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Finding Aid for the Dick Spelman papers, 1976-1979
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    Title: Dick Spelman papers
    Date (inclusive): 1976-1979
    Collection number: 1116
    Creator: Spelman, Dick
    Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Dick Spelmann (b. 1931) was a book dealer who sold science fiction and fantasy books and helped to organize trade sells at numerous science fiction conventions in the late twentieth century. This collection consists of his published checklists for trade paperbacks.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Acquired April 1980.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Jesse Erickson in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, August 2011.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Dick Spelman papers (Collection Number 1116). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233811 


    Dick Spelman was born on June 18, 1931. He worked as a bookseller in the science fiction book trade for more than thirty years. As a trade bookseller, he has played an active role in the science fiction fan community by helping with the organization of conventions and heading many of their dealers' rooms, primarily through the 1970s and 80s. His first attendance at a science fiction convention dates back to 1952, when he attended the Chicon II convention. Thirty years later, Spelman was a member of the board of directors of Chicon IV. He officially retired from bookselling in 1991 after selling his book business to Larry Smith. Spelman is also known for having compiled a number of important checklists as references for collectors and booksellers. In 1976, he authored A Preliminary Checklist of Science Fiction and Fantasy published by Ballantine Books (1953-1974) and Science Fiction and Fantasy Published by Ace Books (1953-1968). A year later saw the release of his books Science Fiction and Fantasy Published by Ballantine Books (1953-1977), Science Fiction and Fantasy Published by Arkham House (1939-1976), and Science Fiction and Fantasy Published by Avalon Books. His shorter and more recent works include The Forgotten Worldcon of '45 published in 1994 and The Worldcon of 2001 published in 1996.

    Scope and Content

    A collection of checklists for trade paperbacks dating from 1976 to 1979 compiled by Marty Massoglia and Dick Spelman for his book selling operation. The checklists are mostly printouts on computer paper, but also included are some of the photo offset checklists that were compiled by Spelman himself. All materials were published by the Institute for Specialized Literature.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Collection is organized alphabetically by publisher name.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Science fiction--Bibliography--Catalogs.
    Fantasy fiction--Bibliography--Catalogs.