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J. Lloyd Eaton papers
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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: J. Lloyd Eaton papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1915-2007
    Date (bulk): 1946-1970
    Collection Number: MS 205
    Creator: Eaton, J. Lloyd
    Extent: 11.5 linear feet (20 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, notes, and other material from J. Lloyd Eaton, a physician and book collector whose collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror publications formed the foundation of the Eaton Science Fiction & Fantasy Collection at UC Riverside. Included in his papers are the index card catalogs Eaton kept documenting his collection, which include his notes on many of the 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]. J. Lloyd Eaton papers (MS 205). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased in 1969.

    Processing History

    The collection was processed by Serena Rodholm, Student Processing Assistant, 2017.
    Processing of the J. Lloyd Eaton papers 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

    J. Lloyd Eaton was born in Berkeley, CA in 1902. He attended UC Berkeley, then UC Medical School, receiving his MD degree in 1928. His specialty was pulmonology (diseases of the lungs). Eaton practiced medicine in the Bay Area until his retirement in 1960. During his life he was an avid book collector, and one of the pioneering SF fans in Northern California. Eaton was personally acquainted with such writers as Anthony Boucher, Ray Bradbury and Robert A. Heinlein, and edited the fanzine Rhodomagnetic Digest.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    This collection contains materials from J. Lloyd Eaton related to his interest in collecting and reviewing science fiction, fantasy, and horror books. Items in the collection include correspondence between Eaton and various book dealers and collectors, ratings Eaton created of various stories and science fiction works, and an interview on Eaton with his wife Gladys Eaton. The collection also includes Eaton's original index card files documenting his book collection, with his comments and notes on many of the titles.

    Collection Arrangement

    The collection is divided into two series as follows:
    • Series 1. Personal materials, circa 1915-2007
    • Series 2. Collection card catalog, circa 1968

    Indexing Terms

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


    Book collectors
    Fantasy fiction
    Science fiction

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Card catalogs