This collection is primarily comprised
of photographs, negatives, and slides taken by Jay Kay Klein as he documented Science
Fiction & Fantasy fandom over the course of many years. The majority of images were
taken by Klein while attending Science Fiction & Fantasy conventions and events.
Additional material includes Klein's correspondence with notable Science Fiction &
Fantasy authors such as Isaac Asimov and Ben Bova, material related to his personal and
professional life, and his personal collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy fanzines,
convention programs, and progress reports.
Jay Kay Klein (1931-2012) began reading Science Fiction at a young age and joined the
Philadelphia Science Fiction Society at the age of 14. During his lifetime he was an avid
photographer and amassed an extensive photograph collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy
conventions and events. He was a writer, editor, and photographer for international
corporate magazines and wrote missile acquisition radar systems and ICBM launch facilities
manuals for the United States Air Force. He was also a member and contributor to First
Fandom, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and Analog. Throughout his life Klein lectured on Science Fiction as literature,
social commentary, and as a window into the future.
65 Linear Feet
(78 boxes, 27 binders)
Copyright of these records has been assigned to the University of California, Riverside
Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives. All requests for permission to
publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of
This collection is open for research.