Collection Number: 40310-z

Collection Title: Chimera Fantasy and Science Fiction Club of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1983-1999

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Size About 30 items
Abstract The Chimera Fantasy and Science Fiction Club was a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student organization devoted to the appreciation of the science fiction and fantasy genres. Chimera membership was open to all students interested in the genres as manifested in fiction, film, television, and tabletop gaming. Between 1984 and 1996, Chimera organized an annual convention known as ChimeraCon and invited writers and critics to speak. Chimera was dissolved in the fall of 1997. Records include correspondence, membership lists, a history of Chimera, newspaper clippings, materials related to the planning and production of Chimeracon, membership cards, and sample letterhead. The history, written in 1999 by a former Chimera member, includes information on other science fiction and fantasy interest groups in Chapel Hill and the surrounding area. ChimeraCon-related materials include programs, 1984-1987; a planning agenda; letters updating the faculty advisor on progress; a request to the university for event space; certificates thanking guest speakers; and a sample nametag. There is also a parody of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Modern Major General" about science fiction fandom.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chimera Fantasy and Science Fiction Club.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Chimera Fantasy and Science Fiction Club of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40310-z, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Michael McVaugh in July 2007 (Records transfer 20070701.1).
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The Chimera Fantasy and Science Fiction Club was a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student organization devoted to the appreciation of the science fiction and fantasy genres. Chimera membership was open to all students interested in the genres as manifested in fiction, film, television, and tabletop gaming. Between 1984 and 1996, Chimera organized an annual convention known as ChimeraCon and invited writers and critics to speak. Chimera was dissolved in the fall of 1997.

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Records include correspondence, membership lists, a history of Chimera, newspaper clippings, materials related to the planning and production of Chimeracon, membership cards, and sample letterhead. The history, written in 1999 by a former Chimera member, includes information on other science fiction and fantasy interest groups in Chapel Hill and the surrounding area. ChimeraCon-related materials include programs, 1984-1987; a planning agenda; letters updating the faculty advisor on progress; a request to the university for event space; certificates thanking guest speakers; and a sample nametag. There is also a parody of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Modern Major General" about science fiction fandom.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Matthew Farrell, November 2011

Encoded by: Matthew Farrell, November 2011

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