Skip to main content

Papers of Joan Hunter Holly

Call Number: MS 252


Lansing, Michigan native Joan Hunter Holly (1932-1982) was a science fiction writer. This collection of papers reflects her service in the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) and recount her career as a writer through correspondence, fan letters, story ideas, and drafts of published and unpublished writings.


  • Creation: 1949 - 1982


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

These 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) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

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

Biography of J. Hunter Holly

Joan Hunter Holly was born September 25, 1932 to Arthur Hunter (1888-1958) and Hazel (Trumbo) Holly (1891-1971). She received her Bachelor of Arts at Michigan State University Magna Cum Laude in 1954.

In 1959, Holly published her first book, Encounter, under the name J. Hunter Holly. She went on to publish twelve more novels and contributed to a number of anthologies, including And Walk Now Gently through the Fire (Chilton, 1973) and The Other Side of Tomorrow: Original Science Fiction Stories about Young People of the Future (Random House, 1973).

Holly was a member of Science-Fiction Writers of America, serving as trustee in 1973, treasurer from 1975 to 1979, and south/central regional director from 1979 to 1982.

Holly died in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan.


4.5 Linear Feet (9 document cases)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The J. Hunter Holly papers range in date from 1949-1982 and contain correspondence and papers that reflect her career as a science fiction author, as well as her service as Treasurer and Regional Manager in the Science Fiction Writers of America (SWFA).

Holly's personal papers, which include fan letters, correspondence, and drafts of published and unpublished writings, are the largest portion of the collection at 2.75 linear feet (6 boxes). Correspondence and papers from her service to the Science Fiction Writers of America makes up 1 linear foot (2 boxes) of the collection. All of J. Hunter Holly's published novels are included in the collection, many of which were published in foreign languages, including Italian, German, and Japanese. This constitutes 1 linear foot (1 box).

Physical Location

MS 252

Physical Location

Contact Spencer Library Public Services (Library Annex)

Other Finding Aids

For a detailed listing of the complete collection, please see

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Charles T. Holly, 1983; Lloyd Biggle, Jr, 1984

Guide to the Joan Hunter Holly Collection
Papers of Joan Hunter Holly
Finding aid prepared by llh, 1992. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2008.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in<language encodinganalog="language">English.</language>
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Papers of Joan Hunter Holly, Department of Special Collections, MS 252, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States