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Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection

Identifier: MS-0506

Scope and Contents

The Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection consists of publications, ephemera, memorabilia and artwork acquired from 2004- at various comics and science fiction conventions and conferences in the Southern California region, particularly San Diego Comic-Con International. Promotional literature for related degree programs and centers around the country, as well as programs for academic conferences, document a rise in popular arts studies over the past decade, while a substantial collection of promotional ephemera and memorabilia demonstrate the broad range and evolution of fandom that remains a hallmark of Southern California. A significant concentration of rare and early fanzines dating back to the 1930s reflects the evolution and involvement of the science fiction fandom community over the years. Additions are current and ongoing.


  • Creation: 1934-

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.


19.25 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

I. San Diego Comic-Con, International

1. Official publications

2. Convention-related publications

II. Other conferences and conventions

III. Education and scholarship

1. Promotional literature

2. Essays and articles

IV. Professional organizations

V. Fandom periodicals

1. Fanzines

2. Specialty publications

VI. Ephemera

VII. Artwork and photographs

VIII. Memorabilia

Source of Acquisition

Multiple donors

Accruals and Additions


Related Materials

Richard Alf Papers

Donna Barr Papers

Other Descriptive Information

Additions are current and ongoing. Special thanks to Martha Alf, Dan Hager, Anna Culbertson, Larry McCaffery, Rebecca Neely, Walt Fisher, Robert Osborn, Jack Sword, Joan Goodwin, Markel Tumlin and others for their generous donations.

Comics and Science Fiction Fandom Collection
Anna Culbertson
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US