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Clifford Donald Simak papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss044

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes correspondence, literary manuscripts, pamphlets and other printed material, and clippings of reviews of Simak's works.

Dates

  • 1939-1972

Language of Materials

English

Language of Materials

English

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright to materials in the collection is retained by the creators.

Biographical Note

Clifford Donald Simak was a noted science fiction author and newspaper journalist. He was born in Millville, Wisconsin in 1904 and studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin. He edited newspapers in Michigan, Iowa, North Dakota, and Missouri during the 1930s, worked for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune from 1939-1976, and became news editor of the Star in 1949.

He began his career as a science fiction writer with the publication of "Wonder Stories" in 1931. He published stories in Astounding Science Fiction and Galaxy Magazine in addition to publishing numerous novels, including the notable, City, for which he won the International Fantasy Award. He also was awarded the Hugo Award, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and a Nebula Award. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1973 and died in 1988.

Extent

7.3 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Overview

The collection includes correspondence, literary manuscripts, pamphlets and other printed material, and clippings of reviews of Simak's works.

Arrangement

The collection is organized in three series:
  1. Novels
  2. Correspondence
  3. Clippings, Reviews, Pamphlets, Miscellaneous

Physical Location

Mezz (R79, D4, S5-6); unproc. accruals Mezz (R70, D6, S3)

Acquisition

The materials were donated to the archives by Simak's estate in 1972.

Notable Correspondents

Simak corresponded with many of the leading figures in the science fiction community during his career. A detailed listing of his correspondence (which is arranged chronologically) is available in the archives. Noted correspondents include:
  1. Asimov, Isaac
  2. Anderson, Poul
  3. Bova, Ben
  4. Carr, Terry
  5. Conklin, Groff
  6. Dickson, Gordon R.
  7. Harrison, Harry
  8. Knight, Damon
  9. Leiber, Fritz
  10. Merril, Judith
  11. Nourse, Alan E.
  12. Panshin, Alexei
  13. Pohl, Frederick
  14. Sturgeon, Theodore
  15. Zelazny, Roger

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Archives staff.
Title
Clifford Donald Simak Papers A
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Collecting Area Details

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