Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention Ephemera Collection

 Collection
Identifier: NC1300

Scope and Contents

Collection contains memorabilia, postcards, and other ephemeral information regarding the 69th World Science Fiction Convention, held in Reno, Nevada, from August 17-21, 2011 at the Atlantis Hotel Casino. Two university of Nevada, Reno professors, Scott Slovic and Susan Palwick, presented at the convention in a private capacity. Collection was gathered by Betty Glass, former University Archivist for the University of Nevada, Reno, while she attended the event.

Dates

  • 2011

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Historical Note

The World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), held its 69th annual convention in Reno, Nevada August 17-21, 2011. Also known as Renovation, the convention celebrates science fiction and fantasy writing and its portrayal in film and television. Participants, writers, and others involved in the science fiction and fantasy travel from across the world to participate in the convention. For a city to qualify as host for the convention, it must receive a majority of ballots cast at the previous convention. Reno ran unopposed at the 2009 Montreal, Canada "Anticipation" convention and received 650 out of the 763 cast ballots. The convention committee in 2011 was chaired by Patty Wells. Most of the Renovation convention took place at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center with the Atlantis Casino acting as the headquarters for the event. The Peppermill Hotel-Casino and the Courtyard by Marriott also supplied additional rooms.

Each convention invites Guests of Honor and Special Guests to participate in activities and special speaker events. 2011 guests included Tim Powers, Ellen Asher, Boris Vallejo, and the late Charles N. Brown, whose contribution was still honored. Special Guests included Tricky Pixie and Bill Willingham. Other notable guests included author George R. R. Martin, radio legend Dr. Demento, and artist Julie Bell.

Special events and awards celebrations also occur during the convention. 2011 special events included the Renovation Independent/Fan Film Festival 2011, Musics Night on Wednesday, and an Art Night festival celebrating the visual arts in San Francisco, California on Thursday. The Chesley Awards were presented on August 18 as part of Art Night, the Masquerade was held on Friday the 19th, and the 2011 Hugo Awards were presented on Saturday, August 20, with the Masquerade and Hugo Awards both held at the Peppermill and most other events happening at the Convention Center.

One event that occurred during the convention garnered international attention. A pair of autographed shooting scripts for the HBO television series Game of Thrones was stolen while in transit from Belfast, Ireland to Reno. The theft of the scripts, donated by author George R. R. Martin whose books are the basis for the series and intended for sale at Renovation's charity auction, were shipped via registered mail; only the cover letter in a "battered" envelope arrived in Reno. The scripts were signed by executive producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff plus director Alan Taylor.

[Information adapted from Wikipedia, accessed January 26, 2018.]

Extent

0.5 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), held its 69th annual convention in Reno, Nevada, August 17-21, 2011. Also known as Renovation, the convention celebrates science fiction and fantasy writing and its portrayal in film and television. Collection contains memorabilia, postcards, and other ephemeral information collected at the 69th World Science Fiction Convention.

Arrangement

Unarranged.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Betty Glass in January 2018.

Creator

Title
Guide to Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention Ephemera Collection
Status
For Mcd Review
Author
Jessica Maddox
Date
January 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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