OK all, I went to the Frank Herbert archive on Monday, February 2. I only had three hours in the archive, but I will be making more trips for certain, as my case load in L.A. (and available vacation time) allow. It probably will be a few months before I can squeeze in another trip to CSU Fullerton. But I will do it eventually. There is just too much there to stay away.
By far I think the most valueable resource there are the working copies that they have of the six Dune books. I got a chance to look through one typewritten and hand edited version of Dune (I think the first). There was a LOT taken out. The archive has what appear to be the original FH write of Dune, the Campbell edits, the Lanier edits (maybe two of each), some foreign edits, the galley proof of the Chilton edition, and a galley for one other production of Dune too. I wish that I had time to go through them carefully, but I just didn't. All of them were double spaced, single sided flimsy (for carbon copying), and all of them had red pen marks in FH's hand (I am now an expert at identifying his handwriting). I only had time to go through one section; my favorite, where Paul and Jessica are speaking in the stilltent after escaping from Arrakeen, and I did not see any significant changes. However, I did see a bunch on hunter-seekers that was edited out from book I. I just did not have time to copy them.
I did not look at other Dune books either, but I am told that there are LOTS more hand-corrected editions in the archive. I think a person could reasonably expect to spend weeks in that archive, if they wanted to inspect everything.
Here is a list of what I have. I'll get to scanning it this weekend and put it up as I finish. Its just under an inch of paper, so it should not take too long. One other thing to keep in mind, I think that a few of these things were referenced in the Brian Herbert book, and one of the O'Reilley books. I got them here because I started with correspondence, and thought everyone would be interested in the unedited copies of these important letters. Of course, there are HUNDREDS more there that I did not have a chance to look at. Dates follow the American standard of mm/dd/yy
10/15/68 letter from Campbell to Blassingame about DM. 2pp.
08/12/68 letter from Campbell to Herbert about DM. 4pp.
06/29/68 letter from Ulf Westblom, editor of a Swedish Fanzine called Mentat, and FH's response. 3pp
08/09/67 fan letter from D.K. Das, sent through Campbell, questioning FH on his timeline. I want to find a reply to this. 2pp.
04/05/63 letter from Blasingame to Herbert about Dune. Somewhat critical. 1p.
06/08/63 letter from FH to Campbell about elements of Dune. 5pp.
06/13/63 letter from Campbell. Its in a chain of letters about FH's description of time.
07/09/63 letter from Herbert to Campbell about time. 1p.
02/27/78 interview of FH by Tim O'Reilley. 49pp.
Haiku by FH, in response to a request from Damon Knight for same, letter unattached. 1p.
Undated, unsigned note, possibly from FH, found in the Dune rewrite folders.
03/30/77 essay by FH on why he wrote Dune, hand corrected, 4pp.
Undated recount by Lurton Blassingame of rejections of Dune by major publishers, starting with Doubleday and ending with its acceptance by Lanier. 2pp.
01/13/65 (frantic sounding) letter from Lanier discussing the economics of publishing Dune, hinting at the possiblility of cuts other than serial repetition, and asking outright for additions to the serial text.1p.
Undated, hand corrected eulogy of Beverly Herbert, by FH. 2pp
Photocopy of an undated newspaper article about Herbert setting out for Mexico with a newly purchased vintage hearse. Bev and FH appear in the photo. Not sure where it was published. 1p.
Carcoal caricature of FH, side view, undated and unsigned. I figure it will make an excellent avatar. 1p.
09/01/72 interview of FH by Daniel Guy in Canada for the upcoming LA Worldcon. Its a photograph of a severely decayed mimeograpy, so I might have to try to retype it. 7pp.
I also made some notes while I was there of things that I noticed or put together in my head, and I want to write them down before I forget.
FH had a habit of cutting out faces from magazine ads, and writing up character sketches from them. I found dozens and dozens of them all over the archives, for different stories.
Bev Herbert write a story for a store in Port Townsend called The White House. The story was titled "Where did Mrs. Clause Go?" and it was quite charming.
Herbert frequently made references in letters I found to reel-to-reel tapes of speeches he gave. None of them were in the archives, but perhaps it would be worth it to go through the correspondence, note them all and then follow up with the addressees or with current members of the clubs where he gave them.
Herbert's working title for Dune Messiah was "Fool Saint," and the working title for CD was "Alia," or possibly "Alia of Dune."
I have seen references to FH's detective fiction, which he was said to have written in the 50's before he started building up his name in SF. I found some letters back and forth from Blassingame and Herbert from December '57 and January '58 referring to several stories, without mention of the names, save one. That title was "Story Ship." I have never heard of it.
There is a new dissertation in the archive about the similarities between Arthur and Paul. The author was British, but he had written McNelly after reading MeNelly's comments in DE about the same, and McNelly became a second reader for his dissertation. It was about 45 pp long, and I did not want to stop going through the letters to copy it, but I want it one day.
I overheard the librarians talking about a "Mr. Quinlan," who apparently is writing his dissertation on Dune. I left one of my cards for him. Hopefully he will call so we can get him on the board some day.
OK guys and gals, that is it for day one in the archives. Anyone else live near OC? I could use some help.