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Dick (Philip K.) (Collection on)
MS 199  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection on Philip K. Dick
    Date (inclusive): 1952-1992, undated
    Collection Number: MS 199
    Extent: 2.25 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: The Collection on Philip K. Dick consists of press clippings, publications, short stories and manuscripts regarding Philip K. Dick, an American novelist who has published almost entirely in the science fiction genre. His works have been published in numerous literary magazines, such as Galaxy, Amazing Stories, and Fantasy and Science Fiction. The collection also consists of newsletters from the Philip K. Dick Society, and photographs and press booklets from the film Blade Runner.
    Languages: The collection is in English, French, and German.


    The 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]. Collection on Philip K. Dick (MS 199). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Thomas Loock, 1997.

    Processing History

    The collection was processed by Julianna Gil in 2017.
    Processing of the Collection on Philip K. Dick 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 Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

    Biographical Note

    Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 16, 1928 to Dorothy Kindred Dick and Joseph Edgar Dick, along with his twin sister, Jane. He and his parents moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, then moved back to Washington with his mother. In June 1938, Philip and his mother returned to California, where he began to find interest in science fiction literature. Dick was married five times, beginning with Jeanette Marlin in 1948, to Leslie (Tessa) Busby from 1973 to 1977. He had also three children (Laura, Isolde, and Christopher) with his last three wives. Philip Dick wrote one hundred and twenty-one short stories and published most of them to literary magazines, such as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction , Worlds of Tomorrow, and Amazing Science Fiction . He also published forty-four novels, including The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick’s work has been adapted to numerous films and television shows, such as The Man in the High Castle on AmazonVideo, Blade Runner, and Total Recall. Dick passed away on March 2, 1982 in Santa Ana, California. A year after his death, the Philip K. Dick Award for science fiction writing was inaugurated.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    This collection contains press clippings, publications, and other items related to Philip K. Dick, an American novelist who has published almost entirely in the science fiction genre. Materials in the collection include photocopied short stories, books and magazines, manuscripts, comic books, photographs, correspondence, and a full run of the Philip K. Dick Society newsletter.

    Collection Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into seven series as follows:
    • Series 1. Essays and Short Stories, 1952-1976
    • Series 2. Magazines and Newspapers, 1972-1976
    • Series 3. Manuscripts, 1964-1980; undated
    • Series 4. Translated Stories, 1976.
    • Series 5. Philip K. Dick Society, 1983-1992; undated
    • Series 6. Correspondence, 1976-1978
    • Series 7. Publicity, 1988; undated

    Indexing Terms

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


    Dick, Philip K.
    Science fiction.
    Philip K. Dick Society
    Science-fiction writers.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Clippings (information artifacts).
    Short stories.