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Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) Records

An inventory of its collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: DL
Date: 17 Jun 2015

Biographical History

The Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), founded in 1965 by Damon Knight and now known as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, is a nonprofit organization of professional science fiction writers in the United States. The purpose of the SFWA is to inform, support, promote, defend and advocate for both its members and the genre. SFWA activities include informing science fiction and fantasy writers on professional matters, protecting their interests, and helping them deal effectively with agents, editors, anthologists, and producers in media; encouraging public interest in and appreciation for science fiction and fantasy literature; and sponsoring, editing, and disseminating writings, papers, and other publications which exemplify science fiction and fantasy literature of high quality.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) Records consists of correspondence subject files, organizational records and publications.

Correspondence subject files consists of questionnaires given to writers and editors on the science fiction genre, mailings to and from the SFWA, correspondence to and from the secretary-treasurer of the SFWA for the years 1967-1970, the secretary-treasurer handbook, secretary-treasurer records and materials 1967-1968. This series also contains correspondence, drafts, proofs and selection information for the 4th Nebula Anthology as well as information concerning the 4th Nebula Awards Banquet.

Organizational records contains the organization's bylaws as of 1966, SFWA copyright information for 1966-1967, and financial records from 1966-1970.

Publications contains general publications from the SFWA, copies of the SFWA Bulletin from August 1967-February 1969, copies of the SFWA Forum from October 1967-February 1970, and copies of assorted other science fiction publications.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type. Material within each series is arranged alphabetically and then further arranged chronologically if applicable.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

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.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has the papers and collections of a number of science fiction writers and publishers. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Special Collections Research Center has extensive holding of published material relating to science fiction, including books, periodicals, pulp magazines, fanzines and conference proceedings. Please search search the Classic Catalog for these related materials.

Subject Headings


Anderson, Poul, 1926-2001.
McCaffrey, Anne.
Zelazny, Roger.

Corporate Bodies

Science Fiction Writers of America.


Popular culture -- United States.
Popular literature -- United States.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Science fiction, American -- Information resources.
Science fiction, American -- Periodicals.

Genres and Forms

Financial records.
Printers' proofs.
Publications (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Science Fiction Writers of America, 1966-1970, 1973.

Table of Contents

Correspondence subject files

Organizational records