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
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
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)
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 conventions. 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 1 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 Conference. 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 1 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 CASE 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 1 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 1976 F22 Other Personal Material Includes two issues of literary magazine The Bayonet (Concord High School, Wilmington, Delaware) 1967-68 and 1968-69, and memorabilia 2 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 Bounds F25 Mineral Show Material Display labels, price cards for mineral specimens, and awards 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
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