Fantasy Amateur Press Association Publications

Collection ID: 
SCRC 256
Date: 
1963-2009
Footage: 
1963-2009

Collection Summary

Title
Fantasy Amateur Press Association Publications

Dates
1963-2009

Collection ID
SCRC 256

Creator
Fantasy Amateur Press Association

Quantity
14 linear feet (14 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.

 

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Fantasy Amateur Press Association or FAPA, established in 1937 by Donald A. Wollheim and John B. Michel, is the longest-running science fiction amateur press association ("APA"). APAs began in the late nineteenth century, and function by distributing “mailings” containing materials created by its members, copied (if necessary) and compiled by a central person, and then mailing the compiled submissions back out as a packet to members. Fanzines and APAs were integral to science fiction and comic book fandom.  Comic book fandom in the 1960s and 1970s, especially, was largely defined by fanzines and APAs. 

Membership in FAPA was originally limited to fifty, but the limit was raised to sixty-five in 1943 and has remained at that limit. In the 1950s and 1960s, the mailings were so popular that an extensive waitlist was maintained, but since the 1990s a waitlist has been unnecessary and current membership levels are around twenty-five.  Well-known members of FAPA have included Robert Bloch, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Arthur Langley Searles, and Jack Speer.

Description of Collection

This collection contains an almost complete run of issues of the Fantasy Amateur Press Association’s mailings from 1963 through 2009, with a significant gap between 1967 and 1970. The mailings included The Fantasy Amateur, the Official Organ or “memberzine” of the APA, which listed the titles and author/editors of pages of the publications included in the mailing, the membership roster listing active members, and updates and reports from the APA editor. The bulk of the mailings are comprised of newsletters, zines, and other materials produced by members, and other publications, including occasional books and issues of Fantasy Commentator.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

 

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b6415292~S30

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Fantasy Amateur Press Association Publications are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Fantasy Amateur Press Association Publications, SCRC 256, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material

Fantasy Amateur Press Association. Collection of Publications. Los Angeles, 1946. UCLA Library Special Collections. Los Angeles, CA.

 

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Alice Becker Searles, 2010.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Fiona Riso, student worker, and finding aid prepared by Fiona Riso and Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services, in February 2017.

           

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:


Corporate Names:
Fantasy Amateur Press Association

Subjects:
Fan magazines
Science fiction, American
Science fiction -- Periodicals
Science fiction -- Societies, etc.

Material Types:
Books
Ephemera
Fanzines
Membership lists
Newsletters
Periodicals
Photocopies
Publications
Zines

 

Inventory

1          1          FAPA Mailing #104          August 1963

1          2          FAPA Mailing #105          November 1963

1          3          FAPA Mailing #106          February 1964

1          4          FAPA Mailing #107          May 1964

1          5          FAPA Mailing #108          August 1964

1          6          FAPA Mailing #109          November 1964

1          7          FAPA Mailing #110          February 1965

1          8          FAPA Mailing #111          May 1965

1          9          FAPA Mailing #112          August 1965

1          10          FAPA Mailing #113          November 1965

2          1          FAPA Mailing #114          February 1966

2          2          FAPA Mailing #115          May 1966

2          3          FAPA Mailing #116          August 1966

2          4          FAPA Mailing #117          November 1966

2          5          FAPA Mailing #118          February 1967

2          6          FAPA Mailing #130          February 1970

2          7          FAPA Mailing #131          May 1970

2          8          FAPA Mailing #132          August 1970

2          9          FAPA Mailing #143          May 1973

2          10          FAPA Mailing #144          August 1973

3          1          FAPA Mailing #145          November 1973

3          2          FAPA Mailing #146          February 1974

3          3          FAPA Mailing #147          May 1974

3          4          FAPA Mailing #148          August 1974

3          5          FAPA Mailing #149          November 1974

3          6          FAPA Mailing #150          February 1975

3          7          FAPA Mailing #151          May 1975

3          8          FAPA Mailing #152          August 1975

3          9          FAPA Mailing #153          November 1975

3          10          FAPA Mailing #154          February 1976

3          11          FAPA Mailing #155          May 1976

3          12          FAPA Mailing #156          August 1976

3          13          FAPA Mailing #157          November 1976

4          1          FAPA Mailing #158          February 1977

4          2          FAPA Mailing #160          August 1977

4          3          FAPA Mailing #162          February 1978

4          4          FAPA Mailing #163          May 1978

4          5          FAPA Mailing #164          August 1978

4          6          FAPA Mailing #165          November 1978

4          7          FAPA Mailing #166          February 1979

4          8          FAPA Mailing #167          May 1979

4          9          FAPA Mailing #168          August 1979

4          10          FAPA Mailing #169          November 1979

4          11          FAPA Mailing #170          February 1980

4          12          FAPA Mailing #171          May 1980

5          1          FAPA Mailing #172          August 1980

5          2          FAPA Mailing #173          November 1980

5          3          FAPA Mailing #174          February 1981

5          4          FAPA Mailing #175          May 1981

5          5          FAPA Mailing #176          August 1981

5          6          FAPA Mailing #176          August 1981

5          7          FAPA Mailing #177          November 1981

5          8          FAPA Mailing #177          November 1981

5          9          FAPA Mailing #178          February 1982

5          10          FAPA Mailing #178          February 1982

5          11          FAPA Mailing #179          May 1982

5          12          FAPA Mailing #179          May 1982

6          1          FAPA Mailing #180          August 1982

6          2          FAPA Mailing #181          November 1982

6          3          FAPA Mailing #182          February 1983

6          4          FAPA Mailing #183          May 1983

6          5          FAPA Mailing #184          August 1983

6          6          FAPA Mailing #186          February 1984

6          7          FAPA Mailing #187          May 1984

6          8          FAPA Mailing #188          August 1984

6          9          FAPA Mailing #190          February 1985

6          10          FAPA Mailing #192          August 1985

6          11          FAPA Mailing #193          November 1985

6          12          FAPA Mailing #194          February 1986

7          1          FAPA Mailing #195          May 1986

7          2          FAPA Mailing #196          August 1986

7          3          FAPA Mailing #197          November 1986

7          4          FAPA Mailing #198          February 1987

7          5          FAPA Mailing #199          May 1987

7          6          FAPA Mailing #200          August 1987

7          7          FAPA Mailing #200 (cont.)          August 1987

7          8          FAPA Mailing #201          November 1987

7          9          FAPA Mailing #202          February 1988

7          10          FAPA Mailing #203          May 1988

7          11          FAPA Mailing #204          August 1988

7          12          FAPA Mailing #205          November 1988

8          1          FAPA Mailing #206          February 1989

8          2          FAPA Mailing #207          May 1989

8          3          FAPA Mailing #208          August 1989

8          4          FAPA Mailing #209          November 1989

8          5          FAPA Mailing #210          February 1990

8          6          FAPA Mailing #211          May 1990

8          7          FAPA Mailing #212          August 1990

8          8          FAPA Mailing #213          November 1990

8          9          FAPA Mailing #214          February 1991

8          10          FAPA Mailing #215          May 1991

8          11          FAPA Mailing #216          August 1991

8          12          FAPA Mailing #217          November 1991

9          1          FAPA Mailing #218          February 1992

9          2          FAPA Mailing #219          May 1992

9          3          FAPA Mailing #220          August 1992

9          4          FAPA Mailing #221          November 1992

9          5          FAPA Mailing #222          February 1993

9          6          FAPA Mailing #223          May 1993

9          7          FAPA Mailing #224          August 1993

9          8          FAPA Mailing #225          November 1993

9          9          FAPA Mailing #226          February 1994

9          10          FAPA Mailing #227          May 1994

9          11          FAPA Mailing #228          August 1994

9          12          FAPA Mailing #229          November 1994

10          1          FAPA Mailing #230          February 1995

10          2          FAPA Mailing #231          May 1995

10          3          FAPA Mailing #232          August 1995

10          4          FAPA Mailing #233          November 1995

10          5          FAPA Mailing #234          February 1996

10          6          FAPA Mailing #235          May 1996

10          7          FAPA Mailing #236          August 1996

10          8          FAPA Mailing #237          November 1996

10          9          FAPA Mailing #238          February 1997

10          10          FAPA Mailing #239          May 1997

10          11          FAPA Mailing #240          August 1997

10          12          FAPA Mailing #241          November 1997

11          1          FAPA Mailing #242          February 1998

11          2          FAPA Mailing #243          May 1998

11          3          FAPA Mailing #244          August 1998

11          4          FAPA Mailing #245          November 1998

11          5          FAPA Mailing #246          February 1999

11          6          FAPA Mailing #247          May 1999

11          7          FAPA Mailing #248          August 1999

11          8          FAPA Mailing #249          November 1999

11          9          FAPA Mailing #250          February 2000

11          10          FAPA Mailing #251          May 2000

12          1          FAPA Mailing #252         August 2000

12          2          FAPA Mailing #253          November 2000

12          3          FAPA Mailing #254          February 2001

12          4          FAPA Mailing #255          May 2001

12          5          FAPA Mailing #256          August 2001

12          6          FAPA Mailing #257          November 2001

12          7          FAPA Mailing #258          February 2002

12          8          FAPA Mailing #259          May 2002

12          9          FAPA Mailing #260          August 2002

12          10          FAPA Mailing #261          November 2002

12          11          FAPA Mailing #262          February 2003

12          12          FAPA Mailing #263          May 2003

13          1          FAPA Mailing #264          August 2003

13          2          FAPA Mailing #265          November 2003

13          3          FAPA Mailing #266          February 2004

13          4          FAPA Mailing #266          February 2004/May 2004

13          5          FAPA Mailing #267          May 2004

13          6          FAPA Mailing #268          August 2004

13          7          FAPA Mailing #269          November 2004

13          8          FAPA Mailing #270          February 2005

13          9          FAPA Mailing #271          May 2005

13          10          FAPA Mailing #272          August 2005

13          11          FAPA Mailing #273          November 2005

13          12          FAPA Mailing #274          February 2006

13          13          FAPA Mailing #275          May 2006

14          1          FAPA Mailing #276          August 2006

14          2          FAPA Mailing #277          November 2006

14          3          FAPA Mailing #278          February 2007

14          4          FAPA Mailing #279          May 2007

14          5          FAPA Mailing #280          August 2007

14          6          FAPA Mailing #281          November 2007

14          7          FAPA Mailing #282          February 2008

14          8          FAPA Mailing #283          May 2008

14          9          FAPA Mailing #284          August 2008

14          10          FAPA Mailing #286          February 2009

14          11          FAPA Mailing #287          May 2009