J. Lloyd Eaton papers

Finding aid prepared by Serena Rodholm, Student Processing Assistant.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
Phone: 951-827-3233
Fax: 951-827-4673
Email: specialcollections@ucr.edu
URL: http://library.ucr.edu/libraries/special-collections-university-archives
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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

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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


Series 1. Personal materials circa 1915-2007

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains materials related to Eaton's interest in collecting and reviewing science fiction, fantasy, and horror books. Items in the series include correspondence between Eaton and various book dealers and collectors, ratings Eaton created of various stories and science fiction works, a photograph of Eaton, a Delineascope slide projector, and an interview on Eaton with his wife Gladys Eaton.

Series Arrangement

The series is arranged topically.
Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence from Andre Norton 1956

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence from Brad Day 1953

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence from Donald M. Grant 1952

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence from F. and S.F. Book Company 1952-1966

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence from Fred Brown 1949-1961

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence from G. Ken Chapman 1949-1956

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence from Henry M. Eichner 1963-1965

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence from John C. Nithka 1965-1968

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence from Louis E. Lambert 1965

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence from Melvin Korshak 1949

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence from J. Lloyd Eaton to Melvin Korshak 1946-1949

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence from Norman Syms 1952

Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence from O.S. McFarland 1954

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence from J. Lloyd Eaton to Stuart A. Teitler 1967-1968

Box 1, Folder 15

Correspondence from Elizabeth Weeks to Stuart A. Teitler 1970

Box 1, Folder 16

Correspondence from ThyrilL. Ladd 1950-1954

Box 20

Delineascope Slide Projector circa 1915

Box 1, Folder 17

Eaton's History of San Francisco Science Fiction Club undated

Box 1, Folder 18

Interview with Gladys Eaton (DVD) 2007

Box 1, Folder 19

Portrait 1960

Box 1, Folder 20

Ratings - Anthologies and Lost Race Novels undated

Box 1, Folder 21

Ratings - Best Science Fiction and Fantastic Literature undated


Series 2. Collection card catalog circa 1968

Series Scope and Contents

The series consists of index cards listing the novels originally donated to the University of California, Riverside's Special Collections Department from J. Lloyd Eaton, organized by both title and author. Certain cards also have handwritten comments from Eaton.

Series Arrangement

The series is arranged alphabetically by title, then author following Eaton's original order.
Box 2

Title A-Ca circa 1968

Box 3

Title Ce-Dr circa 1968

Box 4

Title E-Gr circa 1968

Box 5

Title H-Le circa 1968

Box 6

Title Lo-Mu circa 1968

Box 7

Title N-Q circa 1968

Box 8

Title T-Ve circa 1968

Box 9

Title R-Str circa 1968

Box 10

Title W-Z, Journals circa 1968

Box 11

Author A-Bo circa 1968

Box 12

Author Br-Cr circa 1968

Box 13

Author D-Fo circa 1968

Box 14

Author G-Hu circa 1968

Box 15

Author I-Lo circa 1968

Box 16

Author Mc-O circa 1968

Box 17

Author P-Si circa 1968

Box 18

Author Sm-W circa 1968

Box 19

Author We-Z, Editors circa 1968