The Gene Roddenberry Star Trek Collection at UCLA

Where no man has gone before
Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

NOTE VENUE CHANGE: Due to popularity, the event has been moved to the Main Conference Room.

The Gene Roddenberry Star Trek Collection has been at UCLA for decades. Yet to this day, very few fans or scholars have delved into this treasure trove of primary sources documenting the famed television series that continues to influence science fiction TV programs and movies today.

Contents reveal the personalities of many of those responsible for making the show come to life, including its creator, Gene Roddenberry, and many of the main characters that viewers have come to know so well, including Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura.

Materials bring to light how the censors of the day sought to spare contemporary viewers from scenes thay they deemed sexually explicity or racially charged. And fan mail shows how women inparticular reacted to the half-human, half-alien Mr. Spock.

In addition, set against the current practice of using digitally enhanced special effects, contents disclose how characters were "beamed" through space to alien planets.

Come learn more about this culturally significant series, which many regard as the most influential science fiction TV show of all time.


This occasional series explores Library collections and projects with the staff who acquire and make them available. You are welcome to bring your lunch; coffee and cookies will be served.

Seating is limited. RSVP to UCLA Library Development at <>.