With the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is time that a hidden treasure of the ASU Libraries collections become unhidden: the Nicholas A. Salerno Star Wars Collection. ASU Now featured the collection, including an intervew with Dr. Salerno, in the article : 'Star Wars' collection transports scholars to a galaxy far, far away
There is a finding aid available online that outlines the contents of the collection, which is described as follows:
"This collection houses Nicholas A. Salerno’s collection of publicity materials and merchandising products for the Star Wars film series from 1976-2005. The bulk of the materials focuses on the original trilogy released from 1977-1983 beginning with Star Wars (1977), Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983).
The collection includes press kits and publicity materials; autographed photographs and principal actor headshots; journal, magazine and newspaper articles; co-branded tie in products; licensed merchandise; action figures, creatures, playsets and vehicles; audio and video recordings; posters; store displays; and fabric textiles. Materials relate primarily to the production, publicity, exhibition and importance of the trilogy film series from 1977-1987."
Some of the rare items included in the collection are:
- A white Star Wars Revenge of the Jedi Press Kit (Series I, Box 2)
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Portfolio with Darth Vader Medallion (Series I, Box 3).
- A rare, original 1977 Style "A" Star Wars poster of art by Illustrator Tom Jung (Series XV)
To see items of the collection, please visit the Luhrs Reading Room on Level 4 of Hayden Library. Please note that some boxes have restricted access to preserve the original items. To view restricted materials, please email Katherine Krzys.