Brittingham Donates Gift to the University Libraries’ Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection

By Marketing and Communications | 09-30-2022

COLLEGE STATION, TX (September 2022) - In late 2021, Robert Brittingham passed away and willed a gift of 26,700 print items to the University Libraries’ Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection, housed in Cushing Memorial Library & Archives. The gift includes books and periodicals are in excellent physical condition with the majority being first edition prints from the 20th and early-21st century. Brittingham devoted his life to the collection of books and periodicals about science fiction and fantasy. 

Adam Muhlig of Muhlig Appraisals in San Antonio, the appraiser for the gift, says that "the books within the library are rare first editions and trade books in Science Fiction and Fantasy. The library could be considered a foundational Science Fiction and Fantasy collection that is wide ranging and probably the most exhaustive and complete collection ever assembled in the United States."

Due to the breadth and scope of the gift, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection has greatly increased in size, depth, and value for the researchers, students, readers, and community members that use it. 


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