||In 1982 the Ransom Center acquired the 3,500-volume Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection
formed by the specialist bookseller and bibliographer L. W. Currey. The Currey book
collection emphasizes classic science fiction from 1818 (the publication date of Mary
Shelley's Frankenstein) to 1919, especially American and
British interplanetary fiction (1827-1914), and American utopian fiction (1888-1900).
addition to the book collection, the Ransom Center acquired Currey's manuscript collection
of major 20th-century science fiction and fantasy writers.
||The collection is organized into three series: I. Anthologies (4 boxes, 1 galley file),
alphabetical order by name of editor; II. Works (24 boxes, 1 oversize box, 2 galley
in alphabetical order by name of author; and III. Indexes (1 box), which consists
Currey's detailed indexes to the book and manuscript collections.
||The bulk of the manuscript collection consists of unmarked galleys or page proofs
science fiction anthologies and books, although it does contain a few items of
correspondence and manuscript fragments, most notably a typed draft of Ray Bradbury's
story "The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place." Other authors represented include
Aldiss, Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague de Camp, Ron Goulart, Frank Herbert, H. P. Lovecraft,
Michael Moorcock, Mike Resnick, Robert E. Vardman with Victor Milan, and Kurt Vonnegut