4p.
Box 2 Clementowicz and the commissioner
holograph revised, 13p.
Box 2 Co Nestor's fever (The world, the deeble, and Uncle Sidney's rock collection)
original typescript revised, 5p.
Box 2 Corrida
original typescript revised, 3p.
Box 2 Damnation alley
original typescript revised, 89p.
Incomplete published material, revised, 3p,
Publicity, repro. annotated; correspondence
Box 3 Dismal light
original typescript revised, 15p.
Box 3 Divine madness
original typescript revised, 8p.
Box 3 The doors of his face, the lamps of his mouth
original typescript revised, 37p.
In Fantasy and Science Fiction vol. 28 no. 3 (March 1965), p. 4-30; revised; 1 drawing
Publicity, published material, 1966-1968
Box 3 The dream master 1968
book reviews, March 25, April 4, 1968; correspondence
Box 3 Final dining
original typescript revised, 12p.
Box 3 For a Brbath I tarry
holograph revised, 30p.
Box 3 Four for tomorrow
book review; correspondence, n.d.
Introduction by Theodore Sturgeon, original typescript revised; correspondence, n.d., 11p.
Box 3 The furies
published material, revised; 1 drawing, 15p.
Box 3 The graveyard heart
typescript carbon revised, 1 drawing, 81p.
Box 3 Hand of the master
original typescript revised, 3p.
Box 3 He yt moves (these bones)
original typescript revised, 9p.
typescript carbon, 13p.
Box 3 He who shapes
See also The ides of Octember
Draft A, original typescript, 8p.
Draft B, original typescript, 48p.
Draft C, original typescript, 15p.
D raft D, original typescript, 2p.
Draft E, original typescript, 2p.
Part III, original typescript revised, 37p.
Box 3 Horseman!
original typescript revised, 3p.
Box 3 The hounds of sorrow
original typescript revised, 8p.
typescript carbon, 11p.
Box 3 The house of the hanged man
typescript carbon, 5p.
Box 3 Hunt down the happy wallaby
holograph revised, 45p.
Box 3 The ides of Octember
See also He who shapes
synopsis, original typescript revised, 2p.
original typescript revised, 96p.
Box 3 In the dry of Capricorn
original typescript revised, 3p.
Box 4 The insider
typescript carbon revised, 6p.
Box 4 The Juan's thousandth
original typescript revised, 9p.
Box 4 The keys to December
original typescript revised, 25p.
Box 4 King Solomon's ring
original typescript revised, 24p.
Box 4 A knight for Merytha
original typescript revised, 10p.
Box 4 The last inn on the road
typescript carbon revised, 7p.
Box 4 Lord of Hellwell
See also Lord of light
typescript carbon, 55p.
Box 4 Lord of light 1967-1968
Chapter 7, typescript carbon, 51p.
printer's copy, typescript carbon annotated, ca. 1967 (pages 1-178, 179-395)
final galley proof revised, ca. 1967, 90p.
page proof, annotated, ca. 1967, 84p.
page proof, annotated, ca. 1967, 84p.
book reviews, published material, 1967-1968; correspondence, April 1968
Box 5 Love is an imaginary number 1968
original typescript revised, 7p.
publicity, published material, 1968; correspondence, April 1968
Box 5 Maitreya
See also Lord of light, chapter 1
typescript carbon, 54p.
Box 5 The Malatesta collection
original typescript revised, 7p.
Box 5 The man who loved the Faioli 1968
original typescript revised; correspondence, January 8, 1968
Box 5 Mine is the kingdom
original typescript revised, 20p.
Box 5 The misfit
original typescript revised, 6p.
Box 5 Moonless in Byzantium
original typescript revised, 6p.
Box 5 Morning of the scarlet swinger
original typescript revised, 16p.
Box 5 The new pleasure
typescript carbon, 5p.
Box 5 The night has nine hundred ninety-nine eyes
typescript carbon, 4p.
Box 5 Nine princes in Amber 1968
original typescript revised, 162p.
notes, original typescript, June 27, 1968
Box 5 Nine starships waiting
original typescript revised, 40p.
Box 5 None but the lonely heart
original typescript revised, 7p.
Box 5 Of time and the yan
original typescript revised, 4p.
Box 5 Party set
original typescript revised, 58p.
Box 5 Passage to Dilfar
holograph revised, 8p.
Box 5 Passion play
original typescript revised, 4p.
Box 5 Power & light
original typescript revised, 6p.
Box 5 The powers of heaven
See also Lord of light, Chapter 5
original typescript revised, 54p.
Box 5 Prelude in the house of the dead
original typescript revised, 130p.
Box 5 A rose for Ecclesiastes
In Fantasy and Science Fiction, p. 5-35; 1 drawing; 16p.
Box 5 Snapdragon man (Walker in the earth)
original typescript revised, 3p.
Box 5 Song of the blue baboon
typescript carbon, 7p.
orginal typescript revised, 6p.
Box 6 Song of the witch's daughter
typescript carbon, 11p.
Box 6 Sapceman's lament
original typescript revised, 8p.
Box 6 Stainless steel leech
original typescript revised, 5p.
Box 6 The teacher rode a wheel of fire
original typescript revised, 5p.
Box 6 Ther e shall be no moon!
original typescript revised, 11p.
Box 6 A thing of terrible beauty
original typescript revised, 6p.
Box 6 This immortal 1967-1968
printer's copy, typescript carbon annotated; correspondence, 233p.
Book reviews, repro., December 1967-January 1968, 14p.
Publicity, published material; correspondence, n.d., 3p.
Box 6 This moment of storm
original typescript revised, 30p.
Box 6 This mortal mountain
original typescript revised, 39p.
Box 6 Through a glass greenly
original typescript revised, 4p.
Box 6 Time of night in the 7th room
original typescript revised, 6p.
typescript carbon, 8p.
Box 6 Tomorrow stuff
holograph revised, 6p.
typescript carbon, 8p.
Box 6 A turn unstoned
original typescript revised, 17p.
Box 6 The window washer
original typescript revised, 11p.
Box 6 Zindrome of negative greed
original typescript revised, 8p.
Box 6 Untitled
"And I knew of all men," holograph revised, 2p.
"The bell drowned his every seventh word," holograph revised, 1p.
"The bell that rang again," original typescript revised, 3p.
"The bell was ringing," original typescript revised, 3p.
"Evelyn listened," original typescript revised, 6p.
"Gregory Rumford listened to the bell," original typescript revised, 3p.
"He disembarked in New York Harbor," original typescript revised, 3p.
"He heard a chuckle," original typescript revised, 7p.
"He wondered," original typescript revised, 13p.
"Hell Tanner and Jerry Potter walked," holograph revised, 2p.
"Henry Soames, M.D., knew," holograph revised, 2p.
"It reared, roared, writhed," original typescript revised, 3p.
"It was on the Pa. Tpk.," holograph revised, 2p.
"Life is a thing," original typescript revised, 153p.
"One of the mechanics approached them," original typescript revised, 15p.
"Setting without characters," original typescript revised, 3p.
"There was a burst of light," original typescript revised, 3p.
"What's the last you heard," holograph revised, 1p.
"Within the theater," original typescript revised, 3p.
Untitled fragments
original typescript revised, and holograph, 11p.
Box 6 (Answers to eleven questions about science fiction)
original typescript revised, 10p.
Box 6 (Bibliography of science fiction criticism)
original typescript revised, 2p.
Box 6 Christianity and courtly love, the all egory of opposites
typescript carbon, 12p.
Box 6 Fanzine bibliography (incomplete)
two typescripts, carbon, one revised, 5p.
Box 6 I just received NYAR II, re: Alexei Panshin
original typescript revised, 3p.
Box 6 I never met Cordwainer Smith, re: Cordwainer Smith
original typescript revised, 3p.
Box 6 In praise of his spirits, noble and otherwise (foreword)
original typescript revised, typescript carbon annotated, 10p.
Box 7 On writing and stories
original typescript revised; typescript carbon, 7p.
Box 7 The search for the historical L. Sprague de Camp or, The compleat dragon-catcher
original typescript revised; typescript carbon; correspondence, December 2, 1965, 10p.
Box 7 The world of z, this being in the nature of a non-introduction to the volume in hand
original typescript revised, 3p.
Box 7 Avalanches, The thing on the highways, and Fire, snakes and the moon
holograph, 1p.
Box 7 Between you and I
holograph revised, 1p.
Box 7 Bok
holograph revised and original typescript, 2p.
Box 7 The cat licks her coat
holograph, 1p.
Box 7 Cross Caribbean (in memoriam, Hart Crane)
original typescript, 1p.
Box 7 Dim
holograph, 2p.
Box 7 Dreams, dreams
holograph revised, 1p.
Box 7 I never met a traveller from an antique land
holograph revised, 1p.
Box 7 I was born
holograph, 1p.
Box 7 Moonsong
holograph revised, 1p.
Box 7 Pelias waking with the S.C.
holograph revised, 1p.
Box 7 Pyramid
holograph revised, 1p.
Box 7 Reply
original typescript revised, 2p.
Box 7 See you later, maybe
holograph revised, 1p.
Box 7 There is always a poem
holograph re vised, 1p.
Box 7 This book is dedicated to
holograph revised, 1p.
Box 7 Notes - original typescript and holograph, 13p.
Box 7 The great selchie of San Francisco Bay - original typescript revised, 4p.
Science Fiction Writers of America
Box 7 Nebula award stories 3 - edited by R. Zelazny and Robert Silverberg, 31p.
Box 7 Secretary-treasurer's handbook, by R. Zelazny
holograph, 8p.
Draft A, original typescript revised, 7p.
Draft B, original typescript revised, 8p.
Draft C, original typescript revised, 8p.
Draft D, original typescript revised, 17p.
Draft E, typescript carbon, 12p.
Draft F, repro of original typescript, 43p.
Published material
Zelazny's periodicals and fanzines have been integrated with our science fiction periodicals.

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