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Clifford Donald Simak Papers

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.


  • 1939-1972

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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 additionally wrote a weekly science column and was awarded the Minnesota Academy of Science Award for Distinguished Service to Science in 1967. Simak retired from journalism to write science fiction full time in 1977. Simak began his career as a science fiction writer with the contribution of “The World of the Red Sun” in the publication "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 in 1952. He also was awarded 3 Hugo Awards; City in 1959, Way Station in 1964, and Grotto of the Dancing Deer in 1981, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1977, and a Nebula Award in 1981 for Grotto of the Dancing Deer. Simak was the Guest of Honor at the World Science Fiction Convention twice, in 1971 and 1981. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1973 and died in 1988.


7.3 Linear Feet (18 boxes)


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


The collection is organized in three series: Novels and Other Writings, Correspondence, and Tax Documents, Magazines, and Clippings.

  1. Novels
  2. Correspondence
  3. Clippings, Reviews, Pamphlets, Miscellaneous

Physical Location

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


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. Collection fully processed by staff and re-boxed in Paige boxes, 08-2022.

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