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Isaac Asimov letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 508

Scope and Contents

Letters from Asimov to his editor, Walter I. Bradbury, and other members of the editorial staff at Doubleday and Company, Inc., including Betty Shapian, Tim Seldes, Natalie Greenberg, Gretchen Eisner, Laurence P. Ashmead, and Wendy Weil. The letters discuss some personal matters; contract provisions, royalty agreements, and publication rights; and manuscript corrections. They also trace the development and eventual publication of various books, including "Isaac Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science;" "Earth is Room Enough;" "The Naked Sun;" "Asimov's Guide to the Bible;" "Asimov's Mysteries;" "Nightfall and Other Stories;" "The Rest of the Robots;" "Of Time and Space and Other Things;" "View from a Height;" "Science Fiction for Science Students" (not published); "Adding a Dimension;" "Where Do We Go From Here?;" "Fact and Fancy;" and the first two volumes of "The Hugo Winners." Folder 11 contains a contemporary photograph of the Author.


  • 1950-1970


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Biochemist, professor of biochemistry at Boston University Medical School; science and science fiction writer; author of over 400 books.


1 box (14 folders)

Custodial History

Letters were accumulated by Walter I. Bradbury and his staff during their twenty-year period in the course of their business dealing with Isaac Asimov on behalf of Doubleday. These particular files were subsequently sold to dealers and then purchased from them by BYU in 1978 and 1980.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of Isaac Asimov letters
Leslie Evens
2011 October 31
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States