Science fiction fanzines and prozines, circa 1939-1971: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Cataloging of this collection was made possible by the Ruth Miller Memorial Philanthropic Fund.

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Location: Science Fiction Room
Call No.: SF-3133
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Science fiction fanzines and prozines,
Date(s): 1939-1971.
Quantity: 1 collection (4.25 linear feet (13 boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English and Dutch.
Abstract: Predominantly English-language international science fiction fanzines, prozines, and convention publications.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Paul S. Clarkson; received: 1957; and gifts from other sources.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Anna Krohn and Melanie Wisner.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Science Fiction Fanzines and Prozines, circa 1939-1971 (SF-3133). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

This collection forms part of the Houghton Library Science Fiction Collection.
Science fiction (SF) fandom began in the United States in the late 1920s and early 1930s in letter columns in the professional magazines (promags or prozines) such as Amazing Stories in the late 1920s and Weird Tales beginning in 1923. Readers commented on stories, authors, artists, SF clubs, and other fans. This correspondence led to the formation of local SF clubs, the publication of amateur magazines and newsletters (called fanmags, then fanzines), and the organization of local, regional, and national conventions. Some of these early clubs were sponsored by the SF prozines.
In 1941, the National Fantasy Fan Federation (NFFF or N3F) was organized by members of The Stranger Club of Boston, Massachusetts with 64 charter members. N3F member Louis Russell Chauvenet is credited with creating the term "fanzine" in 1940.


Arranged in two series, each of which is arranged alphabetically by title or organization name:

Scope and Contents

The collection contains over three hundred fanzines, prozines, conference materials, and other related non-fiction items published in the United States with a few from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, and Northern Ireland, from the 1930s through the 1960s with the bulk from the 1950s.
"Associated names" listed with each item represent individuals or groups who assisted in the production of the fanzine or authored original material for the fanzine; contributors of letters to the editor are not listed.

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