Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A & M University

Inventory of the Isaac Asimov Collection:

1957-1992.



Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator Asimov, Isaac
Title Inventory of the Isaac Asimov Collection:
Dates 1957-1992.
Abstract An assortment of manuscripts and correspondence of Isaac Asimov, including short stories, novels, non-fiction and correspondence with publishers.
Identification SCI-FI MSS 00175
Extent 1.5 linear ft.
Language English.
Repository Cushing Memorial Library College Station, TX 77843-5000

Biographical Note

Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia in 1920, emigrated to the United States with his family in 1923, and resided in New York for the remainder of his life. He attended Columbia University, attaining a B. S. in Chemistry in 1939, followed by an M. A. and a Ph. D. While in college, he published his first profession story, "Marooned of Vesta," in Amazing Stories in 1939. Asimov served in World War II, and returned to teach in the Boston University School of Medicine.

Asimov attained his greatest success with his "Foundation" series, published in book form as Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. This future history of a galactic empire was avidly followed by science fiction fans as it was published, and continues to be popular within the science fiction community today. His robot stories were equally popular, and introduced his "Three Laws of Robotics," an ethical and moral code to be followed by robots. His fiction was well-crafted and featured both technological realty and believable technological advancement. In addition to positing near-sentient robots, Asimov dealt with the social issues of robotics, and the implications of intelligent machines.

Perhaps as important as his fiction, Asimov was a prolific popularizer of science, writing many nonfiction pieces for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and other sources. He had the gift of both simplifying complex scientific concepts and presenting them in an interesting and accessible way, so the general reader could comprehend and enjoy contemporary science topics. In his day, he was one of the more successful popularizers of science.

Asimov authored over 500 fiction and nonfiction books, many short stories, and extensive science articles.


Scope and Content Note

An assortment of manuscripts and correspondence of Isaac Asimov, including short stories, novels, non-fiction and correspondence with publishers. The segment on the submission of "Stay, Oh Fleeting Moment," a nonfiction piece on time and the subsequent correspondence, internal documentation of Playboy editors and readers, and the rejection of the article provides an informative look at the working of a major magazine.


 

Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 3 series:
Series 1. Manuscripts, September 1957-1981, undated.
Series 2. Correspondence, March 1981-September 1, 1992, undated.
Series 3. Additional Books and Manuscripts, 1964-1987, undated.

Restrictions

Access

No restrictions.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Online Catalog Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of Cushing Memorial Library. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.
Names
Asimov, Isaac
Subjects
Playboy

Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchased from unknown sources.

Processing Information

Processed by Hal Hall in 2005.


Detailed Description of the Collection:

Papers are arranged as received, generally related to item title.

 

Series 1. Manuscripts, September 1957-1981, undated.

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1/10 Asimov, Isaac. Galleys of Change!. Houghton, Mifflin Co. 1981. 71 sheets.
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1/20 Asimov, Isaac. Manuscript of Fact and Fancy. Typed, 269 leaves, with printer's marks.
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1/30 Asimov, Isaac. Reader's set of galleys for Fact and Fancy. August 11, 1961.
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1/40 Asimov, Isaac. Original manuscript of The Unrare Earths published in Fantastic Universe. September 1957. Original manuscript, 7 leaves. The Unrare Earths publisher's galley. 1 leaf.



 

Series 2. Correspondence, March 1981-September 1, 1992, undated.

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2/10 Gulotta, Victor [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY] to Isaac Asimov [New York, NY]. November 13, 1982. TLS, 1 leaf. Attached to: Marketing Questionnaire regarding The Roving Mind. November 9, 1982. Typed responses. Original Envelope.Gulotta, Victor [Auburndale, MA] to Charles Apfelbaum [Valley Stream, NY]. September 1, 1992. TLS, 1 leaf, photocopy.
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2/20 Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. August 29, 1982. TLS, 1 leaf. Attached is original envelope. Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. July 28, 1982. TLS, 1 leaf. Attached is original envelope. Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. July 5, 1981. TLS, 1 leaf. Attached is original envelope.
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2/30 Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. March 30, 1981. TLS, 1 leaf. Attached is original envelope. Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. August 13, 1982. TLS, 1 leaf. Attached is original envelope. Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. April 4, 1981. TLS, 1 leaf. Attached is original envelope.
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2/40 Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. July 10, 1982. TLS, 1 leaf. Attached is original envelope. Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. November 3, 1983. TLS, 1 leaf. Attached is original envelope. Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. March 31, 1983. TLS, 1 leaf. Attached is original envelope.
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2/50 Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. December 22, 1982. TLS, 1 postcard. Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. February 8, 1987. TLS, 1 leaf.Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. February 18, 1987. TLS, 1 leaf.
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2/60 Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. June 29, 1982. TLS, 1 leaf. Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. September 12, 1982. TLS, 1 leaf. Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. January 20, 1983. TLS, 1 leaf.
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2/70 Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. March 18, 1984. TLS, 1 leaf. Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. March 11, 1984. TLS, 1 leaf. Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. September 19, 1986. TLS, 1 leaf.
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2/80 Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. November 26, 1986. TLS, 1 leaf. Asimov, Isaac [New York, NY] to Victor Gulotta [Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY]. October 24, 1986. TLS, 1 leaf.
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2/90 Asimov, Isaac. Original manuscript of The Roving Mind. Typed, 520 leaves, carbon copies, undated.
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2/100 Asimov, Isaac. First Edition of The Roving Mind. Included is original dust jacket, 1983.



 

Series 3. Additional Books and Manuscripts, 1964-1987, undated.

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3/10 Asimov, Isaac. Original manuscript of Past, Present, Future. Typed, 550 leaves, carbon copies, undated.
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3/20 Asimov, Isaac. First Edition of Past, Present, Future. Included is original dust jacket, 1987.
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3/30 Playboy Rejects Asimov. "Stay, Oh Fleeting Moment." Original typescript essay with authorial corrections in ink, with corrected carbon copy and typed letter signed ( "Isaac") to Playboy magazine editor Murray Fisher, together with 13 additional letters to Playboy editors Fisher (6), James Goode (6), and A.C. Spectorsky (2), retained copies of Playboy correspondence, internal memos, and readers' reports. West Newton, Mass: August 22 1962-December 15, 1967. In the early and middle 1960s, Playboy editors repeatedly sought articles on scientific topics from Isaac Asimov, the prolific science and science fiction writer, on subjects including relativity and time travel, robotics, and genetic manipulation. Asimov (1920-1992) wrote "Stay, Oh Fleeting Moment" an 1800-word essay on the effects of time dilation for Playboy in early 1963. The associated correspondence documents the editorial response that led to the piece's rejection. Two further pieces were commissioned in 1964 and 1967. Interesting archive of Asimov material.