Philip K. Dick Papers: Finding Aid

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Philip K. Dick Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1967-1977
Collection Number: mssHM 53576-53639; mssFAC 1280-1281
Creator: Dick, Philip K.
Extent: 66 items in 1 box
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence and manuscripts related to American science fiction writer Philip K. Dick (1928-198), dating from the 1967 to 1977. The bulk of the collection consists of 53 letters from Dick to his publisher, Doubleday and Company, concerning the publication of his novels and stories.
Language: English.

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Administrative Information

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Philip K. Dick Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Purchased from Joseph the Provider, July 1, 1979.

Biographical Note

Born on December 16, 1928, in Chicago, science fiction writer Philip Kindred Dick was the author of 35 books and six collections of short stories, most dealing with the nature of reality. Dick received the Hugo Award in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle, a fantasy novel about Hitler winning World War II. His anti-drug novel, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, won the Campbell Memorial Award in 1974. The movie Blade Runner was based on Dick's 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip Dick died of heart failure following a stroke, on March 2, 1982.

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence and manuscripts related to American science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. The bulk of the collection consists of 53 letters from Dick to his publisher, Doubleday and Company, concerning the publication of his novels and stories, dating from 1967 to 1977 (HM 53578-53630).
There are also a few letters by others including Dick's collaborator Roger Zelazny and one postcard (1974, February 4) from Ursula K. LeGuin to Dick expressing her admiration for his writing (HM 53634). Original literary manuscripts by Dick include the outline and part of a draft of the novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (HM 53576) and a fragment (page 23) of an unidentified novel (HM 53577). There are two Xerox copies: Dick's outline for his novel Deus Irae (FAC 1280) and Fred Zackel's plot summary for the novel Cocaine and Blue Eyes (FAC 1281). Finally, there is one photograph of Dick in the collection.

Related materials in the Huntington Library

  • Kingsley Amis Papers (mssAMS 1-1362)   Contains letter to Dick to Kingsley Amis discussing Dick's reasons for using the title The Man in the High Castle for his novel. 1979, September 10. (AMS 201).

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author, with literary manuscripts preceding correspondence for each author.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Dick, Philip K. -- Archives.
Dick, Philip K. -- Photographs.
Authors, American -- Archives.
Science fiction, American -- Archives.

Forms/Genres

Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century.
Manuscripts for publication -- United States -- 20th century.
Photographs -- United States -- 20th century.

Contributors

Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-, correspondent
Lem, Stanisław.
Zackel, Fred.
Zelazny, Roger, correspondent.
Doubleday & Company, Inc., addressee.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Correspondence and manuscripts