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Jay Kay Klein photographs and papers on science fiction fandom
MS 381  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Separated Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jay Kay Klein photographs and papers on science fiction fandom
    Date (inclusive): 1950-1994, undated
    Date (bulk): 1960-1980
    Collection Number: MS 381
    Creator: Klein, Jay Kay
    Extent: 65 linear feet (78 boxes, 27 binders)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: 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.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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 Distinctive Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Jay Kay Klein photographs and papers on science fiction fandom (MS 381). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the estate of Jay Kay Klein, 2012.

    Processing History

    Processed by Sara Stilley, Special Collections Preservation Assistant, 2012 (updated and revised, 2017).

    Biographical Note

    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.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    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.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into seven series as follows:
    • Series 1. 35mm contact prints, 1953-1993
    • Series 2. 35mm negatives, 1950-1993, undated
    • Series 3. 35mm slides, 1962-1994, undated
    • Series 4. Personal papers, circa 1960-1990, undated
    • Series 5. Photographic prints, undated
    • Series 6. Publications, undated
    • Series 7. Stereoslides, 1964-1992, undated

    Separated Material

    Some of the items received with this collection have been cataloged and added to the Eaton Science Fiction & Fantasy Collection housed in Special Collections & Archives. The UCR Libraries' online public access catalog can be used to locate these items.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Congresses and conventions
    Photography
    Science fiction
    Science fiction fans

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Correspondence
    Fanzines
    Negatives (photographs)
    Photographs
    Slides (photographs)