Elsie Wollheim

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(June 26, 1910 – Feb. 9, 1996)

Elsie Wollheim (née Balter) was a member of the original Futurians of New York and assisted them in their publishing efforts. She published the fanzine Futuria with Chet Cohen in 1941 and a one-shot, Highpoints, dated March, 1945. She had a car, and ferried various Futurians to events.

Daughter of a jeweler, in the 1920s, she attended Hunter College. She studied bookkeeping, and took over the bookkeeping for her father during the Depression. She then learned stenography and typing and ended up working in a law office. She briefly dated a couple of other Futurians, but married Donald Wollheim in 1943.

She was a member of Vanguard.

Friends referred to the Wollheims as "the Wollies." When Wollheim started DAW Books in 1971, Elsie was the co-founder, and inherited the company when he died. Their daughter, Betsy, now runs the company.

Donald Wollheim dedicated his nonfiction book on SF, The Universe Makers (1971): "For Elsie, who shares my personal universe."

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