University of California, Riverside

Eaton Collection at UC Riverside

About the Collection and How to Use It

The Unique Material that Makes Up the Eaton Collection

The Eaton Collection is an extraordinarily large, deep, and rich collection of science fiction and fantasy literature, consisting of over 300,000 items. The collection begins with the 1517 edition of Thomas More's Utopia and includes first editions of many seminal works including Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) and H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (1895)

Manuscripts, Studies and Ephemera

The collection also includes more than 50,000 science fiction-themed comic books as well as the most expansive collection of scholarly studies on science fiction and fantasy in the United States

Book cover of Pigs & Eagles Sci-Fi book covers
  • Personal Papers
    The Eaton Collections holds the personal papers of dozens of prominent science fiction writers, artists, and fans.
  • Fanzine and Comic Book Collections
    The Eaton Collection holds the largest collection of fanzines at a public institution. There are over 75,000 fanzines,  with fans continuing to donate to its holdings weekly.
  • Manuscript Collections
    The Eaton Collection contains many manuscript collections that include programs, publications, television scripts, newsletters, ephemera, and other collectibles.

Find a book or publication

The collection may be searched online by using the library's online catalog, SCOTTY.

How to Access the Eaton Collection

The Eaton Collection is located in the UCR Library's Special Collections & University Archives on the fourth floor of Tomás Rivera Library. Current hours can be found here.

All researchers need to register in the Special Collections Request System. To avoid delays, researchers are advised to request materials at least 24 hours in advance of their visit.

The collection may be searched online by using the library's online catalog, SCOTTY. You can limit your search to Eaton's holdings by choosing "Eaton Science Fiction Collection" on the drop-down menu.

Using the Collection

These policies ensure the preservation and security of materials from the Eaton Collection.

  • Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Special Collections & University Archives reading room.
  • No food, drink, or gum.
  • A valid photo ID is required
  • Personal items (bags, purses, hats, jackets, etc.) must be stored in a locker.
  • Pencils only in the reading room.
  • Devices such as laptops, tablets, cameras, and cell phones (silenced) are allowed.

For more information, please visit the Special Collections & University Archives "Policies" web page.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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