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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Catherine Clark papers
    Date (inclusive): 1976-2014, undated
    Collection Number: MS 384
    Creator: Clark, Catherine
    Extent: 5 linear feet (7 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence; printed material such as postcards, brochures, fliers, posters, etc; trading cards; action figures; collectibles; fandom materials; and other ephemeral items. Correspondence primarily includes letters from Soviet citizen and science fiction fan Igor A. Toloconnicov. Clark and Toloconnicov were in correspondence with each other and regularly traded science fiction publications over the course of several years. Select materials regarding VolgaCon '91 are also included.
    Languages: The collection is in English and Russian.


    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]. Catherine Clark papers (MS 384). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Catherine Clark, numerous donations between 2011 and 2017.

    Processing History

    Processed by Andrew Lippert, Special Collections Processing Archivist, 2019 and 2022. This collection was recreated based on determinable provenance according to deeds of gift and donation records. Donated materials from Catherine Clark had previously been distributed to several different collections (MS 222, MS 314, MS 384, and cataloged materials in the stacks). As these materials were identified, the Catherine Clark papers were recreated to bring all materials of Clark's provenance into a single colletion, per archival best practices.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    The Catherine Clark papers are composed of a wide range of materials that include correspondence, ephemera (such as clippings, postcards, fliers, brochures, posters, bookmarks, advertisements, etc), photographs, memorabilia and collectible materials, and other objects and materials related to TV franchises, movies, and media properties. These are broadly within the speculative fiction, science fiction, and fantasy genres.
    This collection also contains correspondence, publications, and other material regarding Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Soviet Union between 1989 and 1993. Primarily this is comprised of correspondence between Catherine Clark and Igor A. Toloconnicov. Clark and Toloconnicov corresponded for several years and regularly traded science fiction publications and other materials over the course of several years. Select material from VolgaCon '91, organized by Toloconnicov, are also included. Some of Toloconnicov's correspondence pertains to the turmoil of day to day living during the transition from the Soviet system.

    Collection Arrangement

    The collection is arranged topically and by format.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Science fiction
    Science fiction fans
    Science fiction, Russian
    Star trek
    Soviet Union--History--Attempted coup, 1991

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Action figures
    Toys (recreational artifacts)
    Fliers (printed matter)