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Mary Jennara Wenk Star Trek Collection

Identifier: MsC1031

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This collection contains creations from the Star Trek and Star Wars fandoms of the 1970s and 1980s, with some material as early as 1966 and as recent as 2016 (the Star Trek 50th Anniversary).

Mary Jennara Wenk was an active member of the Star Trek and Star Wars fan communities of the time, attending conventions, collecting fan art, and engaging in lively correspondence with other fans, as well as creating award-winning content for fanzines. This collection represents her active lifestyle, containing a number of Star Trek zines, a sizable stack of fan art--including a painting done by surprise artist Hal Clement--correspondence, convention material, and an impressive collection of 3D objects. This last category notably includes a pair of ears worn on the set by Leonard Nimoy (and the Barbie purse in which they were delivered), three handmade dolls, a hand-carved shell, and two Starfleet Academy class rings.


  • Creation: 1967-1972

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the University of Iowa by Mary Jennara Wenk.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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