Photo by Claire Dooley, courtesy KU Libraries
The most important reason I chose the Spencer Library at the University of Kansas, besides Ted's own wishes, was the fact that the Center for the Study of Science Fiction is located there. Besides hosting the summer teaching institutes, the Center gives out the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best published short science fiction every year. It also gives out the John Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel and hosts the Campbell Conference. The Center for the Study of Science Fiction is the only place in the country focused on the scholarship and teaching of speculative fiction, and having the Sturgeon papers there means that they will be used to support the activities of the Center. This meant to me that the papers would not be sitting on some dusty shelf, or locked away in some collector's library, but part of an active, ongoing project to promote and understand speculative fiction. The fact that the English Department is solidly behind the Center also means it will be a permanent entity.
I hope that this donation, besides making the Sturgeon papers available to scholars and readers of science fiction, encourages other authors to donate their own papers to the Spencer Library. What better place to have your legacy, than one where it can be part of an active community of those who love science fiction?
-Noël Sturgeon, Trustee, Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust