The Daughter of the Night Bibliography!

Cushing is the new home for the Daughter of the Night Annotated Tanith Lee Bibliography library!

The collection consists of several hundred volumes of Lee’s work through multiple editions and translations. The annotated bibliography project will continue on as it has for the past fifteen years, Cushing will merely provide housing as well as reference assistance for scholars who need access to the materials. They are in the queue for cataloging, so don’t be horrified if you can’t find the books in the catalog—our cataloging staff are shorthanded these days and I certainly don’t help when I spring things like this on them (sorry, guys!). If you’re ever looking for a title and can’t find it, just shoot me a line! 😀

Anyway, take a look at these beauties:

These photos don’t do the books justice, btw. It’s actually pretty hard to fit in the aisles with a camera and get some good images. Here’s a close up:

As you can imagine, I’m really excited about this and my poor boss has had to listen to more geekery than…okay, honestly, it’s about the same amount of geeking as usual but just on different things. SO.

I’m going to be in and out running around this summer, but I’m an email-addict so I’ll be “around” even if I’m not around the office. Stay tuned for more updates and adventures!!


Star Spotlights!

So back in January, we received part of the Thomas D. Clareson Collection. Clareson was a noted scholar in the field of Science Fiction Studies who wrote such influential volumes as SF, The Other Side of Realism and Some Kind of Paradise: The Emergence of American Science Fiction. We received over a hundred boxes of books and other materials from his personal research library, which our catalogers have been industriously cataloging and shelving.

A couple of carts in process.

I’ve been corresponding with Tom Clareson, who made sure his father’s materials got to us safe and sound. Huzzah for donors!!!


Apologies for going AWOL–I’ve been busy this term with a variety of projects, not the least of which is getting ready to go up for tenure this Fall. In fact, just this morning I submitted my dossier packets to be mailed out for outside review next month.

review packets

 It’s only mildly nauseating how much of a scholar’s life can be encompassed by folders and discs!

At any rate, I hope to post more regularly over the summer. Finals started today, so I’ve already had a bit of time to work on my backlog! Check out the newly processed inventories for our JRR Tolkien Correspondence Collection and our Arthur C. Clarke Correspondence Collection.

And sure it’s two days late, but a Happy Belated Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you!

The Space Squid Archives

Back in the Fall, the gang at Space Squid visited and donated their archives to us, including the limited edition clay tablet issue which appeared in Wired. (In typical bloggey fashion, I wrote about it, they wrote about it, and you can basically relive it all here.)

Anyhow, the clay tablet and molds had to be sent to our preservationist to have special boxes made to protect them, so I took a couple of pictures.

The nested box that holds the two molds and the clay tablet:


A close-up of the clay tablet itself:


Finally, a picture of the processed archive, sitting on my desk before I put it in the stacks. (Yeah, I know it looks a little precarious, but a) my desk is a scary place to start with and b) my camera phone isn’t the bestest thing ever.)


The finding guide has also been placed in our online database.


ETA: And we’ve already been reblogged!

Lost Marbles, Found in Processing

The other day I found Elizabeth Moon’s marbles. They weren’t lost, just temporarily misplaced in one of the boxes of her manuscripts she donated to us.



Because it’s not every day I find someone’s marbles, I emailed Ms. Moon to let her know and to ask if I might share the story on the blog.




She gamely wrote back with permission, saying that “you absolutely must say that [I’ve] lost some of [my] marbles and you only hope there’s enough left to keep writing! <GGG>” This is certainly true, especially since her next book, Kings of the North, arrives in March.


People who have been to my office know that it’s a bit of a scary place, but I was able to get some processing done over the break. Below, you can see the Moon Collection at home in the stacks:




One of my goals for this year is to try to keep this blog more regularly updated for your quality SciFi edutainment (yes, that’s totally a word, I know because I heard it on Angel), so keep your eyes peeled for more Tales from the Stacks!

Mailbox: H.P. Lovecraft and Horror Fanzines

Bill Cunningham kindly donated his collection of horror fanzines to the Library, and this box arrived in my office earlier this afternoon:

An hour or so later, I had them sorted into nice, neat sets on a cart to take to Cataloging:

As I like to say, you don’t have to have OCD to be a librarian, but it doesn’t hurt.

The donation includes a nearly complete run of The Crypt of Chthulhu, and a number of small press pamphlets and zines.

This one is my personal favorite:

It’s the sort of thing that makes me run around with glee to show off to innocent co-workers nearby. “Cait,” one of them said frankly, “I have no idea what you’re talking about, but I’m glad it makes you so happy.”

Luckily, the Rare Books and Manuscripts Curator, Todd Samuelson, understood what an important document we had acquired:

As you can see, there’s never a dull day in Cushing. More later!

Mailbag: Post from George R. R. Martin

So in addition to being a world-famous author and a donor, George R. R. Martin is one of my favorite people. Why? Well, first off he sends me boxes with stuff like this in them for the collection:


The images are a little on the dark side, but one is a gaming module for The Song of Ice and Fire RPG and the other is an expansion of the Game of Thrones boardgame.

You should go check out his Not a Blog to see what he’s up to these days. It’s good reading, something to get through until HBO’s series of A Game of Thrones debuts next year!