Science Fiction and Futurology Collection|
University of New Brunswick, Hans W. Klohn Commons
Science fiction; Fantastic fiction; Forecasting; Futurology
In 1966, five hundred volumes of science fiction were donated by Professor John Grube. Interested faculty members expanded the collection and in 1968, it was designated as the main special collection. In 1971, the Ward Chipman Library was made an official depository of the Science Fiction Writers of America. A grant, and annual donations of fanzines and Amateur Press Association publications from Richard Lynch, have helped develop the collection.
The collection began as a science fiction and fantasy collection but much fantasy has been excluded as it is a broad inclusive genre. Only fantasy works which can be partly defined as science fiction are included. Futurology works have been added to the collection. The collection includes a comprehensive collection of primary source material from the beginnings of modern science fiction in the 1920s. The chronological emphasis is from 1924 on. The geographic emphasis is on North America and Great Britain. The library presently collects works pertaining to science fiction, futurology, forecasting, and scientific speculation that might be useful to the writing of science fiction or futurology.
English and selected non-English material (Japanese, Italian, Russian, and Danish).
18,225 monographs; 700 serials (13,000 issues); 68 serials are currently received; 75 microfilm and fiche; 102 discs and tapes; 6 manuscripts; 11 videotapes.
Most of the collection is recorded in the on-line public access catalogue. LC and NLC subject headings are used. A modified LC classification system is used. The holdings are recorded in the National Library Union Catalogue.
Most monographs are on open shelves. All serials and rare monographs are housed in the Special Collections Room and are accessible to the public with permission of the librarian. For further information visit: http://www.unbsj.ca/library/.
Interlibrary Loan: Available except for irreplaceable and fragile items.
Reprography: Yes, except for fragile pulp magazines.
Reference Assistance: Yes.
Publications Describing Collection
There is a description of the collection from a 1973 exhibition.