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John Copeland Babylon 5 Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2006-018-r

Scope and Contents

This collection was donated by Chapman alumni John Copeland, who produced the tv series Babylon 5, its' spinoff Crusade and the miniseries Wild West. The collection primarily contains Babylon 5 concept art, sketches, scripts, merchandise, and various ephemera and memorabilia related to the show, including the entire series on VHS. Aside from the Babylon 5 materials, the collection includes the Crusade and Wild West series on VHS, and a few concept sketches for the Crusade series.


  • 1993 - 1999

Language of Materials

The materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material.

Biographical / Historical

Babylon 5 is an American science fiction television series created by J. Michael Straczynski and produced by John Copeland. The show centers on the Babylon 5 space station: a focal point for politics, diplomacy, and conflict during the years 2257–2262. The five seasons of the series each correspond to one fictional sequential year in that time frame. The pilot film premiered on February 22, 1993. The regular series aired from January 26, 1994 and ran for five full seasons. The show spawned six television films and a spin-off series called Crusade, which aired in 1999 and ran for thirteen episodes. This award winning series broke new ground in television as the first program to create all of the visual effects using computer animation.

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Crusade is a spin-off TV series, from the creators of Babylon 5. Its plot is set in 2267, five years after the events of Babylon 5, and just after the made-for-TV-movie, A Call to Arms. These episodes center around a race called the Drakh, who have released a nanovirus plague on Earth. If this plague is not stopped, it will destroy all life on the planet within five years. To that end, the destroyer Excalibur has been sent out to look for anything that could help find a cure. Like Babylon 5, Crusade was intended to have a five-year story arc, however, conflicts arose between the producers and executives at TNT and production was cancelled before the first episode was broadcast.

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The Wild West was a ten-part series of some 3500 photos, sketches, and paintings of myths of the American West between the end of the Civil War to 1900. Includes first-person narratives, anecdotes, newspaper accounts, journals, and letters covering Buffalo Bill Cody, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Geronimo, Sitting Bull, Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid, and George Custer. John Copeland was producer on two of these episodes entitled: " Cowboys" and "The Chroniclers".

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John Copeland has produced over 220 hours of Prime Time television programming. Many of these productions were not only award winners, but also brought innovations to film and television production, including the first television series to combine state of the art 3D computer generated character animation with live action and visual effects. John Copeland has been declared as “the producer’s producer” because few in the industry can boast his comprehensive knowledge of the entire production spectrum. From traditional filmmaking techniques to the evolving landscape of new technologies, many of which Copeland helped pioneer, few have contributed as much in terms of shepherding quality entertainment to the small screen.

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59.5 Linear Feet (31 folder boxes, 19 boxes)


This collection contains a various assortment of action figures, books, set-related ephemera, awards won by the show, glassware, concept art, production stills, pictures, photos, statues, trading cards, two video games, all related to Babylon 5, including the entire series on VHS. In addition to the Babylon 5 collection, the series Crusader and Wild West are contained on VHS.


This collection is arranged by material type.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is a gift of Chapman alumni John Copeland.

Separated Materials

The 1997 Hugo award for Babylon 5 series episode "Severed Dreama" was de-accessioned on 4/27/2011. John Copeland requested that his Hugo award be returned to him. This Hugo award was presented at the Lone Star convention Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 1997.
Finding Aid for the John Copeland Babylon 5 Collection
Norm Lee '06, Gary Girod '11.
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

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