Margaret Hawtof Kay collection on Stanley G. Weinbaum

Finding aid originally prepared in 2016 by Aleia McDaniel, Student Processing Assistant. Updates made by SCUA staff in 2023.
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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Abstract: This collection contains manuscripts, published and unpublished works, poetry, and short stories written by the science fiction author Stanley G. Weinbaum before his death in 1935.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.

Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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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.

Subjects

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

Genres and Forms of Materials

Correspondence
Poems
Short stories


 

Series 1. Manuscripts and other material 1920-1922, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains edited and unfinished manuscripts written by Stanley G. Weinbaum. Included are essays, critiques, and unpublished poetry and short stories.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged in alphabetical order by title.
Box 1, Folder 1

Class Handouts: English 107 Narration and Preliminary Bibliography undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Criticism of "A Tale of Scheherezade" undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Criticism of "Mr. Weinbaum's 'Roland' by B. Humiston undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Criticism of Mr. Weinbaums Story, by K. Brady 1 May 1922

Box 1, Folder 5

Notebook containing unpublished poetry and short stories written by Weinbaum undated

Box 1, Folder 6

Editors notes and critique for "Rhythm in Sir Thomas Brown" undated

Box 1, Folder 7

Remarks to Critics undated

Box 1, Folder 8

Letter to Mr. Weinbaum undated

Box 1, Folder 9

Essay on Film and Acting 27 September 1922

Box 1, Folder 10

"Abandoned," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 11

"A Mid-Semester Fantasy," unpublished manuscript, handwritten 6 December 1920

Box 1, Folder 12

"A Poet Pickpocket," unpublished manuscript, handwritten 23 April 1922 & undated

Scope and Contents

Folder includes a one page criticism by Jerry Quam.
Box 1, Folder 13

"A Tale of Scheherazade," unpublished manuscript, handwritten 8 March 1922

Box 1, Folder 14

"An Uncritical Allegory," unpublished manuscript, typed undated

Box 1, Folder 15

"Aryana," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 16

"Ballade to Claire," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 17

"Ballade of Pleasures," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 18

"Bellum Mortis," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 19

"Beside the Nile," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 20

"Buddha," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 21

"Cerberus," unpublished manuscript, handwritten 26 Feb 1922

Scope and Contents

Folder includes newspaper clipping dated 8 March 1922
Box 1, Folder 22

"China," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 23

"Classmates," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 24

"Deep Down in Hell," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 25

"Disraeli, After his Renunciation of Faith, to Israel (as John Milton Might Have Written It)," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 26

"Effet De Nuit," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 27

Enforcing Traditions, published short story, typed undated

Box 1, Folder 28

"Extravaganza: Dedicated to Connie," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 29

"Helene: A Ghazel," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 30

Untitled, unpublished poetry undated

Scope and Contents

Poem begins with the line: "Here in my dim and dusty room"
Box 1, Folder 31

"How Mela Outwitted Safra, the Favorite Wife of Witiza," unpublished manuscript, typed 22 March 1922

Box 1, Folder 32

Undated, unpublished poetry undated

Scope and Contents

Peom begins with the line: "I am Austral." It is written on the back of an envelope and the envelope has a postage mark dated 14 Dec 1920.
Box 1, Folder 33

"In Babylon, A Rondeau," unpublished poetry 23 May 1921

Box 1, Folder 34

Untitled, unpublished poetry undated

Scope and Contents

Poem begins with the line: "In Sherwood."
Box 1, Folder 35

"Israel," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 36

"Longing," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 37

"Love-Song," unpublished poetry 26 September 1922

Box 1, Folder 38

"Love, to Miss Burnett," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 39

"Luckless Stan," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 40

"Lunaria," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 41

"Marion," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 42

Untitled, unpublished poetry undated

Scope and Contents

Untitled poem begins with the line: "Marion's So Very Sweet"
Box 1, Folder 43

"Mediocrity," unpublished manuscript, handwritten 15 March 1922

Box 1, Folder 44

"Mostly St. John," unpublished manuscript, typed 8 May 1922

Box 1, Folder 45

"Musa: A Temple Story," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 46

"Nameless," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 47

"Neptune," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 48

"Ode to Opium-A Pindau," unpublished poetry March 1921

Box 1, Folder 49

"Pensees de Nuit," unpublished poetry April 1921

Box 1, Folder 50

"Restless Al," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 51

"Roland (An Anatole Series)," unpublished manuscript, handwritten 3 May 1922

Box 1, Folder 52

"Semiramis," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 53

"Scene 1," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 54

"Sonnet," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 55

"Sonnet to Claire Adams," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 56

"Tales of the Cynics: The Sparrows Tale," unpublished manuscript, typed 3 January 1921

Box 1, Folder 57

"The Caliph," unpublished poetry September 1922

Box 1, Folder 58

"The Characters of Browning," unpublished manuscript, handwritten undated

Box 1, Folder 59

"The Coconut Slump," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 60

"The Dark Haired Beauty Whom I See in Laboratory, Whose Name I Do Not Know, But Hope to Find Out," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 61

"The Hostess' Song," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 62

"The Mountain of Madness," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 63

"The Old Shakespeare to Some Flame of his Youth," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 64

"The Swamp," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 65

"The Tale of a Crocodile," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 66

"The Wheel," unpublished manuscript, typed undated

Box 1, Folder 67

"To Connie," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 68

"To Edith: A Villanelle," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 69

"Triolet," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 70

"Two Sunsets," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 71

"S_____ - Villanelle," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 72

Untitled, unpublished poetry undated

Scope and Contents

Poem begins with line: "What is the good in a name?"
Box 1, Folder 73

"Yacinth A Kit'Ah," unpublished poetry undated

Box 1, Folder 74

Untitled, unpublished poetry undated

Scope and Contents

Poem begins with line: "You wind that whistles dustily"
 

Series 2. Publications 1921-2002, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains biographical information, interviews related to Stanley G. Weinbaum, and magazines with some of Weinbaum's published works.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged in chronological order.
Box 2, Folder 1

The Wisconsin Literary Magazine April 1921

Scope and Contents

Facsimile. Vol XX, No 7. Contents include "The Adventures of Gaucelm" by I. M. Ramsdell, "Lunaria" by Stanley Weinbum, and "A Cup of Coffee" by Walter K. Schwinn.
Box 2, Folder 2

Fantasy Magazine 1936

Scope and Contents

Vol 6, No 1. "This issue respectfully dedicated to the memory of Stanley G. Weinbaum."
Box 2, Folder 3

Lens for the Future: An Exhibition from the David C. Paskow Science Fiction Collection at the Temple University Library 1980

Box 2, Folder 4

Lunaria and Other Poems 1988

Scope and Contents

Published by The Strange Company
Box 2, Folder 5

Remembering Stanley G. Weinbaum: An Interview with Margaret Weinbaum Kay by Eric Leif Davin 1988

Box 2, Folder 6

Fantasy Commentator 1988

Scope and Contents

Vol VI, No 2. Standard Issue with notes related to Mr. Weinbaum.
Box 2, Folder 7

Fantasy Commentator: Weinbaum Memorial Issue 1991

Scope and Contents

Vol VII, No 2
Box 2, Folder 8

Expanse 1994

Scope and Contents

Volume 2, includes A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum with art by Allen Koszowski.
Box 2, Folder 9

Fantasy Commentator, Moskowitz Memorial Issue 1997

Scope and Contents

Vol IX, No 2
Box 2, Folder 10

Parallax Second Tales 2002

Scope and Contents

Vol 1, No 1. Includes "The Kings Watch" by Stanley G. Weinbaum.
Box 2, Folder 11

"Dawn of Fame: The Career of Stanley G. Weinbaum" undated

Scope and Contents

Facsimile with marginalia
 

Series 3. Correspondence 1962-2003

Series Scope and Contents

The series consists of three bound volumes of correspondence written to Margaret Hawtof Kay related to the management of Weinbaum's estate and literary works. Also included in the volumes are some articles and drafts of legal documents related to the correspondence.

Series Arrangement

The series is arranged in bound volumes according to their original order.
Box 2, Folder 12

Correspondence re Stanley G. Weinbaum, Vol. 1 1993-1995

Box 2, Folder 13

Correspondence re Stanley G. Weinbaum, Vol. 2 1962-1993

Box 2, Folder 14

Correspondence re Stanley G. Weinbaum, Vol. 3 1995-2003