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Willy Ley Collection

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 5 Aug 2010

Biographical History

Willy Ley (1906-1969) was a German-American science writer and space advocate. Born in Berlin, he was one of the first members of Germany's amateur rocket group, the Verein für Raumschiffahrt. He came to the United States in the 1930s, and wrote numerous articles and books on rocketry and spaceflight, as well as on zoology. He was also a fan of science fiction.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Willy Ley Collection consists entirely of typescripts, most on topics relating to astronomy and spaceflight.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is unprocessed and remains in original order.


Access Restrictions:

The collection is currently unprocessed and not available for research. Please contact Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Ley, Willy, 1906-1969.


Science fiction fans -- United States.
Science writers -- Germany.
Science writers -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Willy Ley Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Portions gift of Willy Ley, 1968.

Portions transferred from Galaxy Publishing Company Records, 1968.

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