Twenty years ago, author George R. R. Martin donated his archives to the Texas A&M University Libraries. Martin’s archives are housed in the library’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection and consist of manuscripts, editions of his works, correspondence and other materials. Martin has continued to donate materials to the collection; it now includes almost 1,000 volumes of first editions and translated works, plus 200+ boxes of manuscripts and memorabilia.
From March 2013 to February 2014, the library ran a large-scale exhibit, Deeper Than Swords, together with events including a book signing and a lecture / Q&A with the author.
Apart from A Song of Ice and Fire cycle / HBO’s Game of Thrones series, the exhibit highlighted Martin’s earlier work (including juvenalia) and various accompanying artifacts and visuals.
In his talk, Martin discusses among other things his childhood and the importance of comics, books and libraries to his career.
(Additional details of the exhibition are available in the article How we brought 3,000 people to the library … With the help of Mr. George R. R. Martin by Todd Samuelson and Cait Coker, published in College & Research Libraries News July/August 2013, and Allen Reed’s article ‘Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin returns to A&M published in The Eagle on February 10, 2013.)
I’m impressed at the amount of work that Texas A&M librarians and administrators invested in this Martin exhibition and in their Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection. They’ve even built a Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database with close to 90,000 items of SF/F history and criticism. I’m sure their special collections will continue to be an invaluable resource for scholars and enthusiasts alike.
Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing. Because librarians rock! 🙂