What we are doing:
Over the years, I have talked with a number of people about a FanHistory
Archive Project. This project would establish physical and electronic archives
primarily about SF Fandom. The project is described below.
The Florida Association for Nucleation And Conventions, Inc. (F.A.N.A.C.
Inc.), the sponsor of MagiCon, has approved funding to start this project.
During the past year, the proposal has been refined to what I hope will
be a useful and reliable project which will provide places to archive our
fannish history and to allow access to it by those interested. It will provide
an efficient information distribution mechanism for this information. And
it will allow input from just about anyone in fandom. That's the basic idea.
Below is the bureaucratic but more complete description.
FanHistory Archive Project
Compile a historical archive of fanzines, convention publications, photos
and other materials to preserve them for their historic and literary interest.
Access to this archive to be available for research, exhibits, and educational
SF and SF Fandom have generated a tremendous amount of interest and activities
over the past century. Many professionals in the literature and the arts
SF fandom. (Ray Bradbury, J. Xavier Kennedy, Ray Harryhausen, Roger Ebert,
Harlan Ellison, and Robert A. Heinlein - to name but a few.) In addition,
even more quality material was produced by fans for their own purposes.
This includes fiction and non-fiction, artwork, humor, etc. The material
was limited only by a fan's imagination -- and fan's have a most extra-ordinary
Most of the materials produced are rare, and had a very small distribution.
Quite a bit of the material produced was of a high caliber. These items
should be preserved for their own intrinsic value, interest and entertainment,
and also for their historic study -- cultural and literary.
a) Obtain and preserve the physical, and often ephemeral and fragile paper,
recorded and other physical materials that represent the history of science
fiction and especially science fiction fandom.
b) Preserve the content of these items in a more permanent and accessible
form so that the materials may be transferred and accessed by a wide variety
of methods, electronically and in print.
- To preserve original science fiction and fannish materials
- To make copies of related written and visual images
- To record and preserve existing related recordings
- To be able to make copies of these available to others
- To encourage others to preserve such materials and coordinate with
- To obtain inventories of these other archives (and possibly copies
of the materials)
- To publicize this project to get materials and assistance.
- a) To collect such materials and arrange for accessible archive(s)
of original or copied materials
- b) Original materials to be stored flat or in files in dark, air-conditioned
- c) Valuable paper items would be kept in non-acidic folders or sleeves
for better preservations, especially older and more fragile items.
- d) Selected individual items would be scanned and stored electronically
as graphic files. (Those with desirable written materials might be OCR scanned
to make those files more easily accessible.)
- e) To photocopy materials, as necessary, for distribution
Types of materials to preserve
- Awards, trophies, and plaques
- Audio recordings (non-commercial)
- Films & video recordings (non-commercial)
- Magazines & books (no longer commercial)
- Other materials as determined later
FanHistory Project - expanded description
- Compile a historic archive of fanzines, photos, convention publications,
and other memorabilia to preserve it and for use for exhibits, research,
and possible reproduction for convention and historical publications.
- Preserve the physical ephemeral and fragile paper materials. Identify
individuals and organizations who will keep these in a dark, air-conditioned
area, but also allow access for research.
- Preserve the content of the above items by scanning the materials
and saving them electronically via optical and/or CD-ROM (or equivalent
technology, like DVD). Save them in a standard format that can be widely
used on a variety of computer platforms (GIF or TIF files for example).
This might also allow OCR reading at a later time.
- Archive the material in a way that can be duplicated and saved in
multiple locations with the potential for being used by interested parties
for scholarly research and hobby and/or recreational reading.
- Compile, publish and distribute information, indices and reproductions
of rare, worthwhile materials for easier reference and to make the important
materials accessible to a wider range of interested parties and also to
reproduce photos and materials for fans, conventions, researchers, and exhibits.
- Publish quality material about SF and fannish history and reprint
quality material to bring it to the attention of a modern audience.
- Coordinate with several major fannish organizations and also with
several academic institutions to have material archived for permanent accessibility
by interested fans and researchers.
- Use the materials preserved to develop and assist others in the development
of historic and reference library materials.
- Put on the nets via the World Wide Web or equivalent, so that information
and material is available to review and to download.
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