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Theodore Sturgeon Reception
July 7, 2011 - Lawrence, Kansas
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Theodore Sturgeon reception
Reception before the announcement at Watson Library

At a reception and program held at Watson Library on the campus of the University of Kansas, it was announced that the definitive collection of late author Theodore Sturgeon's books, papers, manuscripts and correspondence will be established at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at KU, which also is home to the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The Sturgeon Award for the best short science fiction is given annually at the center's Campbell Conference.

The collection includes:

The Sturgeon collection, valued at $600,000, had been privately held in two parts - the Woodstock collection, from his widow, Marion, and the Sturgeon Literary Trust collection managed by daughter Noël. Additional support came from KU's Center for the Study of Science Fiction, English department and Spencer Research Library.

In making the donation, Noël Sturgeon credits the work of James Gunn, professor emeritus of English at KU and a noted science fiction author who created KU's Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction in 1975 and the Center for the Study of Science Fiction in 1982.

"Jim's long dedication to the teaching and scholarship of science fiction, and his particular interest in and support of my father's work, was the main impetus behind our choice of the Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas as the home for Sturgeon's collection of papers," she said.

Beth Whittaker, head of Spencer Research Library, said, "This extraordinary gift ensures that Sturgeon's profound literary and cultural legacy will be available to new generations of scholars, writers and readers."

Kij Johnson, Brad Denton
?, ?, Kij Johnson, Brad Denton



Danny Anderson, Tim Casoni
Danny Anderson (Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences), Tim Casoni

Christopher McKitterick, Nathaniel Williams
Christopher McKitterick (Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction), Nathaniel Williams

Theodore Sturgeon Collection
A small selection from the Sturgeon Collection

Homemade card given to Theodore Sturgeon by his mother - Theodore Sturgeon's Seaman's Certificate of Identification

Letters to Theodore Sturgeon from Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Kurt Vonnegut


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