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Margaret Hawtof Kay collection on Stanley G. Weinbaum
MS 114  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Separated Materials Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Margaret Hawtof Kay collection on Stanley G. Weinbaum
    Date (inclusive): 1920-2003, undated
    Date (bulk): 1920-1922
    Collection Number: MS 114
    Creator: Hawtof Kay, Margaret
    Source: Weinbaum, Stanley G. (Stanley Grauman), 1902-1935
    Extent: 0.83 linear feet (2 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection contains manuscripts, published and unpublished works, poetry, and short stories written by the science fiction author Stanley G. Weinbaum before his death in 1935. Also included in the collection is correspondence compiled by Weinbaum's widow Margaret Hawtof Kay from the late 1990s and early 2000s regarding the disposition of Weinbaum's estate and the management of his literary works.
    Languages: The collection is in English.


    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Margaret Hawtof Kay collection on Stanley G. Weinbaum (MS 114). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Gifts of Mark J. Polland, 2014, 2023.

    Processing History

    Processed by Aleia McDaniel, Student Processing Assistant, 2016.
    Processing of the Margaret Hawtof Kay collection of Stanley G. Weinbaum materials was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Bergis Jules, University and Political Papers Archivist, and Eric Milenkiewicz, Manuscripts Curator.

    Biographical Note

    Stanley Grauman Weinbaum was a science fiction writer who lived from 1902 to 1935. Prior to the initial acceptance of his science fiction stories, Weinbaum wrote numerous manuscripts for the freelance romantic and mystery market under the pseudonym Marge Stanley, the majority of which went unsold. In 1934, in what is now regarded as the "Golden Age of Science Fiction", Weinbaum released the first of his "Planetary Series", A Martian Odyssey. It was the first published science fiction story of the author and the first alien story to probe the alternative psyche of beings from extra-terrestrial bodies and explore the eco-systems of other planets all from a non-earth based view. It was also the first of the author's stories to appear during his short two year period of publishing before he died prematurely of cancer in 1935.
    Margaret Hawtof Kay was married to Stanley Weinbaum in 1926, and passed away in 1996.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    The collection contains published and unpublished manuscripts, stories, and other materials written by Stanley G. Weinbaum. The manuscripts include science fiction stories, poems, prose, and criticisms. Included in these manuscripts are first drafts and rough outlines of his unpublished stories that may have been written under his penname of Marge Stanley. These manuscripts contain numerous sonnets, short and longform poetry, as well as short stories with editors notes and commentary.
    The biographies and interviews that are included in the collection are primarily done through Weinbaum's agents —particularly Lurton Blassingame— publishers and his wife Margaret Hawtof Kay. Several later articles about Weinbaum, including several by Eric Leif Davin, are also included within the collection.
    Also included in the collection is correspondence compiled by Weinbaum's widow Margaret Hawtof Kay from the late 1990s and early 2000s regarding the disposition of Weinbaum's estate and the management of his literary works.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into three series as follows:
    • Series 1. Manuscripts and other material, 1920-1922, undated
    • Series 2. Publications, 1921-2002, undated
    • Series 3. Correspondence, 1962-2003

    Related Archival Materials

    Related archival materials can be found at Temple University: https://library.temple.edu/scrc/stanley-g-weinbaum-papers Collection ID: SCRC 76

    Separated Materials Note

    Separated books, multiple copies of published novels, can be found in the general UC Riverside library catalog.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Weinbaum, Stanley G. (Stanley Grauman), 1902-1935
    Biographies (documents)
    Creative writing (Higher education)
    Detective and mystery stories
    Fantasy fiction
    Science fiction
    Science fiction -- Authorship

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Short stories