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Camille Bacon-Smith papers


Held at: Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center [Contact Us]1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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Camille Bacon-Smith is a folklorist and co-founder of NewFolk, a website and email list for folklorists seeking to expand the definition of the field, and New Directions in Folklore, an online journal. She has a Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of a number of scholarly books and novels, including Science Fiction Culture, Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth, and Eye of the Daemon. She served as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania from 1987-1994 and as a visiting assistant professor at Temple University from 1991-1998.

The collection consists of research materials, manuscripts, photographs, printed material, audio materials, and photographs related to Bacon-Smith's study of popular culture and segments of the science fiction and fantasy community. Materials related to Bacon-Smith's teaching and publications include: course materials for Folklore and American Pop Culture courses at the University of Pennsylvania taught by Bacon-Smith; manuscripts for Bacon-Smith's publications, including Enterprising Women; correspondence; and slides from her presentations. Materials from conventions such as PhilCon, BaltiCon, Magicon, and WorldCon include: programs, booklets and ephemera; audiocassettes of interviews and panels; photos, slides, and negatives; and buttons and badges. The collection also contains printouts from a science fiction online newsgroup; photos of Star Trek costumes and other costumes; newspaper clippings, photocopies of articles, magazines on science fiction topics; zines and manuscripts of fan fiction, much of it for the X-Files; and playbills and programs from performing arts events in Philadelphia and New York such as the Pennsylvania Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, and Philadelphia Folk Festival.

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