Halbert W. Hall Receives the Sam Moskowitz Archive Award

By Marketing and Communications | 09-28-2018


The Texas A&M University Libraries is pleased to announce that Halbert W. Hall has won the First Fandom Sam Moskowitz Archive Award for his excellence in science fiction and fantasy collecting efforts while at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives.

The Sam Moskowitz Archive Award is presented for excellence in science fiction collecting. Hall received the award last month at the World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, California.

Moskowitz is a famed historian, author and critic of science fiction, whose papers reside in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, thanks to Halbert W. Hall.

Hall became a serials librarian at Texas A&M University in 1970. In 1972, as his Science Fiction Book Review Index became an increasingly important research tool, Hall spotted an advertisement in a fanzine for a collection of 2,000 science fiction pulps and a complete bound run of Astounding Science Fiction. He suggested to then-Library Director Jack Smith that the Library purchase these magazines as the core of a new science fiction collection. From then on, the collection has grown immensely with books, serials, artifacts and archival collections.

In addition to multiple iterations of his Book Review Index, Hall has also been responsible for a massive and ongoing bibliographic project to index various secondary literature devoted to science fiction and fantasy. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Index began in 1967 on a group of 3x5 index cards and is still going strong today in electronic form. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database, available through the Texas A&M University Libraries website, has indexed over 114,000 items.

For More Information: Jeremy Brett, Curator, Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection, jwbrett@library.tamu.edu 


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