SF 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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The City Tech Science Fiction Collection contains over 600-linear-feet of near-complete runs of the major science fiction magazines, and an extensive holding of science fiction anthologies, novels, and scholarship. Additionally, there are significant selections of fringe texts, including mystery, horror, and the supernatural.

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The City Tech Science Fiction 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 area in archives illustrates shelf locations in the finding aids. 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, the scholarly books and SF anthologies are in sheet 2, academic journals are in sheet 3, and novels are in sheet 4.
  • 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.

If you would like to inquire about the collection for research purposes, please read the library’s access policy for the City Tech Science Fiction Collection and contact Assistant Professor and Collections Management and Archives Librarian Wanett Clyde by phone at 718-260-5496 or email wclyde@citytech.cuny.edu.

Laura Schmidt’s Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research, published by the Society of American Archivists, is a useful resource for planning a trip to any archival collection, including the City Tech Science Fiction Collection.