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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James White papers
    Date (inclusive): 1961-1992, undated.
    Date (bulk): 1965-1983
    Collection Number: 208
    Creator: White, James, 1928-1999
    Extent: 5.5 linear feet (11 document boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection is comprised of typescripts, galley proofs, notes, and other material by James White, an Irish author of science fiction novels, novellas, and short stories. Primarily includes manuscripts of White’s published and unpublished works (many contain hand annotations). Within this collection is material pertaining to the Sector General book series that White was best known for including Hospital Station, Major Operation, and Ambulance Ship. Typescripts of White’s popular short story compilations including Federation World, Deadly Litter, and The Aliens Among Us are also included.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item]. James White papers, Collection 208. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Information unavailable.

    Processing History

    Processed by Melissa Huntington, 2010.

    Biography

    Irish Science Fiction writer James White was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on April 7, 1928 and died of a stroke in August 23, 1999. White spent much of his early life in Canada and lived with foster parents throughout his adolescence. He wanted to be a pilot but was diagnosed with diabetes which ultimately severely affected his eyesight. In 1955, White married Margaret “Peggy” Sarah Martin and the couple had three children; Patricia, Martin and Peter. White worked most of his life for aerospace builders Short Brothers Ltd., as his writing, even though published, was never fully sufficient to support his family.
    James White wanted to be a doctor but due to finances could never obtain the education. That fascination never abated as he took classes in first aid and home nursing, and developed what would be an inspiration and prominent theme throughout his writing. His interest in medicine was the major thread that connected the work he is most known for, the Sector General book series that featured the stories and characters, both human and alien, of a hospital in deep space. Sector General was first published in 1957 as a novelette before expanding into the long running series of books. White considered himself a pacifist and veered away from the doomsday themes that permeated popular Science Fiction of the time. White, however, did incorporate Irish history and locations into his stories as found in his first novel, The Secret Visitors .In addition to the Sector General book series, White was also a prolific short story writer creating multiple story compilations including Federation World and Deadly Litter.
    White was inspired by Science Fiction writers, Robert A. Heinlein and E. E. “Doc” Smith, and along with his friend Walter A. Willis, produced the science fiction fanzines Slant (1948-1953) and Hyphen (1952-1965). White and Willis were both nominated in 2004 for the retrospective Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer of 1953. Towards the end of his career, White was also a council member of the British Science Fiction Association along with fellow author Anne McCaffrey.

    Chronology

    1928: James White was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on April 7th.
    1955: Married Margaret “Peggy” Sarah Martin.
    1957: Published his first novel The Secret Visitors.
    1957: Sector General was first published as a novelette.
    1999: James White died on August 23rd.
    2004: Co-nominated (with Walter A. Willis) for the retrospective Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer of 1953.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection is comprised of typescripts, galley proofs, notes, and other material by James White, an Irish author of science fiction novels, novellas, and short stories. Primarily includes manuscripts of White’s published and unpublished works (many contain hand annotations). Within this collection is material pertaining to the Sector General book series that White was best known for including Hospital Station, Major Operation, and Ambulance Ship. Typescripts of White’s popular short story compilations including Federation World, Deadly Litter, and The Aliens Among Us are also included.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into two series and four sub-series. The series/sub-series arrangement is as follows:
    • Series 1. Published works, 1965-1992, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.1. Book series, 1965-1983, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.2. Compilations, 1988, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.3. Novels, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.4. Short Stories, 1961-1992, undated.
    • Series 2. Unpublished works and other material, 1989,undated.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    White, James, 1928-1999
    Science fiction.
    Science-fiction writers.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Galley proofs.
    Notes.
    Typescripts.