Scope and Content
Title: Sanford Aday Collection
Identifier/Call Number: csf.1997.001
Special Collections Research Center, California State University, Fresno
Language of Material:
1.25 Linear feet
The collection was donated by Sanford Aday.
The collection is open for research.
Sanford Aday Collection, Special Collections Research Center, California State University, Fresno.
Sanford E. Aday, originally from Venice, California, established his home in Fresno, California, where he published numerous
books from his location on Belmont Avenue. Aday became interested in writing while in high school. He wanted to pursue a career
as a full-time writer but was unable to support himself through writing. He held various jobs while working on his novels.
Aday reportedly wrote ten novels but only two were published,
Amber Dust and
Sanford Aday began his career as a publisher presumably in 1955 (this is the earliest publication date in the collection).
He published under three imprints: Fabian Books, Saber Books and Vega Books. Aday published books that were often deemed "obscene"
in the 1950s. He was often under attack and vigorously fought against censorship. He faced several charges in Hawaii, Arizona
and Fresno. He was eventually tried and convicted along with associate Wallace de Ortega Maxey for shipping an obscene book
into Michigan in 1963. He was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison and fined $25,000.
Sex Life of a Cop by Oscar Peck (1959) was the only book of seven deemed obscene by the jury. Although the United States Constitution protects
the right of an individual to freely publish and distribute material, it prohibits the circulation of obscene material through
Scope and Content
The Sanford Aday Collection measures 1.25 linear feet and dates from 1952 to 1965. The collection is arranged in three series:
Written by Aday, Published by Aday and Related material.
Written by Aday series (1952-1953) includes both of Aday's novels,
Amber Dust, published in 1952 and
Satan's Harvest,published in 1953. The novels are in their original dust jackets.
The inside cover of
Amber Dust reads "Tigre Niort, a novelist, inspired by a girl who knew all the answers but the one she wanted him to get, comes face
to face with the most powerful man of the state and has to challenge him for his life." Aday's second novel,
Satan's Harvest, explores " life and love along the Mexican border," (Box 1, Related material, Newspaper clippings, book review, undated).
Aday worked hard to ensure that his novel was accurate and true to life. He discarded his original version of
Satan's Harvest after researching Mexican customs and the people who lived along the border of Mexico and United States.
Published by Aday series (1955-1965) includes three imprints: Fabian books, Saber Books, and Vega Books. The series is arranged according to
imprint and then alphabetically by author and title.
Most of the material on Sanford Aday himself can be found in the
Related material series (1958-1963). The series includes newspaper clippings on Aday's fight against censorship. A brief article which is undated
and does not list a source of publication, gives some background information on Aday. The series also includes three issues
of the magazine,
Sex and Censorship, which then became
Candida. The magazines contain articles on censorship, Aday and his legal case, and his lawyer.