Library/Collection

The City Tech Science Fiction Collection is held in the Archives and Special Collections of the Ursula C. Schwerin Library (Atrium Building, A543C, New York City College of Technology, 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201).

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This large collection comes to City Tech from an anonymous donor. It includes nearly full runs of every professional science fiction magazine from 1950 to 2010, and an almost comprehensive collection of science fiction until 2010. There is also a significant amount of science fiction criticism, and selections of fringe texts, including horror and the supernatural.

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The approximately 600 linear feet collection is a nearly complete attempt at a comprehensive collection of science fiction magazines and fiction, and includes rare books and first editions. Notably, the collection includes a reading library of texts that contains more than 80 of the most famous magazine runs in the world, including, for example:

  • Analog Science Fiction and Fact (1930­-present), the longest continually published sf genre magazine
  • Asimov’s Science Fiction (1977-­present), a professional magazine that began in 1977
  • The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (1949-­present), the second oldest continually publishing science fiction magazines in the country

As the collection is being processed and inventoried, we are making the following finding aids available for researchers and instructors.

  • Search the collection’s 4,147 science fiction magazines in this PDF: citytech-sciencefictioncollection-magazines. It includes magazine title, date of publication, volume and number, issue notes, and shelf location.
  • Search the collection’s 1,694 scholarly books and SF anthologies in this PDF: citytech-sciencefictioncollection-scholarship-anthologies. It includes title, author/editor, publisher, and shelf location.
  • This sketch of the collection’s holdings in the archives might help with identifying the shelf location. Shelf locations are formatted in this way: row.stack.shelf. The rows are numbered, the stack number increases from aisle to wall, and the shelf number increases from top to bottom.
  • Search the live, unsorted updates to the inventory with this Google Sheet. The SF magazines are in sheet 1 and the scholarly books and SF anthologies are in sheet 2.
  • Use this photographic inventory of every shelf in the collection to browse all of the collection’s holdings.

In addition to the SF Collection, the Ursula C. Schwerin Library has SF and SF scholarship in its circulating holdings, which can be searched with the library catalog here.