Jay Kay Klein photographs and papers on science fiction fandom

Finding aid prepared by Sara Stilley, Special Collections Preservation Assistant.
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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)


 

Series 1. 35mm contact prints 1953-1993

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains 35mm contact prints of Science Fiction conventions. The content found in the contact prints largely duplicates that found in the 35mm negatives (Series 2).

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially by binder number.
Binder 1

35mm contact prints including NYCON II (1956), PSFS MTG (7/53), PITTCON (1960), MWCON (1962), CHICON (1962), ESFA (1963), DISCON (1963) 1953-1963

Binder 2

35mm contact prints including ESFA (1964), MWCON (1964), PHILCON (1964), ESFA (1965), LUNACON (1965), DISCLAVE (1965), MWCON (1965), BOSKONE (1965), PHILCON (1965) 1964-1965

Binder 3

35mm contact prints including TRICON (1966), BOSKONE (1966), LUNARIAN MEETING (3/19/1966), LUNACON (1966), SAN (5/1966), IASF (6/1966), MWCON (1966) 1966

Binder 4

35mm contact prints including LUNARIAN (3/17/1967), ESFA (1967), IEFCON (1967), SFWA (1967), FRED POHL (1967), LUNACON (1967), NYCON (1967), PHILCON (1967), NEC (1967) 1967

Binder 5

35mm contact prints including LUNARIAN (2/1968), ESFA (1968), SFWA (1968), LUNACON (1968), California trip (1968), DISCLAVE (1968), MWCON (1968), BAYCON (1968), PHILCON (1968) 1968

Binder 6

35mm contact prints including SFWA (1969), BOSKONE (1969), LUNACON (1969), PGHLANGE (1969), PHILCON (1969), Ed Hamilton old photos, ST. LOUIS CON (1969) 1969

Binder 7

35mm contact prints including SFWA (1970), BOSKONE (1970), LUNACON (1970), MILFORD (1970), PGHLANGE (1970), FANFAIR (1970), ESFA (1970), PHILCON (1970), MISC CONS (1969-1970) 1969-1970

Binder 8

35mm contact prints including PGHLANGE (1970), FANFARI (1970), PHILCON (1970), BOSKONE (1971), SFWA (1971), LUNACON (1971), DISCLAVE (1971), PGHLANGE III (1971), NEBULA (1971) 1970-1971

Binder 9

35mm contact prints including NOREASCON (1971), PHILCON (1971), LUNACON (1972), SFWA (1972), DISCLAVE (1972), PHILCON (1972) 1971-1972

Binder 10

35mm contact prints including TORCON II (1973), INFINITY CON (1973), LUNACON (1973), SFWA (1973), PHILCON (1973) 1973

Binder 11

35mm contact prints including BOSKONE (1974), LUNACON (1974), DISCLAVE (1974), DISCON (1974) 1974

Binder 12

35mm contact prints including BOSKONE (1975), SFWA (1975), JAPAN (1975), Forest Ackerman (10/1975), PHILCON (1975), MIDAMERICON (1976) 1975-1976

Binder 13

35mm contact prints including STARTERCON (1976), BOSKONE (1976), New York City Isaac Asimov home (1976), LUNACON Sweden/Denmark (1976), SUNCON (1977), PHILCON (1977), SFWA Authors/Editors (1977) 1976-1977

Binder 14

35mm contact prints including BOSKONE (1977), MINICON (1977), SFWA Nebula (1977), DISCLAVE (1977), CONCLAVE (1977), IGUANACON (1978) 1977-1978

Binder 15

35mm contact prints including Australia UNICON IV (1978), Tahiti (1978), DORSAI THING (1978), DISCLAVE (1978), BOSKONE XVI (1979), SFWA Nebula (1979), BETA DRACONIS (1979), CONNEBULUS (1979), NORTH AMERICON (1979) 1978-1979

Binder 16

35mm contact prints including NOREASCON II (1980) 1980

Binder 17

35mm contact prints including EFSA 35th Anniversary (1981), LUNACON (1981), SFWA Nebula "Analog 50th Anniversary" (1981), DISCLAVE (1981), DENVERTION II (1981) 1981

Binder 18

35mm contact prints including LUNACON (1982), DISCLAVE (1982), CHICON IV (1982), WORLD FANTASY CON (1982), LUNACON (1983), SFWA Nebulas (1983), WORLD FANTASY CON (1983), PHILCON (1983) 1982-1983

Binder 19

35mm contact prints including CONSTELLATION (1983), LEPACCON (1984), SFWA Nebulas (1984), UNICON (1984), HATCON (1984), PHILCON (1984), WORLD FANTASY CON (1984) 1983-1984

Binder 20

35mm contact prints including LACON II (1984), BOSKONE (1985), DORSAI (1985), Nebulas (1985), BOSKONE (1986), LUNACON (1986), SFWA Nebulas (1986), PHILCON (1986) 1984-1986

Binder 21

35mm contact prints including CONFEDERATION "WORLD CON" (1986), BOSKONE (1987), LUNACON (1987), SFWA (1987), STAR TREK CON (1987), CACTUS CON (1987), WORLD FANTASY CON (1987), PHILCON (1987) 1986-1987

Binder 22

35mm contact prints including NOLACON (1988), CONTRADITION (1988), BOSKONE (1988), BYU SF Symposium (1988), SERCON (1988), LUNACON (1988), STAR TREK CON (1988), Nebulas WOF (1988) 1988

Binder 23

35mm contact prints including BYU SF Symposium (1989), LUNACON (1989), ICON (1989), Nebulas (1989), NOREASCON (1989) 1989

Binder 24

35mm contact prints including Doubleday party (1990), Analog 60th Anniversary (1990), LUNACON (1990), ICON (1990), CONFICTION (1990), LUNACON (1991), ICON (1991), Nebulas (1991), CHICON (1991), PHILCON (1991) 1990-1991

Binder 25

35mm contact prints including ICON (1992), WOF (1992), MAGICON (1992), CONTRADICTION (1992), PHILCON (1992), ICON (1993), CONFRANSICO (1993), FLOOD, MISC 1992-1993

 

Series 2. 35mm negatives 1950-1993, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series primarily contains 35mm negatives of Science Fiction conventions. A selection of undeveloped and unidentified film is also present.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially by box number.
Box 1

35mm negatives pertaining to Science Fiction conventions, attendees, and events (1950-1 - 67-13 A) 1950-1967

Box 2

35mm negatives pertaining to Science Fiction conventions, attendees, and events (67-14 - 70-16) 1967-1970

Box 3

35mm negatives pertaining to Science Fiction conventions, attendees, and events (70-17 - 73-22) 1970-1973

Box 4

35mm negatives pertaining to Science Fiction conventions, attendees, and events (73-23 - 75-11) 1973-1975

Box 5

35mm negatives pertaining to Science Fiction conventions, attendees, and events (75-12 - 77-50) 1975-1977

Box 6

35mm negatives pertaining to Science Fiction conventions, attendees, and events (77-51 - 80-17) 1977-1980

Box 7

35mm negatives pertaining to Science Fiction conventions, attendees, and events (80-18 - 82-55) 1980-1982

Box 8

35mm negatives pertaining to Science Fiction conventions, attendees, and events (82-56 - 84-58) 1982-1984

Box 9

35mm negatives pertaining to Science Fiction conventions, attendees, and events (84-59 - 87-43) 1984-1987

Box 10

35mm negatives pertaining to Science Fiction conventions, attendees, and events (87-44 - 89C) 1987-1989

Box 11

35mm negatives pertaining to Science Fiction conventions, attendees, and events (90-1 - 93E) 1990-1993

 

Series 3. 35mm slides 1962-1994, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series primarily contains 35mm slides of Science Fiction conventions. There is some overlap between the content found in the slides and that of the 35mm contact prints (Series 1) and 35mm negatives (Series 2). Select non-Science Fiction content is included.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially by box number.
Box 17

35mm slides including CHICON (1962), PHILLCON (1963), DISCON (1963), MWCON (1966), NYCON (1967), DISCLAVE (1968), PHILLCON (1969), BOSKONE (1970), SFWA (1972), SFWA (1975), and other conventions (1970-1976) 1962-1976

Box 18

35mm slides including England (12/1972), DISCLAVE (1974), FANFAIR III (7/31/1975), JAPAN (9/1975), LA Forest Ackerman (10/17/1975), ANONYCON (10/24/26/1975), Sweden/Denmark (6/1976) 1972-1976

Box 19

35mm slides including BOSKONE (1976), LUNACON (4/9-11/1976), Ben Bova home W. Hartford (6/1976), LEXICON (1976), 2nd WORLD FANTASY CON (1976), MID AMERICON (9/1976), Bova Chinatown (10/1976), CONNEBULUS I (2/5-7/1977), BOSKONE 14 (2/19/1977), ALPHACON (3/18-20/1977), SFWA Nebulas (4/29-30/1977), DISCLAVE (5/27-30/1977) 1976-1977

Box 20

35mm slides including SUNCON (8/30-9/5/1977), CONCLAVE 99/1977), PHILLCON (11/11-13/1977), UNICON IV (3/23-27/1978), Tahiti (1978), DORSAI (5/5-7/1978), DISCLAVE (5/26-29/1978), CONNEBULUS (7/1-9/1978), IGUANACON (1978), CONCLAVE III (1978) 1977-1978

Box 21

35mm slides including BOSKONE (1979), SFWA (1979), NORTH AM (1979), WORLD FAN CON (10/1979), CONCLAVE (1979), SFWA Author/editor party (1979), BOSKONE (1980), NOREASCON II (1980), 35TH anniversary ESFA (1981), LUNACON (3/20-22/1981), SFWA Nebulas (1981) 1979-1981

Box 22

35mm slides including SFWA (1981), DISCLAVE (1981), DENVERTION II (9/2-9/1981), LUNACON (3/19/21/1982), DISCLAVE (5/28-30/1982), CHICON IV (9/3-7/1982), CONSTILLATION (1983), WORLD FAN CON (10/1983), PHILLCON (1983), Nebulas (1984) 1981-1984

Box 23

35mm slides including LA CON (8/28-9/3/1984), WORLD FAN CON (1984), PHILCON (1984), Nebulas (5/4/1985), Nebulas (1986), PHILCON (1986), WOF (5/1987), WORLD FANTASY CON (1987), LUNACON (3/11-13/1988), Nebulas (5/20-22/1988), Nebula/WOF (1986), WOF (1988) 1984-1988

Box 24

35mm slides including NOLACON (1988), PHILCON (1988), BYU (1989), LUNACON (1989), ICON (1989), Nebula Awards (4/22/1989), WOF (1989), NOREASCON III (1989), Doubleday Party for Isaac Asimov (11/12/1990), Analog Party (1/19/1989), LUNACON (1990), ICON (1990), CONFICTION (1990), ICON (1991), Nebula Awards (1991), CHICON V (1991), ICON (1992), MAGICON (1992), CONTRADICTION (1992) 1988-1992

Box 25

35mm slides including ICON (1994) 1994

Box 26

35mm slides including Nebula (1977), LUNACON (1981), SFWA Nebula (1983), LA CON (1984), CONFEDERATION (1986), and other conventions (1977-1987) 1977-1987

Box 27

35mm slides including PHILCON (1993-4), LUNACON (1988), ICON (1993) and other conventions (1976-1994) 1976-1994

Box 28

35mm slides including PHILCON, SFWA, SUNCON MID AMERICON, WORLD FANTASY and other conventions (1976-1982) 1976-1982

Box 29

35mm slides including Science Fiction and non-Science Fiction content undated

 

Series 4. Personal papers circa 1960-1990, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains correspondence, press clippings, autobiographical information, ephemera, and other material pertaining to Jay Kay Klein.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially by box number.
Box 46

Index cards documenting the names of individuals represented in the photographic component of the collection that was created and maintained by Jay Kay Klein as a personal inventory undated

Boxes 59-62

Correspondence and other material pertaining to Jay Kay Klein undated

Box 64

Autobiographical information, membership directories, press clippings, and other material including Klein's resume, research notes, and personal writings undated

Box 65

Awards, badges, buttons, and other material related to Science Fiction & Fantasy associations and conventions undated

Boxes 66-67

Financial records and legal documents of Jay Kay Klein undated

Boxes 68-70

Documents pertaining to Klein's education, employment, personal life, and hobbies undated

Box 72

Autobiographical information, press clippings, research notes, mementos, and other material pertaining to Klein undated

Boxes 74-75

Audio cassettes undated

Box 76

Artwork and drawings undated

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Political cartoon by Sy Hungerford undated

 

Series 5. Photographic prints undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains photographic prints pertaining to Klein's involvement in the Science Fiction community as well as his personal interests.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially by box and binder number.
Boxes 30-31

Photographic prints pertaining to Science Fiction and Klein's other personal interests undated

Binder 26

Photographic prints including CHICON 3 and other World Science Fiction Conventions (includes BluRay disc with digital copies) undated

Binder 27

Photographic prints including TRICON (includes BluRay disc with digital copies) undated

 

Series 6. Publications undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains fanzines, progress reports, programs, and other material pertaining to Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially by box number.
Boxes 48-52

Fanzines of Science Fiction & Fantasy undated

Boxes 53-58

Progress reports, fliers, souvenir programs, and other material related to Science Fiction & Fantasy conventions undated

Box 71

Fanzines, progress reports, fliers, and other material pertaining to Science Fiction & Fantasy undated

Box 73

Fanzines, progress reports, fliers, and other material pertaining to Science Fiction & Fantasy undated

Box 63

Drafts of "Biolog." undated

 

Series 7. Stereo slides 1964-1992, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains stereo slides of the World's Fair and Science Fiction conventions as well as a stereo slide viewer.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially by box number.
Box 12

Stereo slides including the 1964 World's Fair 1964

Box 13

Stereo slides including the 1964 World's Fair and 1967 Montreal Expo 1964-1967

Box 14

Stereo slides including the 1967 Montreal Expo and MidWest Con Cincinnati 1967

Box 15

Stereo slides including MidWest CON Cincinnati and the 1966 Philadelphia Conference 1966-1967

Box 16

Stereo slides including the 1964 World's Fair, MAGICON, CONTRADITION, and PHILCON 1958-1992

Box 47

Stereo slide viewer undated