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Title: Bud Foote Papers
Identification: MS311
Date: 1968-2004
Size/Quantity: 4.0 linear feet (five document cases and one oversize folder)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Foote, Bud
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The Bud Foote Papers consist of general office files, correspondence, newsletters, and audio-visual materials relating to Foote's extensive research in science fiction during his career as a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A large number of Foote's published and unpublished papers and other writings on science fiction are also included in this collection.
General noteThe monographs and serials in this collection will be cataloged and housed in the Archives at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Any remaining manuscript material will be added to these papers as they become available.

Biographical/Historical Note

Irving Flint "Bud" Foote (1930-2005) spent his career as a professor of English at the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His scholarly interest in science fiction extended to his teaching: He pioneered classes in the study of science fiction, as well as in speed reading and African-American studies.

Bud Foote was born on August 19, 1930 in Linconia, New Hampshire. Foote attended Princeton and received his B.A. in English and graduated in 1952 Summa Cum Laude. Later, Foote attended the University of Connecticut to obtain his M.A. in English before coming to Georgia Tech in 1957. As a professor at Georgia Tech, Foote influenced the curriculum as much as he influenced his students. Both a political activist and folk-music enthusiast, Foote was very passionate about the arts and teaching; he was very eclectic and on many occasions brought his banjo to class.

Foote published poetry, a novel, music and several short pieces of literature (sometimes under the pseudonym "Og, King of Bashan"). He amassed a large collection of over 8,000 science fiction books during his career.

Foote retired from Georgia Tech in 1999 after teaching for over thirty years. He died on March 12, 2005 after complications from a stroke.

Scope and Content Note

The general office files in this collection consist of correspondence, teaching materials, and other general files relating to Bud Foote's research in science fiction. Foote's published and unpublished papers, including some poetry, are found in the Writings series. The third series includes extensive, though incomplete, runs of several science fiction newsletters. Five videotapes and two audiotapes containing interviews and lectures on science fiction form Series 4 of the collection.


This collection has been arranged into four series:

SERIES 1. General office files

SERIES 2. Writings

SERIES 3. Science fiction newsletters

SERIES 4. Audio-visual materials

Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Literature, Communication, and Culture.
Science fiction, American.
Science fiction, English.
Science fiction--History and criticism.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

One 3 1/2" floppy disk, the videotapes and audiocassette tapes require special equipment.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Item, Folder Title, Series Title], Bud Foote Papers (MS311), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Acquired from Bud Foote (accession numbers 1999.015, 2004.113, 2004.126).

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in September 2006.


Additional manuscript material may be added to these papers.


One piece of correspondence from Kim Stanley Robinson (December 1991) and a Bud Foote memorial booklet added April 2012.

Revisions to Finding Aid

March 2010:
  • Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit. April 2012: Added correspondence and memorial booklet (accession 2012.035).

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    No restrictions on access to the materials in Series 1 through 3, with tne exception of one floppy disk in Series 2, which requires special equipment to access. Please see archivist for access to audio-visual materials in Series 4.

    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

    Separated Material

    The books in this collection will be cataloged separately, and the photographs will be processed as VAM311. Artifacts, including a set of science fiction playing cards, a globe titled "Winter," and a painting titled "Robot Relaxed" by Bud Foote's son, have been removed to the artifacts.

    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

    Container List

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    SERIES 1: General office files, 1972-2000



    11Class materials: Myth and science fiction, Spring 1973
    12Class materials: Science fiction, undated
    13Conferences, fliers, 1981-1999; undated
    14Correspondence, 1972-1973
    15Correspondence, 1972-1975
    16Correspondence notes, ca. 1977-2000
    17Correspondence, materials on Jack Williamson, 1988
    18Correspondence, letters to editor, 1990-ca. 1993; undated
    19Correspondence, reviews, 1990-1991
    114Correspondence from Kim Stanley Robinson, December 1991
    110Directories: International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, 1985-2000
    111Directories: Science Fiction Research Association, 1986-1999
    112General files, undated



    1l1OVERSIZE: Posters, undated
    113Science fiction catalogs, 1973-1975

    SERIES 2: Writings, 1972-1999



    21"The Board and the Book", undated
    22"Brass Tacks" (Letter to the editor), August 1991
    23"The Connecticut Yankee in the Twentieth Century", undated
    24"A Conversation with Kim Stanley Robinson", March 1994
    25"Dolphin" writings, ca. 1972-1973
    26"In the Wet, not on the Beach: The Other SF of Nevil Shute", June 3, 1999
    27"Independence Day" (poem), undated
    28"Jesus of Nazareth, Arthur of Britain, and the Groundhog of Punxatawney", March 23, 1991
    217Memorial program [includes biography and selected writings by Foote], ca. 2005
    29"Module the First: How to Read Science Fiction" drafts, 1997-1998
    210"Oedipus, Frankenstein, and the Connecticut Yankee", undated
    211"The Panchronicon: A New Hampshire Yankee in Queen Elizabeth's Court", undated
    212"Project" (3 1/2" floppy disk), undated
    213"Science-Fiction and the Subjective Correlative", April 18, 1982
    214"The Traveler to the Past as Seeker After Utopia", June 1991
    215"The Uses of the Past in Detective Fiction and Science Fiction", March 25, 1988
    216"Verne's Paris in the Twentieth Century", December 1995

    SERIES 3: Science fiction newsletters, 1927; 1968-2004



    31Cotyledon, March 1997
    32"Dreams and Nightmares" 63-68, 2002-2004
    33Future Times 4/7-6/11 (issues missing), 2001-2003
    34Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction Newsletter, December 2000
    35International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Newsletter, Spring 1999; Fall 2001
    36John D. MacDonald Bibliophile, nos. 10-17, 1968-1972
    37Light's List, 2002-2003
    38Locus, May 1988-June 1988
    39New York Review of Science Fiction: Vol. 10 No. 4 - Vol. 12 No. 1 (issues missing), 1997-1999



    41New York Review of Science Fiction: Vol. 12 No. 8 - Vol. 13 No. 12 (issues missing), 2000-2001
    42New York Review of Science Fiction: Vol. 14 No. 1 - Vol. 15 No. 11 (issues missing), 2001-2003
    43Popular Culture Association Newsletter Vol. 2 No. 1, November 1972
    44Riverside Quarterly (flier), undated
    45Scavenger's No. 206, 224, April 2001-October 2002
    46Science Fiction Research Association Review No. 238-239, February 1999-April 1999
    47Science Fiction Research Association Review No. 244-258 (issues missing), January 2000-June 2002
    48Science Fiction Reserach Association Newsletter No. 16-47 (issues missing), October 1972-March 1976
    49Science-Fiction Studies (flier), undated
    410Star Line Vol. 17 No. 5 - Vol 27. No. 4 (issues missing), 1994-2004
    411The Steam Man, 1927

    SERIES 4: Audio-visual materials, 1986-1995



    51Channel 16 interview with Bud Foote (Video), undated
    52Isaac Asimov (Video), undated
    53Professor's Tape - Course: ENGL3882 Lecture:5 (Video), January 19, 1995
    54Professor's Tape - Course: ENGL3882 Lecture:6 (Video), January 24, 1995
    55Professor's Tape - Course: ENGL3882 Lecture:7 (Video), January 26, 1995
    56Southwind No. 157 - Science Fiction and the South, April 10, 1986
    57Ursula K. Le Guin - The Shobe Story (Audio), March 14, 1991