Minicon 9

Minicon 9 was held 11–13 October 1974 at the Minneapolis Public Library and the Dyckman Hotel (Minneapolis). It was the second Minicon in 1974 and the second of two fall Minicons after Minicon 5. The guests of honor were Judy-Lynn del Rey and Lester del Rey. It was chaired by Don Blyly and Jim Young and had a membership of about 190.

The program booklet cover says "Made possible by a Grant from Daytons!" and we've been listing that as the theme/slogan of Minicon 9 in historical lists for many years. David Dyer-Bennet, when asked in 2019, recalled that there really was a grant from Daytons. In 2021, Matt Strait finally got around to reading all of the concom minutes in the archives and found that the July 28, 1974 minutes say "our expenses would be down for Minicon 9, perhaps as much as $400, due to B. Dalton's and Mpls Public Library supplying support." So it is not so much of a theme as a fact.


Program Booklet

small Minicon 9 program book cover

Here is the program booklet in PDF (3 MB), or the same, but lower quality and a much smaller download (150 kB). Here's a text-only transcription (3 kB).

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Here are individual page images, available here in a range of qualities and file sizes. Most people want the third column, in which the files have been substantially cleaned up to remove the grain of the paper, bleed through from adjacent pages, etc., but are still plenty high resolution.

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Front cover Front cover Front cover Front cover
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The Minicon 9 program book is in the public domain due to having been published between 1923 and 1977 without a copyright notice.


A Minicon 9 Photo by David Dyer-Bennet.