Eaton Fanzine Collection

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The Eaton Fanzine Collection, numbering more than 100,000 issues, grew out of the collections of four prominent fans: Terry Carr, Fred Patten, Bruce Pelz, and Rick Sneary. Other fans have also donated to this growing collection, including Richard Brown, Marty Cantor, Mike Glyer, William Haskell and David Langford. It is housed in the Special Collections Department of the University of California, Riverside Libraries, located on the fourth floor of the Tomás Rivera Library.


In 1969, UC Riverside became the first academic institution to develop a dedicated science fiction and fantasy collection for the purposes of research and education. Since then, the Eaton Collection has grown to become an extraordinarily comprehensive, deep-rooted, rich collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and related genres in the literature of the fantastic.

J. Lloyd Eaton (1920-1968) was born in Berkeley, California. He attended UC Berkeley and the UC Medical School (now UC San Francisco) and practiced medicine in the Bay Area until he retired in 1960. An avid book collector and one of the pioneering science fiction fans in the region, Eaton was personally acquainted with such writers as Anthony Boucher, Ray Bradbury, and Robert A. Heinlein. Eaton maintained an extensive card file in which he made critical comments and personally evaluated his collection. This file is available to researchers today.

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