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Bud Foote Papers

Identifier: MS311

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The Bud Foote Papers consist of general office files, correspondence, newsletters, and audio-visual materials relating to Foote's extensive research in science fiction during his career as a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A large number of Foote's published and unpublished papers and other writings on science fiction are also included in this collection.


  • 1968-2004


General Physical Description note

(five document cases and one oversize folder)

Restrictions: Access

No restrictions on access to the materials in Series 1 through 3, with tne exception of one floppy disk in Series 2, which requires special equipment to access. Please see archivist for access to audio-visual materials in Series 4.

Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


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Scope and Contents

The general office files in this collection consist of correspondence, teaching materials, and other general files relating to Bud Foote's research in science fiction. Foote's published and unpublished papers, including some poetry, are found in the Writings series. The third series includes extensive, though incomplete, runs of several science fiction newsletters. Five videotapes and two audiotapes containing interviews and lectures on science fiction form Series 4 of the collection.

Biography of Bud Foote

Irving Flint Bud Foote (1930-2005) spent his career as a professor of English at the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His scholarly interest in science fiction extended to his teaching: He pioneered classes in the study of science fiction, as well as in speed reading and African-American studies.

Bud Foote was born on August 19, 1930 in Linconia, New Hampshire. Foote attended Princeton and received his B.A. in English and graduated in 1952 Summa Cum Laude. Later, Foote attended the University of Connecticut to obtain his M.A. in English before coming to Georgia Tech in 1957. As a professor at Georgia Tech, Foote influenced the curriculum as much as he influenced his students. Both a political activist and folk-music enthusiast, Foote was very passionate about the arts and teaching; he was very eclectic and on many occasions brought his banjo to class.

Foote published poetry, a novel, music and several short pieces of literature (sometimes under the pseudonym Og, King of Bashan). He amassed a large collection of over 8,000 science fiction books during his career.

Foote retired from Georgia Tech in 1999 after teaching for over thirty years. He died on March 12, 2005 after complications from a stroke.


This collection has been arranged into four series:

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  1. SERIES 1. General office files
  2. SERIES 2. Writings
  3. SERIES 3. Science fiction newsletters
  4. SERIES 4. Audio-visual materials

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

One 3 1/2" floppy disk, the videotapes and audiocassette tapes require special equipment.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


Acquired from Bud Foote (accession numbers 1999.015, 2004.113, 2004.126).


Additional manuscript material may be added to these papers.


One piece of correspondence from Kim Stanley Robinson (December 1991) and a Bud Foote memorial booklet added April 2012.

Separated Material

The books in this collection will be cataloged separately, and the photographs will be processed as VAM311. Artifacts, including a set of science fiction playing cards, a globe titled "Winter," and a painting titled "Robot Relaxed" by Bud Foote's son, have been removed to the artifacts.

General Physical Description note

(five document cases and one oversize folder)

General note

The monographs and serials in this collection will be cataloged and housed in the Archives at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Any remaining manuscript material will be added to these papers as they become available.

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in September 2006.


Inventory of the Bud Foote Papers, 1968-2004
Christine de Catanzaro
Copyright 2006.
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA