houses rare, fragile, and unique materials ranging from a 4,000 year old Sumerian tablet to early printed books, photographs and prints, sheet music, ephemera, and history and literature collections. Learn more about one of our collections below.
The Special Collections Department of the University of South Florida Tampa Library supports the research and teaching missions of the University of South Florida by acquiring, preserving, and providing access to select and targeted monographs, manuscripts, illustrations, maps, sheet music, photographs, archival materials, and printed ephemera, as well as audio/video, images, and text in select digital formats. Collections are intended for use by the university community as well as the general public according to the policies and procedures established by the Department.
Special Collections holds a growing number of science fiction novels, short story collections, and magazines. Of particular strength are published materials that support manuscript collections, including nearly complete collections of first editions, often signed, by Brian Aldiss, Harry Harrison, and Mike Resnick’s works. There are also a number of paperback first printings representing the golden age of science fiction (1930-1950) and New Wave science fiction (1960-1970) as well as curiosities such as the Esperanto translation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s A Princess of Mars as Princino de Marso.
The collection is currently under expansion to include science fiction from Germany and Latin America, as well as feminist science fiction. The materials in these sub-collections are often ephemeral and therefore incredibly scarce; USF is frequently the only library in the United States – and sometimes the world – to have specific titles of German role playing game books, independently published Latin American series, and counter-culture novels.
Piers Anthony Papers
Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob is better known as Piers Anthony, the prolific author of science fiction and fantasy novels, including the best-selling Xanth series. Anthony, an alumnus of the University of South Florida, has won numerous awards for his science fiction and has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards.
The Anthony papers include manuscripts of more than eighty-five books and short stories, correspondence, and a daily work record.
Harry Harrison Papers
The Harrison papers primarily consist of typescripts, setting copies, and copyedited proofs of many of Harrison’s published works. The collection also includes typescripts of unpublished materials and a small amount of correspondence. Coverage of short stories dates from 1964-1987; coverage of novels dates from 1996-2002; correspondence dates from 1972-2004. Editorial notation is prevalent throughout the collection.
Frederik Pohl Papers
The Pohl papers are comprised principally of manuscripts, drafts, notes, proofs, and other documents relating to science fiction and nonfiction works written by Frederik Pohl. The collection also includes correspondence, speeches given by Mr. Pohl, and reviews of his publications. Although the earliest items date from 1952, most of the materials range from the early 1970s through 2005.
Mike Resnick Papers
The Resnick papers consist of correspondence, original manuscripts and proofs, articles and reviews written by Resnick, screenplays, as well as a variety of multi media, including video tapes, compact discs, cassette tapes, and floppy disks.
Charles Sheffield Papers
The Sheffield papers include the author’s correspondence and notebooks as well as book reviews, copies of his novels, short stories, essays, speeches, and unpublished works. The collection also includes Sheffield’s publishing contracts, awards, dust jackets, and additional graphic materials.