Roland E. Bounds collection papers and ephemera
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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)
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.
Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons Box 2: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes Boxes 3-4: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (17 inches) Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (24 inches) Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize mapcases
Processed by Kevin Burke, June 2004. Encoded by Thomas Pulhamus, March 2010. Further encoding by Lauren Connolly, September 2015, and Tiffany Saulter, November 2015.
- University of Delaware Library Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
- Finding Aid Date
- 2010 March 24
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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.
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.Physical Description
Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing Co., 1938. “Published by arrangement with Harper and Brothers.”Physical Description
v. 6, no.4,
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)Physical Description
Programs from the annual Philadelphia Science Fiction Conference.Physical Description
(Leonard Nimoy Commemorative Edition)
4 itemsPhysical Location
housed in OVERSIZE BOX
(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
v. 275, no. 63 (article about movieCapricorn One)
article about Isaac Asimov and William Tenn
an early pulp sci fi magazine Amazing Stories Quarterly, Spring, 1931 (cover only)
starring Charlton Heston
from the television seriesStar Trek
Item No. 947, “to honor man’s achievement in space”
six color 6x9 prints of fantasy illustrations
5 itemsPhysical Location
7 itemsPhysical Location
Burger King promotion
Pizza Hut promotionPhysical Location
OVERSIZE MAP CASE
11 itemsPhysical Location
Kinko’s promotion poster
OVERSIZE MAP CASE
18 itemsPhysical Location
illustrations by Michael R. WhelanPhysical Description
Jacket design by Richard Angerman.
a Portfolio of Illustrations by Berni Wrightson, Glimmer GraphicsPhysical Description
Color by Polycor, Inc.Physical Description
signed by the artist
[painting by Kelly Freas] posterPhysical Location
OVERSIZE MAP CASE
Dr. DementoThe Greatest Novelty Records of All Time Rhino Records, 1985. Booklet, poster, and cardboard poster signed and numbered by Dr. Demento (#370). Physical Description
University of Delaware diploma, B.S., 1975 Residence Hall yearbooks from Bennett Hall, 1975 and 1976Physical Description
Includes two issues of literary magazine The Bayonet (Concord High School, Wilmington, Delaware) 1967-68 and 1968-69, and memorabilia
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)
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
Display labels, price cards for mineral specimens, and awards
family, Univ of Delaware, Friends of Mineralogy, Broken Back Minerals
3 itemsPhysical Location
OVERSIZE MAP CASE
Scale 1:2400. Base maps USGS Topographic
commemorative poster issued by colleagues from the Delaware Geological Survey
Science fiction and fantasy trading card sets, Pokemon toys, audio tapes, Alaskan tourist souvenirs, 12 Star Wars glasses, and novelties