To make the Star Wars Historical Sourcebook as comprehensive as possible, I contacted international libraries for their materials, either by personal visits, or by enlisting local researchers, or by inquiries via email. I wish to acknowledge help from the following international libraries. Individual librarians are named in the Sourcebook itself:
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien, Austria
Information Services, National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T., Australia
State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A., Australia
Australian Film Institute Research Collection, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Inc., Victoria, Australia
Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België – Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, Kranten & Hedendaagse Media – Journaux & Médias Contemporains, Bruxelles/Brussels, Belgium
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
University of Alberta Libraries – BARD, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Toronto Public Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Newfoundland & Labrador Collection, Provincial Resource Library, Arts & Culture Centre, St. John’s, NL, Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns, NL, Canada
Direction de la Collection nationale et des collections patrimoniales, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark
Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands), Division Document-delivery, The Hague
Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington City Libraries, Wellington, New Zealand
United Kingdom / England
Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK
Blackpool Central Library, Blackpool, England
Library and Information Service, Leeds City Council, Leeds, England
The British Library, London, England
British National Newspaper Library, Colindale (The British Newspaper Library at Colindale closed November 8, 2013. The contents were moved to remote storage at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire. As of March 2014, papers could be delivered and accessed at St. Pancras in London.)
British Film Institute, BFI Reuben Library, BFI Southbank, South Bank, London
Community Heritage, Harris Library, Market Square, Lancashire, England
Central Library, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, England
United Kingdom / Scotland
Reference Services, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Now online! Richard and Sarah Woloski interview me on the Skywalking Through Neverland podcast, Episode #220! Click here.
Last week I was interviewed by Richard and Sarah Woloski for Episode 220 of their podcast, Skywalking Through Neverland. They are a delightful couple who are really knowledgeable, and enthusiastic, about Star Wars and Disneyana. Tune in tomorrow, August 6, to learn about the making of The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook, some behind-the-scenes Star Wars anecdotes, and an opportunity to win a copy of the book. Check out Skywalking Through Neverland here.
First major review!
Dennis Pellegrom has reviewed The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook at his website, starwarsawakens.nl, here.
It is written in Dutch, so those not versed in Dutch may have to use Google’s translator or other means of translation.
Full disclosure: Dennis graciously allowed quotations from his interviews with Anthony Forrest, Paul Huston and Paul Blake in this volume. Thank you, Dennis!
The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook includes links to online videos at YouTube and Vimeo, so fans can see for themselves a visual source of information. Here’s a clip of Mark Hamill guesting on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on November 29, 1977, sharing a story in which Sir Alec Guinness plays a prank on Jack Purvis, who played the Chief Jawa in Star Wars:
When dealers and exhibitors come to conventions, they try all kinds of innovative ways to attract potential customers. Here, at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Neopets was promoting their School of Dragons game. On Saturday, July 21, their booth featured a green screen where people could wear Viking attire, have their photograph taken, and the shot would be composited with their How to Train Your Dragon background. Key in your email address, and the image is transmitted to one’s home computer or app. This is the result with me:
Somehow, I don’t think hammering a dragon is a good method of training them.
But Neopets’ promotional strategy worked. Here I am posting about it.
Greetings, Star Wars fans!
If you’re curious about the content of The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook, here are some sample pages from the year 1976.
From these you can see the format of the book. Citations are arranged in chronological order. Quotes are provided from the cast and crew during production. Other citations come from articles about Star Wars. Sometimes I cross-reference when a writer or speaker mentions an earlier or later article, or event. Footnotes provide other details, referencing an actor or technician’s career, or when they die. Links to online videos are provided as well.
These are just sample pages. Don’t worry about the watermark. It’s not in the book.
At long last, after 41 years of meticulous research, The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook is now available to the public, through Amazon.com. Volume One covers the years 1971 to 1976.
Producer Gary Kurtz wrote the Foreword. He says, “This historical sourcebook is an extraordinarily complete work, annotating almost everything that has been written about the original Star Wars Trilogy (now called Episodes 4, 5, and 6). I have personally found this sourcebook very useful for my own research into questions I am asked in interviews. Bob Miller has done a monumental job on this sourcebook and any true Star Wars fan or scholar must have this work in their collection.”
The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook, Vol. 1: 1971 – 1976 Published by Pulp Hero Press (an imprint of Theme Park Press). ISBN 978-1-6839-0148-8, 396 pp.
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How big a Star Wars fan are you? Do you know the answers to the following questions:
Who was the first Star Trek actor involved with Star Wars?
Were Luke and Leia originally twins, according to George Lucas?
How old were Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher at the time of casting?
What were the Whills? A throwaway name of little significance or something more?
Was Peter Cushing considered for the role of Ben Kenobi?
Why did Geoffrey Unsworth, the cinematographer for 2001: A Space Odyssey, decline to film Star Wars?
What was Peter Beale’s role in the making of Star Wars?
Which actress did Marcia Lucas prefer to be Princess Leia?
Who were the first people hired at Industrial Light and Magic?
What is Anthony Daniels’ favorite science fiction film?
How was the lightsaber constructed, and by whom?
What is the significance of Leia’s cell block number, 2187?
Who defended George Lucas from a skeptical English crew during filming?
How did Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher celebrate the American Bicentennial while in England?
Why did Twentieth Century-Fox oppose the title, “Star Wars”?
What world-famous celebrity served on the board of directors at 20th Century-Fox at the time?
When was the Star Wars Corporation established?
What was the “26 for ‘76” campaign?
Was the first trailer considered a failure or success?
What was “The Lippincott Spiral” and how did it contribute to the success of Star Wars?
You can find the answer to these questions, and a whole lot more, in The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook, Volume One, 1971-1976, soon to be available through Amazon.com!
At last, Volume One of The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook now has a publication date: July 17, 2018! It will be available through Amazon.com.
I’ve established a special Facebook page about it, here. If people have questions about the project, I’ll try to answer them there.
The Sourcebook has also been announced on Facebook at the Star Wars Upcoming Books and Comics page, as well as Dennis Pellegrom’s Star Wars Awakens website. Dennis was kind enough to allow me to quote from his interviews from various members of the Star Wars cast and crew. For the interviews in their entirety, click here.
To Dennis and anyone who promotes the work, you have my thanks.