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Inventory of the Philip Kindred Dick Papers, 1967-1977
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Philip Kindred Dick Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1967-1977
    Creator: Dick, Philip Kindred
    Extent: 66 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Purchased from Joseph the Provider, July 1, 1979.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Philip Kindred Dick Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Born on December 16, 1928, in Chicago, science fiction writer Philip Kindred Dick was the author of 35 books and six collections of short stories, most dealing with the nature of reality. Dick received the Hugo Award in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle, a fantasy novel about Hitler winning World War II. His anti-drug novel, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, won the Campbell Memorial Award in 1974. The movie Blade Runner was based on Dick's 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Philip Dick died of heart failure following a stroke, on March 2, 1982.

    Scope and Content

    The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence from Dick to his publisher, Doubleday and Company, concerning the publication of his novels and stories. Also included are one letter by Ursula K. LeGuin and a few letters by Dick's collaborator Roger Zelazny, as well as several letters by others. Literary manuscripts by Dick include the outline and part of a draft of the novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (HM 53576) and a fragment (page 23) of an unidentified novel (HM 53577).
    The papers are in excellent condition. All are originals, except for two xerox copies: Dick's outline for his novel Deus Irae (FAC 1280) and Fred Zackel's plot summary for the novel Cocaine and Blue Eyes (FAC 1281).

    Persons represented by 5 or more pieces

    • Dick, Philip Kindred: 3 literary manuscripts (FAC 1280, HM 53576-53577); and 56 letters.

    Interesting or Important Items

    • Dick, Philip Kindred: a series of 53 letters to Doubleday and Company (1967-1977) concerning the publication of his books and stories. HM 53578-53630.
    • LeGuin, Ursula Kroeber: postcard (1974, February 4) to Philip K. Dick expressing her admiration for his writing. HM 53634.