Library/Collection

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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.

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, it has not yet been integrated into the library’s catalog system. In the meantime, patrons can use the following finding aids to see what the collection holds and where it is located in the archives.

  • Use this PDF to search the science fiction magazine portion of the collection: sfcollection-magazines-inventory.xlsx. It includes magazine title, date of publication, volume and number (when necessary), issue notes, and shelf identification (row.stack–aisle to wall.shelf–top to bottom).
  • Use this photographic inventory of each shelf in the collection to browse all of the collection’s holdings (updated on June 27, 2016).

Also, the Ursula C. Schwerin Library has a number of circulating science fiction titles that are not part of the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which can be easily found in the library catalog here.