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Carl Sherrell papers

Call Number: MS 365


This collection consists of papers created by the illustrator and science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer Carl Sherrell, including draft materials, manuscript and printed copies of published and unpublished works, correspondence with writers and publishers, reference material, publications by Sherrell's associates, and other materials associated with his writing and illustration career.


  • Creation: approximately 1960-1990


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Carl Sherrell (1929-1989)

Carl Sherrell was born in Bonner Springs, Kansas on May 10, 1929. He was the author of the alternate history fantasy series Raum, publishing Raum and its sequel Skraelings in 1977 and 1987, respectively. The manuscript for the third book in the series, "The Dark Tournament," was published in Spain in Spanish under the title El Torneo Sombrío after his death. Carl Sherrell passed away in 1989.

Sherrell also wrote The Space Prodigal, a space opera published in 1981; the high fantasy novel Arcane published in 1978, and The Curse, a horror novel published in 1989. Sherrell provided illustrations for a number of science fiction and fantasy publications, including Fantasy Newsletter.


1.75 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

MS 365

Physical Location

MS Q92

Custodial History

These collection materials were in the possession of writer John Kessel, who attempted to assist the Sherrell family in getting some of the unpublished work published. Carl Sherrell's papers were separated from Kessel's papers when donated to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, John Kessel, 2019.


Guide to the Carl Sherrell Collection
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Carl Sherrell papers, MS 365, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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