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AKICILJ: the library edition [Jan. 9th, 2012|08:46 am]
Marissa Lingen
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Okay, people who know stuff: if a friend of mine was looking to donate a large-ish collection of good-condition vintage SF, what libraries have the sorts of collections that might want such a thing?
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[User Picture]From: guppiecat
2012-01-09 03:05 pm (UTC)
I believe that the University of Iowa library might be interested. They bought a pile of fanzines recently.

You might also want to see if Clarion has an opinion on this matter.

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[User Picture]From: jenett
2012-01-09 03:37 pm (UTC)
Outside of academic collections, it might be worth checking out the MIT Science Fiction Society library. (they have an actual physical collection, some of which circulates, some of which doesn't) and they have an extensive back run of magazines and other things, too.

(They are a student org, but have been a generally pretty stable one. http://web.mit.edu/mitsfs/)
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[User Picture]From: michaeldthomas
2012-01-09 04:01 pm (UTC)
Northern Illinois University has a large collection of SF/F, including the archives of over 55 authors:

http://www.ulib.niu.edu/rarebooks/index.cfm
http://www.ulib.niu.edu/rarebooks/sciencefiction.cfm

Here's the Locus interview with Curator Lynne M. Thomas:
http://www.locusmag.com/Perspectives/2010/11/spotlight-on-lynne-m-thomas-archivist/
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[User Picture]From: swords_and_pens
2012-01-09 04:19 pm (UTC)
This was my first thought (although I'm biased ;).
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[User Picture]From: michaeldthomas
2012-01-09 04:59 pm (UTC)
And I'm not? ;-)
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[User Picture]From: pameladean
2012-01-09 07:47 pm (UTC)
You beat me to it!

P.
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[User Picture]From: aamcnamara
2012-01-09 04:18 pm (UTC)
UC Riverside has a collection in their rare books room, I know.
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[User Picture]From: txanne
2012-01-09 04:48 pm (UTC)
The Cushing Library at Texas A&M (alma mater of Steve Gould, Martha Wells, and me).
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[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2012-01-09 08:22 pm (UTC)
Stony Brook University has a student-run SF library. Founded by James Frenkel it birthed, among other people, meeeeeeee.

http://www.sf4m.org/
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[User Picture]From: orangemike
2012-01-10 12:37 am (UTC)
Where are they physically now? What are the vintages? What is the paperback/hardback distribution?
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-01-10 03:01 am (UTC)
They are in Minnesota, and they are from the 1950s. I'm not sure beyond that.
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[User Picture]From: mkille
2012-01-10 02:57 am (UTC)
Harvard has some in their rare books and manuscripts library, but when I was there, they were not on the priority list for preservation or publicizing.

I will dig around some and also ask my librarian friends...

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[User Picture]From: skwirly
2012-01-10 03:06 pm (UTC)
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has an SF special collection that was (or so I hear) founded by Steve Miller. It's pretty awesome.

The Azriel Rosenfeld Science Fiction Research Collection is a growing collection currently holding approximately 8,000 books and 4,000 issues of science fiction & fantasy periodicals, science fiction criticism and reference works. For those with an interest in the "Golden Age" of science fiction, the collection has extensive holdings of science fiction "pulps" from the 1920's - 1950's plus original manuscripts, personal papers and a large collection of amateur press "fanzines."
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[User Picture]From: thomasbull
2012-01-14 08:15 am (UTC)
Further away, there's the MSFC Library in Melbourne, Australia, and the UniSFA Library in Perth, Western Australia.

Via Meteor Incorporated, I have heard mention of the Eaton Collection at the University of California, Riverside.
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[User Picture]From: thomasbull
2012-01-21 12:05 am (UTC)
I should also mention the Murdoch University Library over in Perth.
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