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Lloyd Biggle papers

Call Number: MS 79


A collection of science-fiction writer Lloyd Biggle's archives: notes, drafts, corrected proofs, correspondence with his publisher, and materials related to the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) and Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA).


  • Creation: 1949 - 1979


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions except that MS 160 and MS 161 do not circulate. Contact staff at or (785) 864-4334 for assistance.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Audio visual materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Biography of Lloyd Biggle Jr.

Lloyd Biggle Jr., born in 1923 in Waterloo, Iowa, earned a doctorate in musicology from the University of Michigan, with a focus on medieval Flemish composer Antoine Brumel.

Biggle's writing career in science fiction focused on space operas and included such works as The Angry Espers, All the Colors of Darkness, Watchers of the Dark, This Darkening Universe, Silence is Deadly, The Whirligig of Time, The Still, Small Voice of Trumpets, The World Menders, and Monument, as well as collections of stories in The Rule of the Door and Other Fanciful Regulations, The Metallic Muse, and A Galaxy of Strangers. He edited Nebula Award Stories Seven.

Biggle was active in the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), serving as its first Secretary-Treasurer in 1965-1967 and as chairman of the board of trustees in 1978-1981. He also founded the Science Fiction Oral History Association.

Lloyd Biggle died in 2002.


16 Linear Feet ([at least 34 document cases] + 1 oversize folder, 10 audio-visual items)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

MS 79 - MS 80

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MS 123A

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MS 157 - MS 161

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MS 166 - MS 176

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MS 179 - MS 180

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MS R4:2

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SC AV 12

Physical Location

A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit, Lloyd Biggle, Jr. Gift, Eastern Michigan University, 2015.

Guide to the American Science Fiction Collection
Lloyd Biggle papers
Finding aid prepared by alh, July 31, 1979; revised by cl, 2010; mwh, 2018.
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Preferred citation
Lloyd Biggle papers, MS 79, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States