University of Delaware Library

Special Collections Department

Roland E. Bounds
Papers and Ephemera

1931 - 2002

(bulk dates 1970 - 2000)

Manuscript Collection Number: 494
Accessioned: Purchase, 2003
Extent: 2 linear ft. and oversize materials
Content: Books, magazines, posters, photographs, map, ephemera, realia
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: June 2004, Kevin Burke

for reference assistance email Special Collections
or contact:

Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
(302) 831-2229

Table of Contents

Biographical Note

Roland E. Bounds (1953 – 2002) attended Concord High School in Wilmington, Delaware, and obtained a B.S. in geology from the University of Delaware in 1975. He pursued graduate studies in mineralogy and applied geology at the University of Delaware and Oklahoma State University. By vocation and avocation, he was a collector. He began collecting rocks at age six, and as an adult became a noted mineral collector and dealer with business partner Eric Meier in Broken Back Minerals. Bounds was a senior research technician with the Delaware Geological Survey, located in Newark, Delaware. He regularly submitted articles to First State Geology and was a longtime editor of Geogram, the newsletter of the Delaware Mineralogical Association. Bounds was also active in the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Friends of Mineralogy.

Bounds was equally known as a collector of science fiction, an interest he developed at age thirteen when he “discovered the large amount of material being published but not available in either the local county or school libraries.” Bounds concentrated on collecting vintage (pre-1965) paperbacks and pulp magazines (pre-1953). Thematically, he developed an interest in “the way technological advances have been predicted and the ways that authors of various times have viewed society and its problems.” He also collected with an interest in book and magazine cover art and illustration of science fiction and fantasy. When he was a graduate student at the University of Delaware, he twice won (in 1983 and 1984) first prize in the student book collecting contest sponsored by the University of Delaware Library Associates. His science fiction collection was included in a 1991 exhibition at the University of Delaware Library, Delaware Collects.

The extensive Roland Bounds Science Fiction Collection, containing over 20,000 volumes, is housed in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library.


“Additions to the Science Fiction Collection.” Newsletter of the University of Delaware Library Associates. April 2004, no. 456. pp. 25-26.

“Roland Bounds, 1953-2002.” Matrix: a Journal of the History of Minerals. v. 10, no. 2 (Summer 2002). p. 91. (See Folder 24)

Scope and Content Note

The Roland E. Bounds Collection: Papers and Ephemera includes books, magazines, convention programs, posters, photographs, artwork, and objects related to Bounds’s collecting activities. The bulk of this collection relates to his interest in science fiction and its subgenres, fantasy and horror. This is a random assortment of programs that Bounds got from trade conventions, such as the annual Philcon (Philadelphia Science Fiction Convention), advertising promotions from Kinkos or Burger King for Star Wars or other movies, and odd collectibles and keepsakes varying from Pokemon toys to NASA photographs to U.S. postage stamps. Several items reflect Bounds’s special interest in illustration of science fiction; the collection includes reproductions of artwork by illustrators Kelly Freas, Michael Whelan, Berni Wrightson, and Ralph MacQuarrie. Also included are printed material and photographs related to Bounds’s career as a mineralogist and a few items related to his personal life. The collection is arranged in three basic series: Science fiction, Mineralogical and personal materials, and realia.

Contents List

Box -- Folder -- Contents

          Series I.  Science Fiction Material

          Series I.1. Printed Material
          Contains books, periodical publications, and convention
          programs related to Bounds’ activity as a collector of
          science fiction publications.  Many of the convention
          programs are autographed by writers and speakers at the
1    F1   Book Collecting, University of Delaware Library (3 items)
          Wilson, Robert A. Modern Book Collecting. New York:
          Knopf, 1980.  Signed by author; bookplate: “First
          Graduate Student Prize Awarded to Roland E. Bounds,
          University of Delaware Library Associates, Student Book
          Collecting Contest, 1983.”
          UDLA press release listing Bounds as 1st prize winner,
          1984 Delaware Collects (exhibition catalog), 1991.  Includes
          description of Bounds’s collection.
     F2   The War of the Worlds: a Newly Illustrated Digest of
          H.G. Wells’ Famous Story. Racine, WI: Whitman
          Publishing Co., 1938.  “Published by arrangement with
          Harper and Brothers.” (1 item).
     F3   Books about illustration (3 items)
          The Illustrated Bradbury
          Catastrophe: the End of the Cinema?
          Virgil Finlay’s Women of the Ages
     F4   Books about science fiction and space (5 items)
          The Science Fiction Quizbook
          The Future Focus Book of Lists II: the Sequel
          Spaceships: Starlog Photo Guidebook and two brochures
     F5   Star Trek Books (2 items)
          Star Trek Puzzle Manual
          Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual.
     F6   Magazines (4 items)
          Paperback Pulp and Comic Collector, no. 2
          The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, v. 6, no.
          4, April 1954
          "The Truth about Frankenstein" by Samuel Rosenberg in Life, March 15, 1968
          Orphia: Slavonic Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine, v.
          1, 1990
          Pulphouse: a Fiction Magazine, issue 16, 1993
     F7   Catalogs (2 items)
          Daws SF Books 1979 Catalog
          The Mindsparks Small Press Catalogue, issue 1.

          Series I.  Science Fiction Material
          Series I.1. Printed Material
          Convention Programs
     F8   Balticon and Bucconeer (3 items)
          Balticon 29, a Science Fiction Convention, Baltimore:
          April 14-16, 1995 Bucconeer, 56th World Science Fiction
          Convention Baltimore: August 5-9, 1998 (Pocket Program
          and Souvenir Book)
     F9   Philcon, 1980-1989 (7 items)
          Programs from the annual Philadelphia Science Fiction
     F10  Philcon, 1990-1995 (6 items)
     F11  Philcon, 1997-2000 (6 items)
     F12  Philcon, 2001 (2 items)
     F13  Star Trek, Philadelphia: 1977, (Leonard Nimoy
          Commemorative Edition)
          6th World Fantasy Convention, 1980
     F14  Newspaper Articles (4 items) – housed in OVERSIZE BOX
          Review, March 13, 1973 (article in student paper about
          lecture at UD by science fiction writer William Tenn)
          Modern People Special: Close Encounters of the Third
          Kind Collector’s Edition
          The Daily Herald, v. 275, no. 63 (article about movie
          Capricorn One)
          Evening Journal (Wilmington, Del.), March 26, 1973
          (article about Isaac Asimov and William Tenn)
          Series 1.2.  Science Fiction Material -- Images
     F15  Cover art and Photographs
          Photographs of covers of Planet Stories, an early pulp
          sci fi magazine Amazing Stories Quarterly, Spring, 1931 (cover only)
          Color promotional photographs from 1971 Warner Brothers
          film Omega Man (starring Charlton Heston)
          Two 8x10 black & white photographs of Gene Roddenberry
          and Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Janice Rand), from the
          television series Star Trek
          U.S. Postal Service 1980 Commemorative Mint Set, Item
          No. 947, “to honor man’s achievement in space”
          Michael Whelan “Elric Keepsake Collection,” six color
          6x9 prints of fantasy illustrations

          Series I.  Science Fiction Material
          Series 1.2.  Images
     F16  Broadsides: “Commemorative Issue, Meeting of the
          Brotherhood” signed and numbered by the artist, Tim W.
          Kuzniar (5 items)  OVERSIZE BOX
          July 5, 1986, Nos. 7 and 10/15
          May 24, 1987, No. 10/15
          May 29, 1988, No. 11/20
          May 28, 1989, No. 8/25
     F17  Star Wars Posters and Art (7 items)  OVERSIZE BOX
          Star Wars Calendar, 1984
          Chromiumprint Collector’s Edition: The Empire Strikes
          Back, The Return of the Jedi [2 prints]
          The Star Wars Portfolio: superb production paintings
          from the greatest space fantasy film ever, by Ralph
          McQuarrie, 1977
          The Empire Strikes Back Super Scene Collection, Burger
          King promotion
          Cut-out card of C-3P0 and R2-D2
          Empire Strikes Back poster (of Yoda), Pizza Hut
          promotion OVERSIZE MAP CASE
     F18  Art related to Space (11 items)  OVERSIZE BOX
          2010 Futurecopy, Kinko’s promotion poster
          NASA Picture Set No. 1: Saturn V, Apollo 8-9-10, 1966,
          1968-1969 [7 items]
          “The Red Planet,” National Geographic map, 1973
          Two astronomical posters: The Pleiades and Gaseous
          Nebula photographed at Hale Observatories  OVERSIZE MAP
     F19  Fantasy Art (18 items)  OVERSIZE BOX
          Collected greeting cards, illustrations by Michael R.
          Whelan [10 cards]
          Frank Frazetta Calendar, 1978
          Book jacket: Jack Williamson. The Legion of Time.
          Reading, Penn.: Fantasy Press, n.d.  Jacket design by
          Richard Angerman.
          X-Men (Marvel Comics) promotional poster, 1991
          Stephen King’s The Stand: a Portfolio of Illustrations
          by Berni Wrightson, Glimmer Graphics, 1991 [12 plates]
          Portfolio of illustrations for science fiction stories
          and books by artist Kelly Freas, Richmond, Va.: Color
          by Polycor, Inc., 1973 [6 prints]
          Two prints of illustrations signed by Kelly Freas,
          signed by the artist
          The Wizard of Time and Space  [painting by Kelly Freas]
          poster OVERSIZE MAP CASE

          Series I.  Science Fiction Material
          Series 1.2.  Images
     F20  Dr. Demento (3 items).
          Dr. Demento The Greatest Novelty Records of All Time
          Rhino Records, 1985.  Booklet, poster, and cardboard
          poster signed and numbered by Dr. Demento (#370).

          Series II.  Mineralogical and Personal Material
          Series II.1  Printed Material
     F21  University of Delaware Material (3 items)
          University of Delaware diploma, B.S., 1975
          Residence Hall yearbooks from Bennett Hall, 1975 and
     F22  Other Personal Material
          Includes two issues of literary magazine The Bayonet
          (Concord High School, Wilmington, Delaware) 1967-68 and
          1968-69, and memorabilia
     F23  Business Diary
          Incomplete ledger containing partial record of 1990
          trip to Tucson, AZ for mineralogy and gem show, pp. 1-
          20 missing; diary on pp 306-295 (in reverse)
     F24  Material related to professional activities
          Resume and certificates
          News Journal  article on Bounds’s participation in 1992
          Delaware Mineralogical Society Gem and Mineral Show
          Summer 2002 issue of Matrix: a Journal of the History
          of Minerals with dedication and obituary for Roland
     F25  Mineral Show Material
          Display labels, price cards for mineral specimens, and
          Series II.2.  Images
     F26  Photographs – family, Univ of Delaware, Friends of
          Mineralogy, Broken Back Minerals
     F27  Other Images (3 items) OVERSIZE MAP CASE
          Geology of the Newark Area, Delaware by Kenneth D.
          Woodruff, Allan M. Thompson, 1972.  Scale 1:2400.  Base
          maps USGS Topographic
          Roland Bounds, 1953-2002, commemorative poster issued by 
          colleagues from the Delaware Geological Survey, 2002
          44th Annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, 1998 [poster]
    	  Series III.  Realia
2-4       Science fiction and fantasy trading card sets, Pokemon
          toys, audio tapes, Alaskan tourist souvenirs, 12 Star Wars
          glasses, and novelties

Back to the UD Special Collections Home Page

+ Return to List of Manuscript Finding Aids by Title

This page is maintained by Special Collections
Last modified: 01/19/11

  • UD Library Special Collections  •   181 South College Avenue  •   Newark, DE 19717-5267  •   USA
    Phone: USA +1 302-831-2229  •   ©2014