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Francis Towner Laney Collection
- 1943-1952 (Creation)
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Francis Towner Laney was a noted fan and fanzine publisher in Los Angeles in the mid-20th century. His best-known fanzine was The Acolyte, which ran from 1942-1946. Other fanzines of his included Fan-Dango (1943-1947), Wild Hair, and Shangri L'Affaires. Laney was active in the Fantasy Amateur Press Association, the Order of Dagon (which he co-founded), and the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society.
In 1948 he produced his memoir of fannish life, Ah! Sweet Idiocy!.
Laney was posthumously nominated in 1996 for the 1945 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo Award.
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This collection contains various materials from noted fan and fanzine publisher Francis Towner Laney (1914-1958). Materials include a number of letters between Laney and fellow fanzine publisher A. Langley Searles, as well as an unbound copy of Laney's 1948 Ah! Sweet Idiocy!: The Fan Memoirs of Francis T. Laney.
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These materials are stored offsite and require additional time for retrieval.
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
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Collection in box with multiple collections, Folder 10-11.
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- Fans (Persons) (Subject)