The Want List

FFE seeks access to any and all fan-created or fan-related material from late 1920s through the mid-1940s. This includes fanzines, correspondence, convention programs, original art, photographs, club ephemera such as meeting minutes, stationary or membership cards… pretty much anything that can help to tell the story of early fandom.

We will consider offers to purchase physical items or collections. We also seek high-resolution digital copies of relevant artifacts with accompanying print and digital publication permissions. All contributed assets will be attributed as requested by the source.

Please contact us at info@firstfandomexperience.org if you’d like to participate in our sourcing process.

Our coverage of fanzines from the 1930s and early 1940s is extensive but incomplete. The remaining gaps are mostly the rarest-of-the-rare. We’d appreciate leads on where physical or digital copies of these specific items might be found:

  • The International Observer, v1n6; February 1935
  • The Fourteen Leaflet, v1n3, 8; 1936
  • Novae Terrae, v1n9; December 1936 – January 1937
  • Curious Stories, v1n1, 2; 1935
  • Fantasy Pictorial (II) (Frome); May 1938
  • The Mutant (I), v1n1; 1938
  • The Science Fiction Advertiser, v1n1; December 1937
  • Hermes, n1; Winter 1938
  • Bulletin of the British Interplanetary Society, v1 (new series), any issues; 1934 – 1937
  • The Science Fiction Gazette, n1, 2, 5; 1937
  • The Fantast, v1n1, 3; April 1939 ff
  • The Chronoton, v2n1-11; October 16 1938
  • New Fandom, v2n1, n9; 1940 – 1941
  • Le Vombiteur, v3n3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11; 1939 – 1940
  • Escape, v1n7; January 1940
  • Golden Atom, v1n5, 8; 1940
  • Stardust, v2n1; September 1940
  • The Price of Peace by Mort Weisinger, Solar Publications; 1933
  • Science Fiction Advance, v1n2; July-August 1938
  • The Asteroid (II), George Hahn, any issues; 1936
  • The Comet / Cosmology (I), v1n3 – v2n6; 1930 – 1931
  • The Planetoid (II), any issues; 1932
  • Imaginative Fiction, v1n1, v1n2; 1935
  • Novae Terrae, v1n1; March 1936
    (We have a legible digital copy, so seeking higher-fidelity scans.)
  • Satellite, v2n7; July 1939
    (Our copy has been attacked by insects and partially eaten.)

And, some fanzines that we’re pretty sure we’re never going to see — but just in case:

  • The Asteroid (I), Bay Street Science Club, any issues; 1930
  • The Meteor (I), any issues; 1931
  • Cosmic Stories / Cosmic Tales, any issues; c1930 by Jerry Siegel
  • Tellus News, any issues; 1932
  • Science Fiction News, any issues from 1931 – November 1935
  • New Zealand Science Fiction Bulletin, any issues; 1935
  • Spacehounds (Australian), any issues; 1937; only one copy of each issue was printed
  • D’Journal (I), v1n2; Fall 1935 (may not exist)

Roman numerals in (parens) following the publication titles refer to their classification in the Pavlet-Evans Fanzine Index, without which projects like this would be well-nigh impossible. For a discussion of how we’re compiling a comprehensive list of relevant fanzines, please read Sam McDonald’s definitive blog post on the topic.

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