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Brian Charles Daley was born in Englewood, New Jersey on December 22, 1947. An avid
reader from an early age and a lover of science fiction, Daley became a New York Times
bestselling author for his contributions to the science fiction genre. After graduating
from Northern Valley Regional High School in 1965, he joined the army. He served a
year long tour of duty in Vietnam and served the rest of his service in Berlin, Germany.
Upon his return to the United States, Daley went to Jersey City State College, majoring
in media. While completing his studies he wrote his first novel, The Doomfarers of
Coramonde (1977). Like many of his generation, Brian Daley was elated when the first
Star Wars movie came out. Fundamentally changed by the experience, Daley would go
on to write the first Star Wars spin-off novels, and adapt the original Star Wars
film trilogy into a series of radio dramas for NPR. Throughout his professional writing
career, Daley wrote a number of novels, radio broadcasts, short stories, and contributed
to a group of animated series. Daley also wrote under the pseudonym "Jack McKinney"
with his friend, James Luceno. Together they would write the Robotech novels and the
Black Hole Travel Agency series. Daley died of pancreatic cancer in his Maryland home
on February 11, 1996, the same night that the cast of the NPR radio drama, Return
of the Jedi, toasted him at their wrap party. He was survived by his partner of 14
years, historical fiction author Lucia St. Clair Robson.
Timetable of Works:
Organized into eight series:
Series I. Writings
Series II. Research Files
Series III. Correspondence
Series IV. Schoolwork
Series V. Photographs
Series VI. Finances
Series VII. Clippings and Publications
Series VIII. Personal Materials
The Daley collection contains Brian Daley's personal collection of documents from
his lifetime of work as a science fiction author. The bulk of this collection covers
from 1978 to 1996. The contents are comprised mostly of manuscripts and research for
his work, but personal material such as correspondence and financial documents are
included. The collection is arranged in into eight series which include: Writings,
Research Files, Correspondence, Schoolwork, Photos, Finances, Clippings and Publications,
and Personal Materials.
The first series, Writings, contains an assortment of his drafts and manuscripts.
Due to his variety of writing styles, this series is divided into four subseries which
demonstrate his versatility as an author: animated series, books, radio and audio
drama, and short stories. Each of these subseries include manuscripts in a variety
of stages of completion, from preliminary drafts to page proofs. The majority of this
series is comprised of drafts from his Black Hole Travel Agency, GammaL.A.W., and
NPR Star Wars series.
The second series, Research Notes, exhibits the amount of time and effort Brian Daley
put into each one of his works. This series contains notes and clippings of articles
or images which would later be used in his writings. The folders are titled according
to their original titles assigned by Daley. Although the folders materials are maintained
in their original order, the folders were rearranged alphabetically for research purposes.
The third series, Correspondence, includes both personal and business material. The
business correspondence includes his communication with such companies as Del Rey
Books, Dark Horse Comics, Ballantine, and LucasArts between 1978 and 1996. The business
colleagues he most often kept in contact were Ellen K. Harris, Lucy Autrey Wilson,
Vladimir N. Rybakov, Lester Del Rey, Calvin A Gongwer, and James Luceno. The collection
also has a large amount of personal correspondence, including communication between
friends, family, fans and fellow Vietnam veterans. Throughout his career, Brian Daley
received mail from his fans throughout the world. An advocate of Veteran rights, this
collection contains letters which he wrote to the Army and fellow soldiers concerning
issues of the day. The collection also contains correspondence with during his 1967
tour of duty in Vietnam.
The fourth series, Schoolwork, includes materials from his time attending Jersey City
State College, located in New Jersey. The series is contains drafts of papers, poems
and notes. There is a book titled Not an Ivory Tower: An Intimate History of Jersey
City State College, which celebrated the school's 60th anniversary. Also included
is a folder which contains an assortment of poems which were used in a Creative Writing
Sampler class, which he took in the spring of 1971.
The fifth series, Photographs contains photos of Brian Daley, Star Wars and the U.S.
Cavalry Blackhorses Regiment. The sixth series, Finances, includes tax information
which he filed in 1995 and 1996. There are also the death and estate records which
were issued in 1996 to Lucia St. Claire Robson, upon Daley's death.
The seventh series, Clippings & Publications, contains a combination of materials
pertaining to Brian Daley's work and interests. A large of this section includes newspaper
and magazine clippings about Daley's professional life, mostly focusing on his NPR
Star Wars series, GammaL.A.W. series, and Del Rey Books. There are also Star Wars
materials, such as comic strips and Magazines. This series also contains clippings
and publications concerning Vietnam veterans.
The eighth and final series, Personal Materials, is comprised of assorted materials
from Daley's personal interests and travels. A member of the 11th U.S. Cavalry Blackhorse
Regiment, Brian Daley kept newsletters and materials related to the group. An avid
reader and appreciator of Science Fiction, Daley made checklists concerning his fanzine
and comic collections. Also included is a sketchbook and some loss drawings. These
drawings pertain to Star Wars and scifi characters. As a science fiction writer, Daley
attended a number of Con festivals. He attended HiroCon5 in Japan, and he kept in
touch with a number of fans and saved memorabilia. This is the only material in this
collection we have relating to any of the Cons he attended. This series also contains
four VHS tapes, containing: Brian's talk at Jersey City State College, a home video
of Brian and Lucia's trip to Japan, one of Daley and James Luceno's trip to Guatemala,
and one of his Memorials.
The present collection was donated by Lucia St. Claire Robson on October, 18, 2006:
MSS 2006-03. An additional accession was made in in 2010 of the posthumuous materials
not sent initially: MSS 2010-08 and 2010-11.
The manuscripts arrived in a somewhat disorganized state, but in generally good condition.
The collection was donated in fifteen unnumbered cardboard boxes. Much of the collection
was already assembled in titled folders, with varying degrees of organization. The
names of these folders were maintained but the order of the folders was rearranged
to better comprehend the collection as a whole. Most folders were kept in the order
they were placed in the boxes. Correspondence was removed from varying folders and
rearranged in chronological order. Writings were divided by topic and then organized
chronologically by copyright date. All research notes were organized alphabetically.
The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Andrea Shahmohammadi under
the supervision of Marcia Peri, Archivist, in 2007. Additional accessions were received
in 2010 (UARC 2010-08 and UARC 2010-11) pertaining primarily to Brian's death and
condolence letters received. Some remaining personal items are also included, particularly
pictures and the logbook from his summer vacation home, Meadowsweet. These materials
were added to the overall collection and the finding aid updated accordingly by graduate
assistant, Colleen Walter. Oversized materials were rehoused by graduate assistant
Colleen Walter in 2011 and the finding aid was updated to reflect these changes.
Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)
Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including
Finding aid available.
Finding Aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll026.php
Reproductions allowed for research purposes. Copyright maintained by the creator.
Luceno, James, 1947-
Robson, Lucia St. Clair
National Public Radio (U.S.)
Del Rey Books (Firm)
Dark Horse Comics
Ballantine Books (Firm)
Science fiction, American
Authors, American -- 20th century
Extent: 255 folders (6 linear feet)
This series is arranged alphabetically.
Extent: 14 folders (.25 linear feet)
This subseries is arranged alphabetically. Previous identifiers are listed in brackets,
for example [MSS-0897]; these identifers were assigned in 2008 during the migration
to PastPerfect and are not part of the original collection description.
Extent: 168 folders (3.75 linear feet)
Sorted by book title.
Extent: 66 folders (1 linear feet)
Extent: 7 folders (.25 linear feet)
This subseries is arranged alphabetically.
Extent: 100 items (9 linear feet)
This series is arranged alphabetically. Each folder retains the title given by
Extent: 17 items (.5 linear feet)
This series is arranged alphabetically, and within each folder the correspondence
is arranged chronologically.
Extent: 2 folders (.1 linear feet)
Extent: 1 folder (.1 linear feet)
Extent: 15 folders (1 linear foot)
Date: 1975-1993, undated
Extent: 10 folders (.5 linear feet)
Official Website of Brian Daley http://www.brian-daley.com/.