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Nelson Slade Bond had a varied writing career that spanned 70 years. Primarily known for science fiction short stories, Bond also wrote plays, radio and television scripts, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, public relations material, and books. The collection reflects the author's professional and personal lives consisting of writings, correspondence, business papers and financial records from 1925 to 2005. The collection was donated in four installments during and after Bond’s life from April 2006 to September 2007. The order in which the materials were received is maintained with only minor modifications. Input from Nelson Bond and his family members was considered and utilized in processing the collection.

The collection has approximately 370 magazines containing stories published by Nelson Bond. Although Bond wrote detective and sport stories, he is primarily known as a science fiction and fantasy author from the Golden Age of science fiction contemporary to authors such as Robert Bloch, A.E. Van Vogt, Isaac Asimov, and Ray Bradbury to name a few. Magazines from 1938 to 1999 such as Planet Stories, Fantastic Adventures, Weird Tales, and Amazing Stories are included in the first seven boxes. Also included are 200 short stories, 80 television and play scripts, 200 radio scripts, six books of short stories, three novel length stories, galley proofs and magazine and newspaper articles. Memorabilia from the collection is located in the Nelson Bond Room.


Special collections material is obtained from many sources and is intended primarily for research and educational purposes. Certain works may be protected by copyright, trademark, or related interests not governed by the department. It is up to the researcher to verify that they have permission to use these materials for publication or other activities.

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For more information or to use any of these collections, contact:
Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
(304) 696-2343


Span Dates: 1920-2006