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Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka

Creator:
Clarke, Arthur C., Sir (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008  Search this
Extent:
95.02 Cubic feet (188 legal size boxes; 5 15 x 12 x 3 flat boxes; 1 16 x 20 x 3 flat box; 4 12 x 8 x 5 shoeboxes)
88.55 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1932-2012
bulk 1950-2008
Summary:
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the preeminent science-fiction writers of the 20th century.
Scope and Contents:
Contains personal and business correspondence, manuscripts of most of Clarke's fiction works in various draft states, short stories, articles, addresses, speeches, movie outlines, Apollo 11 broadcast material, datebooks & notebooks, reference materials, business cards of visitors & contacts, photos & slides. There is some material by people other than the creator such as manuscripts and film/TV scripts.

This collection also includes audio-visual material. Please contact the Media Archivist for access.
Arrangement:
Series were based on the creator's original arrangement of material.

Arranged into 7 Series:

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Original Writing

2.1: "Clarkives"

2.2: Non-"Clarkives"

2.3: Articles, Short Stories

2.4: Lectures, Speeches

Series 3: Media & Publicity

Series 4: Awards & Tributes

Series 5: Manuscripts written by others relating to Clarke's Literary Works

Series 6: Miscellaneous

Series 7: Images

7.1: Photos

7.2: Slide Albums
Biographical / Historical:
Born on December 16, 1917, in Minehead, England, Arthur Charles Clarke became obsessed with science fiction and astronomy at a young age. He was the eldest of four children born into a farming family, however he would become, with his brother Fred Clarke acting as a business associate, one of the leading names in science fiction.

During World War II Clarke served as a radar instructor and in his free time became one of the early members of the British Interplanetary Society. In 1945, Clarke made one of his earliest predictions (he called them "extrapolations") when he came up with the idea of communication satellites. He became known for this uncanny prescience which is seen in so much of his work.

In 1948 Clarke graduated from King's College, London with honors in math and physics. By 1951, Clarke had gained respect as both a fiction and non-fiction writer with Interplanatary Flight and Prelude to Space, respectively.

In 1956, Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, where he could indulge a new obsession - skin diving. He remained in Sri Lanka for the rest of his life, creating a diving company and funding many science education programs in the country.

Perhaps Clarke's most recognizable feat came when he was able to work with Stanly Kubrick over a course of 4 years in order to create the book and film 2001: A Space Odyssey which was loosely based on the earlier Clarke story "The Sentinel."

Clarke accomplished an amazing amount of writing, speaking tours, TV appearances and humantarian work despite suffering from post-polio syndrome for decades. He won numerous awards, mostly for his science fiction but also for popularizing science. He was knighted in 1998. He died, age 90, March 19, 2008.
Provenance:
Arthur C. Clarke Trust, gift, 2014
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Underwater archaeology -- 1960's  Search this
nonfiction novels  Search this
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Artificial satellites  Search this
Manned space flight  Search this
Apollo 11 Flight  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Science fiction  Search this
Citation:
Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka, Acc. 2015-0010, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2015.0010
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Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2015-0010
Online Media:

Star Trek Starship Enterprise Model Drawings

Topic:
Star trek (Television program : 1966-1969)
Creator:
Columbia Broadcasting System, inc.  Search this
Extent:
0.16 Cubic feet ((1 folder))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Date:
bulk 1964
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of two original paper drawings of the Star Trek Starship Enterprise 33-inch model plans, drawn by Matt Jefferies in 1964. One of the drawing is 56 by 30 inches, the other is 42.5 by 27.75 inches. The back of one of the drawings also include a sample of over sprayed paint from the base color of the 33-inch model, and both have handwritten notes and diagrams from model-maker Richard C. Datin.
Biographical / Historical:
The weekly hour-long Star Trek TV show (NBC-TV), which aired from September 1966 until June 1969, became one of the most popular shows in the history of television. The show's depiction of a racially-integrated, multinational crew of men and women working together successfully, as well as its attention to contemporary social and political issues, pushed the boundaries of network television, earning Star Trek a dedicated fan base.
The principal designer of the Star Trek Starship Enterprise model, Walter "Matt" Jefferies, worked with concepts provided by Star Trek's creator Gene Roddenberry. A 33 inch model mostly of solid wood was then built by model-maker Richard C. Datin under subcontract to the Howard Anderson Company. This model, created as a study model and for publicity shots, did appear in some episodes. For production, however, Desilu/Howard Anderson ordered a larger model, the 11-foot Star Trek Starship Enterprise studio model (held by the Museum since 1974) which was built from enlarging the 33 inch model plans.
Provenance:
Noel McDonald /and CBS, Gift, 2016
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Science fiction  Search this
Popular culture  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Citation:
Star Trek Starship Enterprise Model Drawings, Accession 2016-0028, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2016.0028
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2016-0028

Arthur C. Clarke 1991 Journal

Creator:
Clarke, Arthur C. (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008  Search this
Extent:
0.25 Cubic feet (One slim letter box.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Journal
Date:
1991
Summary:
This collection consists of a folder of material that consists of handwritten and typed pages of Sir Arthur C. Clarke's 1991 journal.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a folder of material that consists of handwritten and typed pages of Sir Arthur C. Clarke's 1991 journal. In the entries Clarke records both personal and professional activities. The folder also contains a few letters and cards, as well as a few articles, mostly concerning gay rights issues in Sri Lanka.
Arrangement:
Arranged by date.
Biographical / Historical:
Born on December 16, 1917, in Minehead, England, Arthur Charles Clarke became obsessed with science fiction and astronomy at a young age. He was the eldest of four children born into a farming family, however, he would become, with his brother Fred Clarke acting as a business associate, one of the leading names in science fiction. During World War II Clarke served as a radar instructor and in his free time became one of the early members of the British Interplanetary Society. In 1945, Clarke made one of his earliest predictions (he called them "extrapolations") when he came up with the idea of communication satellites. He became known for this uncanny prescience which is seen in so much of his work. In 1948 Clarke graduated from King's College, London with honors in mathematics and physics. By 1951, Clarke had gained respect as both a fiction and non-fiction writer with Interplanetary Flight and Prelude to Space, respectively. In 1956, Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, where he could indulge a new obsession, skin diving. He remained in Sri Lanka for the rest of his life, creating a diving company and funding many science education programs in the country. Perhaps Clarke's most recognizable feat came when he was able to work with Stanley Kubrick over the course of 4 years in order to create the book and film 2001: A Space Odyssey which was loosely based on the earlier Clarke story "The Sentinel." Clarke accomplished an amazing amount of writing, speaking tours, TV appearances and humanitarian work despite suffering from post-polio syndrome for decades. He won numerous awards, mostly for his science fiction but also for popularizing science. He was knighted in 1998. He died, age 90, March 19, 2008.
Provenance:
Angie Edwards, Gift, 2018, NASM.2018.0081
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Science fiction  Search this
Lesbian and gay experience  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Journal
Citation:
Arthur C. Clarke 1991 Journal, NASM.2018.0081, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2018.0081
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2018-0081

Illustrierter Film-Kurier Program, "Frau im Mond"

Creator:
Lang, Fritz., 1890-1976  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Programs
Date:
1929
Summary:
This collection consists of two copies of a 1929 issue of Illustrierter Film-Kurier that is a film program for "Frau im Mond."
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of two copies of a 1929 issue of Illustrierter Film-Kurier that is a film program for "Frau im Mond." Each program is six pages long and features numerous images from the movie as well as text (in German) and cast and credit information. The front and back covers are also illustrated.
Arrangement:
Collection is in original order.
Biographical / Historical:
During the 1920s and 1930s, science fiction writers, filmmakers, and others used new forms of popular media to showcase the possibilities of space travel. Especially noteworthy are some of the realistic space science fiction films of that era. In some cases, rocket pioneers served as technical experts to assure scientific accuracy. Once such film is "Frau im Mond," released in 1929 by UFA. "Frau im Mond" was produced, directed, and written by Fritz Lang, story by Thea von Harbou, and Willy Ley and Hermann Julius Oberth served as technical advisors.
Provenance:
Unknown, NASM.XXXX.0909
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Motion pictures  Search this
Science fiction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Programs
Citation:
Illustrierter Film-Kurier Program, "Frau im Mond," NASM.XXXX.0909, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0909
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0909

Comic Book Collection

Extent:
0.9 Cubic Feet ((2 boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Comic books
Date:
bulk 1954-1978
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of comic books dating from the 1950s through the 1970s, collected from various sources. Many of the titles are space or science fiction themed. Titles include Action Comics, Astounding Stories, Dan Dare, Dennis the Menace, Flying Saucer Comics, Mystery in Space, Superman, and Weird Science.
Included are adaptations of movies and television programs, including "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "The Invaders," "The Jetsons," "Lost in Space" ("Space Family Robinson"), "Men into Space," "The Mouse that Roared," "Space 1999," "Star Trek," "Star Wars," "Thunderbirds," and "The Twilight Zone."
Also included are adaptations of classic novels, including H. G. Wells' The First Men in the Moon and War of the Worlds, and Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon, Master of the World and Off on a Comet.
Foreign language comics include examples in French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Thai. The collection includes one copy, from 1973, of Mad magazine.
Provenance:
Unknown, probably various; found in collection
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Science fiction  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Popular culture  Search this
Genre/Form:
Comic books
Citation:
Comic Book Collection, Accession XXXX-1114, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.1114
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-1114

Science Fiction Club Newsletters

Extent:
1.09 Cubic Feet ((1 records center box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Publications
Newsletters
Place:
Outer space
Date:
1961-1975
bulk 1966-1972
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of various newsletters and publications prepared by science fiction enthusiasts in the United States and Canada, as well as catalogs relating to science fiction publications. The material includes multiple titles, with only selected issues of each, i.e., no complete runs of any publication. Publications are largely amateur in nature and consist of articles and stories dealing with futurism, space travel and extraterrestrial life.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
No donor information, Gift, unknown, XXXX-0142, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Science fiction  Search this
Future in literature  Search this
Life on other planets  Search this
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Space flight  Search this
Genre/Form:
Publications
Newsletters
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0142
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0142

Cyberfest Postal Covers and Arthur C. Clarke Letter

Extent:
0.05 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Date:
1997-1998
Summary:
This collection consists of two postal covers designed for Cyberfest by the Champaign-Urbana Stamp Club and a letter from Arthur C. Clarke.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of two postal covers designed for Cyberfest by the Champaign-Urbana Stamp Club, both of which are postmarked January 12, 1997 in Urbana, Illinois. One of the covers is autographed by Arthur C. Clarke. The collection also contains a letter from Clarke to Judy Tolliver, dated January 6, 1998, thanking her for sending him a copy of the film made for Cyberfest and a listing of the status of his current projects.
Arrangement:
This collection is in original order.
Biographical / Historical:
Cyberfest was a weeklong celebration of the birthday of the HAL 9000 computer, a character in the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (both written by Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick), which was held at the University of Illinois and in the cities of Champaign and Urbana in January 1997. Arthur C. Clarke participated in the festivities by appearing via satellite video link at the gala event at the end of the week and also appeared in a film with Roger Ebert made for the event. Judy Tolliver was working in the University's Department of Computer Science and was the originator of Cyberfest as well as serving as one of the event's organizers.
Provenance:
Judy Tolliver, Gift, 2017, NASM.2018.0004
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Astronautics  Search this
Science fiction  Search this
Covers (Philately) -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Citation:
Cyberfest Postal Covers and Arthur C. Clarke Letter, NASM.2018.0004, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2018.0004
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2018-0004

"Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon)" Mutoscope

Creator:
Méliès, Georges,, 1861-1938  Search this
Extent:
1.09 Cubic Feet ((1 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Mutoscope
Date:
bulk 1902
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a mutoscope reel containing a section of "Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon)" by Georges Melies (1902).
Biographical / Historical:
"Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon)," was a French black and white silent science fiction film, written, directed and produced by Georges Melies in 1902. A version of this production was shown via a mutoscope, an early motion picture device in which individual film frames were attached to a circular core. Mutoscopes were coin-operated and the patron viewed the cards through a single lens enclosed by a hood. Each machine held only a single reel and was dedicated to the presentation of a single short subject
Provenance:
Original donor unknown; transferred from NASM Collections Division, Transfer, 2013
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Motion pictures  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Science fiction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Mutoscope
Citation:
"Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon)" Mutoscope, Accession 2013-0051, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2013.0051
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2013-0051

Babylon 5 Collection

Creator:
Straczynski, Joe.  Search this
Extent:
0.47 Cubic Feet ((1 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Publications
Calendars
Newsletters
Date:
bulk 1995-1999
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the following items relating to Babylon 5: Babylon 5 calendars for 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000; Cult Times, December 1997; The Official Monthly Magazine for Babylon 5, August 1997, September 1997; TV Zone, Issue 97; The A - Z guide to Babylon 5; The Official Babylon 5 Collector's Magazine, 1995; Sci-Fi Flix September 1996; Universe Today, Fall 1998 and Winter 1999; Cinescape, February 1966; Sci - fi Invasion!: The Science Fiction Magazine, Spring 1998 (still in wrapper); TV Guide, July 5 -11, 1997; The Official Babylon 5 Fan Club Universe Today Newsletter, 1996-1999; printouts from a Babylon 5 discussion list with creator Joe Straczynski; and a package of The Official Babylon 5 Fan Club material, including a poster, a photograph, and a membership card.
Biographical / Historical:
The epic sci-fi series Babylon 5 was a unique experiment in the history of television. It was effectively a novel for television in five seasons, consisting of 110 episodes with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Babylon 5 had a strong fan base, with nearly 500 websites dedicated to the series.
Provenance:
Jeannie Whited, Gift, 2005
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Television programs  Search this
Science fiction  Search this
Space flight  Search this
Interplanetary voyages  Search this
Babylon 5  Search this
Genre/Form:
Publications
Calendars
Newsletters
Citation:
Babylon 5 Collection, Accession number 2005-0075, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2005.0075
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2005-0075

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