Arthur C. Clarke Collection
NASM.2015.0010

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.2015.0010
Creators:
Clarke, Arthur C. (Arthur Charles), Sir, 1917-2008
Dates:
1932-2012
bulk 1950-2008
Languages:
English
Majority of materials in English; some material in French and Sinhala
English; French; Sinhala
Physical Description:
95.02 cubic feet
(188 legal size boxes, 5 15x12x3 flat boxes, 4 12x8x5 shoeboxes)
88.55 linear feet
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives Division
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the preeminent science-fiction writers of the 20th century.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Contains personal and business correspondence, manuscripts of most of Clarke's fiction works in various draft states, short stories, articles, addresses, speeches, movie outlines, Apollo 11 broadcast material, datebooks & notebooks, reference materials, business cards of visitors & contacts, photos & slides. There is some material by people other than the creator such as manuscripts and film/TV scripts.
This collection also includes audio-visual material. Please contact the Media Archivist for access.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Series were based on the creator's original arrangement of material.
Arranged into 7 Series:
Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Original Writing
2.1: "Clarkives"
2.2: Non-"Clarkives"
2.3: Articles, Short Stories
2.4: Lectures, Speeches
Series 3: Media & Publicity
Series 4: Awards & Tributes
Series 5: Manuscripts written by others relating to Clarke's Literary Works
Series 6: Miscellaneous
Series 7: Images
7.1: Photos
7.2: Slide Albums

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Born on December 16, 1917, in Minehead, England, Arthur Charles Clarke became obsessed with science fiction and astronomy at a young age. He was the eldest of four children born into a farming family, however he would become, with his brother Fred Clarke acting as a business associate, one of the leading names in science fiction.
During World War II Clarke served as a radar instructor and in his free time became one of the early members of the British Interplanetary Society. In 1945, Clarke made one of his earliest predictions (he called them "extrapolations") when he came up with the idea of communication satellites. He became known for this uncanny prescience which is seen in so much of his work.
In 1948 Clarke graduated from King's College, London with honors in math and physics. By 1951, Clarke had gained respect as both a fiction and non-fiction writer with
Interplanatary Flight
and
Prelude to Space
, respectively.
In 1956, Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, where he could indulge a new obsession - skin diving. He remained in Sri Lanka for the rest of his life, creating a diving company and funding many science education programs in the country.
Perhaps Clarke's most recognizable feat came when he was able to work with Stanly Kubrick over a course of 4 years in order to create the book and film
2001: A Space Odyssey
which was loosely based on the earlier Clarke story "The Sentinel."
Clarke accomplished an amazing amount of writing, speaking tours, TV appearances and humantarian work despite suffering from post-polio syndrome for decades. He won numerous awards, mostly for his science fiction but also for popularizing science. He was knighted in 1998. He died, age 90, March 19, 2008.

Administration
Processing Information note
When appropriate, the processing archivist added a description beneath the file unit title.
This collection was received at the National Air and Space Museum from Sri Lanka on 16 Dec 2015 at NASM, Arthur Clarke's 98th birthday.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Tyler Love
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Arthur C. Clarke Trust, gift, 2014

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
No restrictions on access.
Conditions Governing Use note
Permissions Requests
Preferred Citation note
Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka, Acc. 2015-0010, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives Division
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA, 20151
Phone: 703-572-4045
NASMRefDesk@si.edu