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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 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 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 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:
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:

Communications satellites; proceedings. Organized by the British Interplanetary Society. Advisory editor: L.J. Carter

Author:
Symposium on Communications Satellites (1961 : London)  Search this
Carter, Leonard J (Leonard James)  Search this
British Interplanetary Society  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 202 p. illus., maps. 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1962
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5101.A1S98 1961
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_103366

Satellite communications in the next decade : proceedings of the 14th Goddard Memorial Symposium, held March 12, 1976, Washington, D.C. / edited by Leonard Jaffe ; cosponsored by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

Author:
AAS Goddard Memorial Symposium (14th : 1976 : Washington, D.C).)  Search this
Jaffe, Leonard 1926-  Search this
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics  Search this
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 177 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Congresses
Conference papers and proceedings
Date:
1977
©1977
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5104.A16 1976X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_104500

Communication satellites for the 70's: systems; a collection of technical papers selected from the AIAA 3rd Communications Satellite Systems Conference, April 1970, subsequently revised for this volume. Edited by Nathaniel E. Feldman [and] Charles M. Kelly

Author:
AIAA Communications Satellite Systems Conference (3d : 1970 : Los Angeles)  Search this
Feldman, Nathaniel E. 1925-  Search this
Kelly, Charles Matthias 1922-  Search this
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 657 p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1971
[1971]
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5104 .A104 1970
TK5104.A104 1970
TL507.P75 v. 26
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_10918

La terra esplorata e servita dai satelliti : Atti ufficiali del IX Convegno internazionale tecnico-scientifico sullo spazio, 19-21 marzo [1969]

Title:
Convegno internazionale tecnico-scientifico sullo spazio
Atti ufficiali del IX Convegno Internazionale Tecnico-Scientifico sullo spazio
Author:
International Technical Scientific Meeting on Space  Search this
Rassegna internazionale elettronica e nucleare  Search this
Physical description:
x, 379 p. : ill., charts, diagrs. ; 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1969
[1969]
Topic:
Telecommunication  Search this
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5101 .C763 1969
TK5101.C763 1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_116494

Communication satellite earth station technology; edited lectures

Author:
United States Seminar on Communication Satellite Earth Station Technology (1966 : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 649 p. illus., diagrs. 28 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
N.d.]
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5101.A1 U58
TK5101.A1U58
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_160724

Tracing new orbits : cooperation and competition in global satellite development / edited by Donna A. Demac

Author:
Demac, Donna A  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 329 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1986
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
HE9719.T73 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_305150

Communications satellite technology. Edited by P. L. Bargellini

Author:
AIAA Communications Satellite Systems Conference (4th : 1972 : Washington, D.C)  Search this
Bargellini, P. L  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 570 p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1974
[1974]
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5104 .A104c 1972
TK5104.A104c 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_34952

Communications satellite systems. Edited by P. L. Bargellini

Author:
AIAA Communications Satellite Systems Conference (4th : 1972 : Washington, D.C)  Search this
Bargellini, P. L  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 480 p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1974
[1974]
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5104 .A104 1972
TK5104.A104 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_34953

Satellite communications : future systems / edited by David Jarett

Author:
AIAA Communications Satellite Systems Conference (6th : 1976 : Montreal)  Search this
Jarett, David  Search this
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics  Search this
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 541 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1977
C1977
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5104 .A104s 1976
TK5104.A104s 1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_397910

Tenth International Conference on Digital Satellite Communications : 15-19 May, 1995 / venue, the Metropole Hotel, Brighton, UK ; [organised by British Telecommunications plc and INTELSAT in association with the Institution of Electrical Engineers]

Title:
10th International Conference on Digital Satellite Communications
ICDSC-10
ICDSC ten
Digital satellite communications
Author:
International Conference on Digital Satellite Communications (10th : 1995 : Brighton, England)  Search this
British Telecom  Search this
International Telecommunications Satellite Organization  Search this
Institution of Electrical Engineers  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. (xxvi, 712 p.) : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Digital communications  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_490621

Communication satellite systems technology; a collection of technical papers drawn mainly from the AIAA Communications Satellite Systems Conference, May 2-4, 1966. Edited by Richard B. Marsten

Author:
AIAA Communications Satellite Systems Conference (1st : 1966 : Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Marsten, Richard Barry 1925-  Search this
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 1051 p. illus., maps. 25 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1966
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5104 .A104 1966
TK5104.A104 1966
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_55949

Space radio communication, a symposium held under the auspices of the International Scientific Radio Union in Paris in September, 1961

Author:
Brown, G. M  Search this
International Scientific Radio Union  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 630 p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1962
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TL3035 .B87 1961
TL3035.B87 1961
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_66639

Communications satellite developments, systems / edited by Gilbert E. LaVean, William G. Schmidt

Author:
AIAA Communications Satellite Systems Conference (5th : 1974 : Los Angeles)  Search this
LaVean, Gilbert E  Search this
Schmidt, William G  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 334 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1976
C1976
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5104 .A104 1974
TK5104.A104 1974
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_74459

Communications satellite developments, technology / edited by William G. Schmidt, Gilbert E. LaVean

Author:
AIAA Communications Satellite Systems Conference (5th : 1974 : Los Angeles)  Search this
Schmidt, William G  Search this
LaVean, Gilbert E  Search this
AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting (12th : 1974 : Washington, D.C)  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 419 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1976
C1976
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5104 .A104t 1974
TK5104.A104t 1974
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_74560

The impact of space science on mankind : [proceedings of the thirty-first Nobel Symposium on the Impact of Space Science on Mankind held at Spatind, Norway, September 7-12, 1975] / edited by Tim Greve, Finn Lied, and Erik Tandberg

Author:
Nobel Symposium (31st : 1975 : Spåtind, Norway)  Search this
Greve, Tim 1926-  Search this
Lied, Finn  Search this
Tandberg, Erik 1932-  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 125 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1976
C1976
Topic:
Scientific satellites  Search this
Astronautics in earth sciences  Search this
Space sciences  Search this
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TL798.S3 N6 1975X
TL798.S3N6 1975X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_82545

Planning for a planet; an international discussion on the structure of satellite communications

Author:
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace  Search this
Twentieth Century Fund  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 27 p. 23 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1971
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5104 .P58X
TK5104.P58X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_8281

Communication satellites for the 70's: technology; a collection of technical papers. Edited by Nathaniel E. Feldman [and] Charles M. Kelly

Author:
AIAA Communications Satellite Systems Conference (3d : 1970 : Los Angeles)  Search this
Feldman, Nathaniel E. 1925-  Search this
Kelly, Charles Matthias 1922-  Search this
Physical description:
614 p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1971
[1971]
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5104 .A104t 1970
TK5104.A104t 1970
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_86335

INTELSAT/IEE International Conference on Digital Satellite Communication [proceedings] 25-27 November 1969, held at the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Savoy Place, London, W.C. 2

Author:
INTELSAT/IEE International Conference on Digital Satellite Communication (1969 : London)  Search this
International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium  Search this
Institution of Electrical Engineers  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 558 p. illus., maps. 30 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1969
Topic:
Artificial satellites in telecommunication  Search this
Call number:
TK5104 .I106 1969
TK5104.I106 1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_7650

Sovetskiĭ iskusstvennyi Sputnik zemli opublikovano v gazete "Pravda" 5-12 oktiabria 1957 goda

Title:
Советский искусственныи Спутник земли : opublikovano v gazete "Pravda" 5-12 okti͡abri͡a 1957 goda
Physical description:
77 pages illustrations 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1957
Topic:
Artificial satellites, Russian  Search this
Call number:
TL796.5.R8 S729
TL796.5.R8S729
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_144008

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