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University of Sydney Library

Entry updated 22 March 2012. Tagged: Community.

Host to one of the world's biggest institutional collections of sf and fantasy (65,000+ items); it is surprising to find such a thing in Australia, a country where sf plays only a minimal role in academic curricula. The collection is part of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library, and is publicly accessible. It was begun in 1974, and dramatically expanded in 1979 when bequeathed the huge collection of Ron Graham, the very active sf fan who had published Vision of Tomorrow (1969-1970). A 1991 count showed over 53,000 sf items (books, magazines and fanzines) and a further 12,000+ items in the Comics collection (mostly Superhero titles). [PN]

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