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Regional Archives, Personal Papers, & Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts

Please see the University Archives and the Center for Biological Sciences Archives for additional archival holdings.

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Regional Archives

These manuscripts and records contain the papers of individuals and organizations connected with Baltimore and the greater Maryland region.
  • Philip M. Wagner papers

    Coverage: 1839-1995, bulk 1942-1989
    This collection contains the documents relating to the life and work of Philip M. Wagner (1904-1996). Wagner served as a columnist and editor at the Baltimore Sun from 1930-1964. The materials are organized into series which reflect the major areas of life & work: personal, Sun Papers & Boordy Vineyards.

  • Perry Hall Improvement Association (PHIA) records

    Coverage: 1945-1986
    Includes the documents on the founding and organization of the Association, projects undertaken, membership lists, newspaper clippings and zoning regulations from the period.

  • Ferdinand C. Latrobe papers

    Coverage: 1833-1922
    This collection contains a multitude of materials written by Ferdinand C. Latrobe and relating to Mr. Latrobe. Latrobe was Mayor of Baltimore for seven terms, spanning the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

  • Stabler family papers, 1893-1973, bulk 1941-1973

    This collection documents the activities of the Stabler family primarily from 1941 to 1973. The Stabler family previously owned the land that is now the UMBC campus. Personal histories including correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippins related to the construction of Spring Grove and UMBC, official family documents, and certificates provide a brief biographical sketch of the members of the Hayes/Stabler family. Ephemera and books are also included.

  • Ernest Kempe collection

    Coverage: 1865-1953
    This collection, compiled and collected by Ernest Kempe, includes a series of scrapbook pages from twenty binders and a ledger with clippings dealing with Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Baltimore Sun archives

    Coverage: Index Only
    Special Collections maintains a growing Baltimore Sun archives which includes approximately 750,000 photographs, negatives, transperencies, and archival collections documenting the Sun's history dating to 1837.

  • Baltimore Sun financial and selected labor records

    Coverage: 1837-1986
    Contains information pertaining to Sun finances and Baltimore Newspaper Guild relations. Financial materials include monthly statements, treasurer's reports, tax and payroll records, financial correspondence, and transactional files in both loose and ledger formats. Among the Guild materials are correspondence, meeting minutes, Guild negotiation documents, and newsletters from the late 1930s and early 1940s, many of which were the personal copies of H.L. Mencken.

  • Finding Aid to the Albin O. Kuhn Papers [Archival collection]

    Coverage: Index Only
    Finding aid. Albin O. Kuhn's papers document his employment in the University System of Maryland including his involvement with the College Park and Baltimore campuses as professor and administrator and the development of the Baltimore County campus where he served as the first chancellor. The collection is available to researchers in the Special Collections department during working hours or by appointment.

  • Harold A. McDougall papers

    Coverage: Index Only
    Papers from Harold McDougall's book, Black Baltimore: A New Theory of Community (Temple University Press, 1993). Includes correspondence, research notes, photographs, and reviews.

  • O'Donnell family papers, 1831-1932

    Coverage: Index Only
    Papers of the descendants of John O'Donnell, the founder of Canton in southeastern Baltimore, Md., and his wife, Sarah Chew Elliott O'Donnell. Materials include correspondence, journals, and family histories.


  • Free online resource Local History Resource Wiki

    A collection of links relating to regional Maryland history with an emphasis on Baltimore. Includes contact and collection information for libraries, museums, historical societies as well as locations of historical newspapers, oral histories, digital images and illustrations, and online documentary projects.



Personal Papers

Collections of the personal papers of writers, photographers and other individuals held at UMBC.
  • Jule Eisenbud collection on Ted Serios and thoughtographic photography

    Coverage: 1931-1999
    The Eisenbud collection, originating mainly from the 1960s during the years of Eisenbud's experimentation on renowned psychic photographer Ted Serios, provide an introduction to the psychic phenomenon 'thoughtography'. This collection contains thousands of photographs documenting Eisenbud's research and evidence of thoughtography.

  • Mildred Grossman papers

    The papers of Mildred Grossman cover her active and dedicated life. Included within the collection are photographs, both professional and personal, correspondence between friends and clients, diaries, daybooks, financial, medical, and legal documents. The photographs in this collection include a selection related to the Hotel Trades Council's exhibit "Portrait of a Union" and hundreds of personal photographs. Grossman's professional photographs have been removed and are housed with UMBC's Photography Collections.

  • Dick Higgins collection

    Coverage: 1958-2002
    Showcases Dick Higginsís influence on the Fluxus movement through his artwork and publishing house, Something Else Press. Higginsís embraced this idea and went on to create performance pieces such as Happenings and Danger Music; visual, concrete, and pattern poetry; mail art; prints and paintings; as well as his publication work through Something Else Press, all of which are represented in this collection.

  • Television scripts

    Coverage: 1954-1978
    This collection of television scripts spans the 1950s through the 1970s.

  • Leonardo J. Sirios papers, 2005

    Coverage: Index Only
    Papers include two postcards sent from Leonardo J. Sirios featuring his photographs.

  • Jaromir Stephany papers, 1928-2010

    Coverage: Index Only
    The Jaromir Stephany papers contain records relating to Stephany's work as a photographer and educator, as well as his personal papers. Included in this collection are professional and personal correspondence, teaching materials, personal photographs, genealogical records, and files from Stephany's exhibitions. There are also personal writings, interviews of Stephany, and audio-recordings of lectures by other photographers.

  • Solidarity collection, 1989-1990

    Coverage: Index Only
    The Solidarity collection contains political memorabilia and newspapers from the senate and parliamentary campaigns of the Polish Solidarity movement in 1989. The collection includes hundreds of posters, handouts, leaflets, and ephemera.



Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts

The literary manuscripts collections at UMBC include manuscripts, gallery and page proofs and other pre-publication materials, primarily by science fiction and fantasy authors.
  • Brian C. Daley papers

    Coverage: 1978-1996
    This collection contains an assortment of materials written and collected by Brian Daley. Daley was an American bestselling science fiction author. Included within the collection are notes, photographs, professional and personal correspondence, drafts, newspaper clippings, personal movies, and personal documents. The majority of the collection spans the 1980s and 1990s and also includes some of the author's earlier papers, such as personal correspondence from the Vietnam War.

  • Roger Zelazny papers

    Coverage: 1970-1976
    These papes cover Roger Zelazny's professional career from 1970-1976. Materials include manuscripts of his books, stories, and articles; correspondence with literary agent Henry Morrison, publishing companies, and other science fiction authors; and selections of related Zelazny publications.

  • David F. Bischoff papers

    Coverage: 1970-1991
    This collection centers on Bischoff's work as a science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer. Over 800 manuscripts are included, along with correspondence and other personal papers.

  • Joseph L. Sanders correspondence

    Coverage: Index Only
    One box of letters written by Roger Zelanzy to Joseph L. Sanders, 1980-1995


Additional science fiction literary manuscript information:

In addition to the processed manuscript collections above, there are many author literary manucripts available for your use. A listing of the authors available is below. To view records for our holdings, please use the Special Collections Search or click on one of the names below. Search tip: include the desired author in the "Creator" search field. Related materials in the Azriel Rosenfeld Science Fiction Research Collection include science fiction and fantasy pulps, comics, fanzines, and published works.

Literary manuscript authors: George Andrews, Dennis Russell Bailey, Doug Beekman, David Bischoff, A. Bertram Chandler, Robert Chilson, Gerard F. Conway, Brian Daley, John DeChancie, Gordon R. Dickson, John K. Diomede, Lu Easterbrook, Scott Edelstein, John Ellis, Kate Ennis, M.A. Foster, Herbert Franke, Raymond Z. Gallun, Joseph Green, Charles L. Harness, Harry Harrison, C.M. Kornbluth, Michael Kurland, Chris Lampton, Thomas F. Monteleone, Don Newton, John Norman, Ted Pedersen, Fredrik Pohl, John Rackham, Diane Seiler, Charles Sheffield, Cecil Snyder III, Brian M. Stableford, Stephen Tall, Louis Trimble, E.C. Tubb, William Walling, Lisa Putman White, Ted White, Roger Zelazny.

Literary manuscript authors
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