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Eastern Science Fiction Association Records

An description of its records at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LMD
Date: 24 Mar 2010

Biographical History

The Eastern Science Fiction Association (ESFA) was a long-running science fiction fan group in Newark, New Jersey. It was founded in the mid-1940s by the influential fan and fandom historian, Sam Moskowitz, who remained the group's director into the late 1970s.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Eastern Science Fiction Association Records contain meeting minutes from the club's monthly meetings spanning 1968 to 1977, taken by the group's secretary, Allan Howard. The collection also includes some official correspondence by the ESFA and fliers advertising the group's annual "open meetings." The group generally discussed new science fiction works, arranged for scholarly or scientific lectures, and occasionally hosted famous authors, including Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov.

The collection also includes one early newsletter, The ESFA Reporter, published in December 1947.

Arrangement of the Collection

Items are in chronological order.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has the papers of a number of science fiction authors and organizations, including the related Science Fiction Fanzines and Ephemera collection; please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing. In addition, numerous science fiction books, pamphlets, serials and other items are cataloged in the Rare Books Collection; please be sure to search the Classic Catalog for these related materials.

Subject Headings


Howard, Allan.
Moskowitz, Sam.

Corporate Bodies

Eastern Science Fiction Association


Science fiction -- Societies, etc.


Newark (N.J.). -- History.

Genres and Forms

Fliers (printed matter)
Minutes (administrative records)


Science fiction fans.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Eastern Science Fiction Association Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Allan Howard.

Table of Contents

Association Records