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Guide to the Martha "Ricky" Weiser Collection

Martha "Ricky" Weiser Collection of Theodore Sturgeon


Creator:Weiser, Ricky, 1924-2002
Title: Martha "Ricky" Weiser Collection of Theodore Sturgeon
Dates: 1948-1985
Quantity: .25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:Boulder, Colorado resident Martha "Ricky" Weiser knew Science Fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon from the 1940s until his death in 1985. Included in the collection are letters from Sturgeon to Weiser, three of Sturgeon's diary entries that were included in letters to Weiser, and a manuscript of Sturgeon's award winning short story, "Bianca's Hands," complete with a poem for Weiser on the final page.
Language: English

Call Number:

MS 300

Repository: University of Kansas
Kenneth Spencer Research Library
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045-7616
URL: http://spencer.lib.ku.edu/
Finding aid prepared by skt, 2014; Finding aid encoded by skt, 2014
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-10-22 11:35:08 -0500.

BIOGRAPHY of Martha "Ricky" Richardson Weiser

Martha "Ricky" Richardson Weiser was the only child born to Seth and Nina Richardson. The family moved to the Washington D.C. area, where Seth was in private and federal service as an attorney. He was friends with Joe Kennedy, and obtained the first commercial rights to fly to Japan for Northwest Airlines. President Hoover appointed Richardson assistant attorney general of the United States.

Weiser was known as either Rick or Richardson in college and during her friendship with Theodore Sturgeon. In later life, she was uniformly known as Ricky. She attended Wellesley and Yale, and obtained a degree in theater direction at the latter, being the first woman to do so. Weiser married C.B. Weiser in 1950 and had two sons, Seth and Christopher.

Weiser spent most of her life in Boulder, Colorado, and was involved with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Boulder civics, and the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (in the capacity of a Shakespearean bard).

It is unknown as to how or when Weiser met Theodore Sturgeon, but the two maintained a correspondence for some years. According to Weiser, the two were engaged for a brief period. In 1985, Sturgeon called her from his death bed, which she mentions in letters to Tandy Sturgeon and Jayne Engelhart Tannehill, Sturgeon's partner at the time of his death.

Weiser died in 2002.

Scope and Contents

The Martha "Ricky" Weiser Collection of Theodore Sturgeon consists primarily of letters written by Sturgeon to Weiser in 1948 and 1949. It also includes three multi-page diary entries that were enclosed in letters to Weiser, a manuscript of Sturgeon's award winning short story, "Bianca's Hands," complete with a poem for Weiser on the final page, Sturgeon's obituary, and a copy of Fantasy Review. Vol. 8, no. 5, Whole #79, which featured Sturgeon following his death.


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Related Material

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Sturgeon, Theodore, Personal papers of Theodore Sturgeon, MS 254

Sturgeon, Theodore, Papers of Theodore Sturgeon, MS 303



Sturgeon, Theodore -- Correspondence
Weiser, Ricky, 1924-2002 -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Martha "Ricky" Weiser Collection, MS 300, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Christopher Bruce Weiser, July 2011.