Bud Foote Photographs (VAM311)

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The Bud Foote photographs appear to have been taken during lectures, book signings or conferences relating to science fiction. The photographs frequently include Bud Foote and his colleagues with authors and scholars of science fiction.

Biography of Bud Foote

Irving Flint "Bud" Foote (1930-2005) spent his career as a professor of English at the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His scholarly interest in science fiction extended to his teaching: He pioneered classes in the study of science fiction, as well as in speed reading and African-American studies.

Bud Foote was born on August 19, 1930 in Linconia, New Hampshire. Foote attended Princeton University and received a B.A. in English in 1952 (Summa Cum Laude). Later, Foote attended the University of Connecticut to obtain an M.A. in English before coming to Georgia Tech in 1957. As a professor at Georgia Tech, Foote influenced the curriculum as much as he influenced his students. Both a political activist and folk-music enthusiast, Foote was passionate about the arts and teaching. He had eclectic tastes, and on many occasions he brought his banjo to class.

Foote published poetry, a novel, music and several short pieces of literature (sometimes under the pseudonym "Og, King of Bashan"). He amassed a large collection of over 8,000 science fiction books during his career.

Foote retired from Georgia Tech in 1999 after teaching for over thirty years. He died on March 12, 2005.


Many of the photographs appear to have taken by an amateur photographer during lectures, book signings, or conferences relating to science fiction. The photographs frequently include Bud Foote as well as his colleagues and members of the science fiction community.

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