I got there at a little before the opening at 3:00, and it was already starting to fill up. There were a large number of students there, especially considering it was the Friday before Spring Break. There was a booksigning table in the reading room for James Gunn and Elizabeth Moon, and a local bookstore had supplies of their books for sale. By the time the presentation started at 3:30, the reading room had filled up, people were standing along the walls, and someone estimated that about 200 people there. Michael Moorcock also showed up, not as one of the speakers, but just there to see the exhibit.
The first case I saw:
On the impact of Star Trek, with a novelization, a fanzine, and some of the products.
Two handwritten letters by J.R.R. Tolkien
An Arthur C. Clarke letter and exhibit on coming up with the idea for geosynchronous satellites.
The history of AggieCon placard. (AggieCon has been held at Texas A&M by a student committee since 1969. I was chairman of AggieCon 17 in 1986. The most recent one was AggieCon 41, held last month.) One of the neat things at the presentation was that they asked all current and former members of Cepheid Variable (the student SF/F committee) to stand up. There were probably almost twenty of us there.
Trying to get a picture of the first room before it got too crowded.
From the Earth to the Moon, by Jules Verne, 1874
Even older: The Mummy: A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century by Jane Webb, 1828
A manuscript of A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (all his papers and manuscripts are stored in the collection.
Part of the fan culture exhibit, showing coins based on the ones described in A Game of Thrones.
A handwritten page from Tolkien's philological studies.
The Ships of Air and the first page of the manuscript, in the Texas SF/F writers case. Yay!
An Andre Norton placard. They have a few things from her in the collection, but she died before she could arrange to send the rest to them, and it was broken up and sold in pieces, including her diaries, manuscripts, letters, library, etc.
Early SF/F magazines. They have full runs of a large number SF/F magazines, including some from Europe I'd never heard of before.
The newer magazines, with a 2007 issue of Weird Tales
Getting ready for the presentation. I was trying to get a picture of Elizabeth Moon and James Gunn signing books, but it was too crowded to get a good angle.
Hall Hall, the curator, introducing the speakers. (Missed getting a photo of the other curator, Cait Coker.)
The street banners (this photo is from the Flickr Photo set, which I think was taken by Todd Samuelson, who edited the catalog and designed the graphics)
The banners on the front of the building, also from the Flickr Photo set.
The catalog, folding rocket invitation, and the plushie rocket given out at the opening.