May 25, 2022

Indiana University: Lilly Library is the Final Frontier For Authentic Set Of Spock Ears Donated by IU Faculty Member

From Indiana University:

Faculty member Ben Motz recently donated one of his prized childhood possessions to Indiana University’s Lilly Library: an authentic set of the pointy ears worn by actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the original “Star Trek” television series and several films.

Motz, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, said the ears were a gift from his parents for his sixth-grade graduation.

The Nimoy family had donated the ears for a fundraiser auction at a Los Angeles Jewish community center, where the Motzes were members.


In August, Motz was asked to be the keynote speaker at the IU Bloomington Libraries’ inaugural Primary Source Immersion Workshop. The workshop introduced faculty members to ways of incorporating local primary sources and special collections into their courses. Attendees visited the Lilly Library, the university’s rare book and manuscript library, as part of their experience.

There, Motz discovered that the Lilly is home to several “Star Trek” collections, including the original scripts for the “Star Trek” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television series, comic books, and the papers of IU alumnus and “Star Trek” producer Jeri Taylor. The library is also home to the original prospectus for the “Star Trek” television series, dated March 11, 1964.

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