Clarke, Arthur C., Sir (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008 Search this
Scope and Contents:
Contains personal and business correspondence. Occasionally includes speeches by Arthur C. Clarke, editor's notes on various novels, interview transcripts, photos sent by the letter writers (sometimes of Clarke,) newspaper clippings and pages from magazines.
Some correspondence was grouped separately, by correspondent, even though these correspondents also occur in the general correspondence.
In 1998, Arthur Clarke's correspondence with Lord Dunsany was published as a book.
Notable correspondents include: J.B.S. Haldane, Wernher von Braun, Ben Bova, Val Cleaver, Fred Clarke, Bill Temple, John W. Campbell, Horace Dall, Robert & Ginny Heinlein, Hugh Hefner, Felix Godwin, Patrick Moore, Willian Macquitty, Carl Sagan, Luis Alvarez, Stanley Kubrick, Esther Goddard, Nigel Calder, Issac Asimov, Michael Moorcock, Willy Ley, John Glenn, Ray Bradbury, Brian Aldiss, George Mueller, James Webb, Paul Garber, David Gerrold, Gregory Peck, Ivan Yefremov, David Lasser, Owen Gingrich, Gore Vidal, Douglas Trumbell, Sam Youd, Frederick Pohl, Fred Durant, Mike Wilson, Roger Caras, Robert K.G. Temple, Buckminster Fuller, Walter Cronkite, Fred Whipple, Harlan Ellison, Jack Williamson, Baird Searles, Uri Geller, Gene Rodenberry, Frank Herbert, Frank Rich, Alan Dean Foster, J. William Fulbright, William Hartmann, Gregory Benford, Frank Drake, Jerry Pournelle, Bill Moyers, Katherine MacLean, Neil McAleer, Gerard O'Neil, Yuri Artsutanov, Robert Forward, Larry Niven, Kurt Vonnegut, Marilyn Clarke, W.H. Pickering, Max Von Sydow, David Langford, Nigel Calder, Harry Miller, Fred Ordway, Satyajit Ray, Michael Crichton, Kenneth Anger, Spark Matsunaga, Gioia Marconi Braga, James Randi, Michael A. G. Michaud, Alexei Leonov, Steve Jobs, Peter Hyams, G. David Brin, Michael Collins, Kathryn Lindskoog, Gentry Lee, Stephen Baxter, Margaret Atwood, Richard Hoagland, Alistair Cooke, John Updike, Hayley Mills, George Zebrowski, Greg Bear, Martin Gardner, David S. Garnett, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Alexander Alexandrov, Steve Wozniak, Doris Lessing, Roddy McDowall, Steven Spielberg, Carrie Fisher, Ted Turner, Peter Cushing, Charles Pellegrino, Benoit Mandelbrot, Michael Snowden, Kim Stanley Robinson, Terry Pratchett, Mike Oldfield, Poul Anderson, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Glenn, Rupert Murdoch, Stephen J. Gould, Patrick Stewart, Newt Gringrich, Bill Gates, Tom Hanks, Ray Harryhausen, Piers Bizony, the Dalai Lama, Richard Dawkins, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Roger Ebert, George Soros, Paul Kurtz, Peter Jackson, William Shatner, Robert Truax, Brian May, Steve Allen, Eugene Shoemaker, Mark Kahn.
Some associations he corresponded with were: British Interplanetary Society, JPL, NASA, IBM, National Geographic Society, Boeing, Seti, Bell Labs, The Planetary Society, European Space Agency, National Air & Space Museum, War Control Planners, various astronauts, congressmen, publishers and publications, news outlets, charities and satellite companies.
Original order by the creator was chronological by year, split into 2-3 months at a time, then alphabetically. Sometimes correspondence was in store-bought file folder with sections, sometimes in handmade "binders" but always the same arrangement. Archivist physically re-created this arrangement by using paper wrappers to represent each section. When the section was labeled by the creator, the archivist labeled the paper wrapper the same. If paper wrapper is blank then so was the original section tab.
There are some missing years in the correspondence. Misc. correspondence found loose in the collection was placed at the end of the series.
When appropriate, the processing archivist added a description beneath the file unit title.
No restrictions on access.
Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka, Acc. 2015-0010, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.