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The Otto Binder Collection - Fully Processed

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Biographical Note

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Collection Overview

Title: The Otto Binder Collection - Fully Processed, 1927-1971Add to your cart.

ID: 00/

Creator: Binder, Otto (1911-1974)

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

This collection is organized into 3 series:

Series 1.Manuscripts and related material, Apr.1936-Mar.1971.

Series 2. General and family correspondence, 1929-Nov.1952.

Series 3. Professional correspondence, Jan.1927-1970.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The archive consists of typescripts of 8 novels and 18 short stories, including: Memoirs of a Nobody, Get Off My World, Secret of the Saucers, The Mind from Outer Space, Adam Link-Robot, The Secret of the Red Spot , The Mighty Ones, and The Double Man---most of these with author's corrections and accompanying carbons. Among short story typescripts are "No More BEMs [Bug-Eyed Monsters]", "Prison Moon", "Forfeit", "The Perfect Escape", "Giants of Anarchy", The Chained Galaxy, "Minus Man", The Timeless Trap, "The Second Life", "When Superminds Clash", Where Eternity Ends, "Jovian Journey" and "The Immortal Twelve." Most are corrected, with carbons and, in some cases, tearsheets from the magazines in which the stories initially appeared, corrected and with continuation sheets for expansion into full-length books. In addition, there are close to 300 business and personal letters, photographs and postcards, and other files including broadcasting projects, non-fiction articles, letters and critiques from literary agents and publishers, material on Space World, and several folders of unfinished manuscripts. Unusual "picture cards" featuring text and photographs on postcards are included.

Excluding duplicate carbons, letters, etc., there are ca. 2,300 pp of typescript, ca. 575,000 words. Mostly 11 x 8-1/2 inches. Many of Binder’s letters are on letters received or on the backs of manuscript or script fragments.

Binder bequeathed this material to Sam Moskowitz, from whose estate it was obtained.

SUMMARY: (Excluding duplicate carbons, correspondence, etc.) 8 Novels, 18 Short stories, Ca. 2,300 pages of typescript, Ca. 575,000 words.

Biographical Note

Otto Oscar Binder (1911-1974) began writing science fiction with his brother Earl under the pen name Eando Binder and was first published in 1932 He kept the name Eando after Earl retired from writing in 1936. By 1935 they had produced 450,000 words, and by 1938, according to S-F authority Sam Moskowitz,"Eando Binder had become one of the three most popular writers in the field." His popularity reached its height with his introduction of Adam Link, a very different robot conceptualization. Binder had a talent for plotting, and was credited with being one of the more imaginative writers of the period. He largely left the S-F field in the 1940s to write continuities for the Captain Marvel comic book series, which he did for 17 years. He made a brief and largely unsuccessful attempt to return to science fiction writing in the early 1950s. His last science fiction appearance was Mankind: Child of the Stars, with Max Hugh Flindt. Binder also wrote more than 300 nonfiction articles, and wrote extensively on unidentified flying objects.

Otto Binder also wrote under the names John Coleridge, Dean D. O’Brien, Gordon A. Giles, Ione (or Ian) Frances Turek, and may have written under the house name Will Garth. He was editor of two space magazines, Space World, and Jets and Rockets.

There are several sources available about Otto Binder, including:

    * Clute, John. The Science Fiction Encyclopedia (St. Martin’s, 1993), p. 121-122.

    * Reginald, R. Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, A Checklist 1700-1974, with Contemporary Science Fiction Authors II. Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1979. Volume 2, p. 817-818.

    * Ash, Brian. The Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: Harmony, 1977, pp. 133.

    * Obituary, New York Times, October 19, 1974., p. 34

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: No restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Physical Access Note: No restrictions.

Technical Access Note: No restrictions.

Acquisition Source: Received from Sam Moskowitz.

Other Note: Fully Processed


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Series 2: General and Family Correspondence, 1929 - November 1952Add to your cart.
Approximately 300 items, ca. 1932-53, a few later. Personal correspondence (including copies of very interesting letters from Otto's brother, Earl), family communications, a series of ca. 60 post cards, of more than normal interest, dating from the 1930s, and other memorabilia, including some tiny photographs pasted on cards and letters.Professional correspondence, evidently selected by Binder for preservation as being of particular significance: letters from editors, fellow writers, fans, and others.
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Pictures and postcards, 1934-1935.

Photographs, unidentified, undated.

VFW Drawing Voucher Card, Dues Reminder, American Fiction Guild, 26 September 1934.

Postcard, American Fiction Guild, 5 October 1934.

Postcard, American Fiction Guild to Otto Binder, 18 October 1934.

Postcard, Earl Perry to E and O Binder, 9 November 1934.

Postcard, "Jackhale," signed "Clif."26 August 1935 Postcard, Clift to Otto Binder, 24 December 1935.

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Postcards, 1936.

Postcard, "Fooey Ong Clump" to Otto Binder, 9 November 1936

Postcard, "Fooey Ong the Great" to Otto Binder, 23 November 1936

Postcard, Jacquesx Darreauxx to Otto Binder, 21 January 1936

Postcard, Willis Conover to Otto Binder, 24 December 1936

Letter, Katherine Konderson to Otto Binder, 4 leaves in one, 27 December 1936

Postcard, "Fooey Ong" to Otto Binder, 7 December 1936

Postcard, F. O. D. (Device, centipede) to Otto Binder, 15 March 1936

Postcard, "Cliftwerspil" to Otto Binder, 4 March 1936

Postcard, Clif to Otto Binder, 13 March 1936

Postcard, Clift to Otto Binder, 20 April 1936

Postcard, "Cliftwitil" to Otto Binder, 29, April 1936

Postcard, Kliph to Otto Binder, 25 May 1936

Postcard, Len West to Otto Binder 24 June 1936

Postcard, Julie (Fantasy Magazine) to Otto Binder, 25 June 1936

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder10 July 1936

Postcard, Clif (K-L-I-P-H) to Otto Binder, 2 July 1936

Postcard, Kliph to Otto Binder, 6 July 1936

Postcard, X. Blank (Device, centipede) to Otto Binder, 21 August 1936

Postcard, Kliph to Otto Binder, 25 August 1936

Postcard, X. Blank (Device, centipede) to Otto Binder, 25 August 1936

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder Postcard, Klif to Otto Binder

Postcard, X. Blank (Device, centipede) to Otto Binder

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Postcards, 1937.

Letter, Katherine to Otto Binder, with Minneapolis clipping laid in. 4 leaves in one, 5 January 1937

Postcard, Willis Conover to Otto Binder, noting Binder’s latest in WT (quite good), 1 February 1937

Letter, Katherine Konderson to Otto Binder, 8 leaves, with laid-in receipt, 6 February 1937

Postcard, Klif to Otto Binder, 3 March 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 5 April 1937

Picture card, KCK, 10 April 1937

Picture Card, KCK, unidentified, 19 April 1937

Picture Card, KCK, unidentified, 24 April 1937

Postcard, "Bill" to Otto Binder, 25 April 1937

Picture Card, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 28 April 1937.

No. 1 Picture Card, unidentified, , KCK to Otto Binder, 29 April 1937

Picture Card, unidentified, , KCK to Otto Binder, 1 May 1937

Picture Card, KCK to Otto Binder, 3 May 1937

Picture Card, unidentified, , KCK to Otto Binder, 4 May 1937

Picture Card, KCK to Otto Binder, 6 May 1937

Picture Card, KCK to Otto Binder, unidentified, 7 May 1937

Picture Card, unidentified, KCK to Otto Binder, 10 May 1937

Picture Card, unidentified, , KCK to Otto Binder, 12 May 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder16 May 1937

Postcard, Rich Framk to Otto Binder, 19 May 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 31 May 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 7 June 1937

Letter, Katherine to Otto Binder, 5 leaves., 11 June 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 6 June 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder13 June 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 13 June 1937

Postcard, Tress to Otto Binder, 2 August 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 16 August 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 20 August 1937

Postcard, John D.Clark to Otto Binder, 22 August 1937

Postcard, KCK Klifford Charles Kornoeljl to Otto Binder, 31 August 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 7 September 1937.

No. 1 Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 7 September 1937.

No. 2 Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 7 September 1937.

No. 3 Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 7 September 1937.

No. 4 Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 19 October 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 22 November 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 25 October 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 3 November 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 8 November 1937

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 9 December 1937

Postcard, KCK to Otto Binder, 14 December 1937

Postcard, KCK to Otto Binder, 20 December 1937

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Postcards, 1938, 1951.

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 18 January 1938.

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 25 January 1938

Postcard, Mark Runsberg to Otto Binder, 21 February 1938

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 14 April 1938

Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 21 April 1938 Postcard, KCK (Kliph) to Otto Binder, 11 May 1938

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Correspondence Oct.1936-Mar. 11, 1937,undated.

Letter, The Queen to Otto Binder, 2 leaves, Undated.

Letter, The Queen to Otto Binder, 3 leaves, Undated.

Letter, Eleanor to Otto Binder, 1 leaf, Undated

Postcard, Queen E. Stierheur to Otto Binder, 10 December 1936

Postcard, Madame XYX to Otto Binder, Part 1, 29 November 1936

Postcard, Eleanor to Otto Binder, 2, October 1936

Postcard, Eleanor to Otto Binder, October 1936

Postcard, Eleanor Stierheur to Otto Binder, 7 December 1936

Postcard, Eleanor Stierheur to Otto Binder, 4 December 1936

Postcard, Eleanor Stierheur, to Otto Binder, December 1936

Postcard, Eleanor Stierheur, to Otto Binder, 8 December 1936

Letter, Eleanor Stierheur, to Otto Binder, 4 leaves, 30 October 1936

Postcard, Eleanor Stierheur, to Otto Binder, 3 December 1936

Postcard, Eleanor Stierheur, to Otto Binder, 11 December 1936

Postcard, Eleanor Stierheur, to Otto Binder, Chapter One, 11 March 1937

Postcard, Eleanor Stierheur, to Otto Binder, Chapter Two ,11 March 1937

Letter, Eleanor Stierheur, to Otto Binder, 9 leaves, 25 December

Letter, Eleanor Stierheur, to Otto Binder, 1 leaf, 25 December

Letter, Ruth to Otto Binder, 2 leaves, Undated

Letter, Tessie to Otto Binder, 4 leaves, 18 October 1937

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Miscellaneous undated.  A list of the Hundred Best Books for a Liberal Education, Undated Significant Books and Authors to Read, Undated Constitutional Ballot, 1929, unidentified group, Undated.
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Correspondence, Katherine Konderson, undated.

Letter, Katherine Konderson, to Otto Binder, 30 March 1937

Letter, Katherine Konderson, to Otto Binder, 28 April 1937

Letter, Katherine Konderson, to Otto Binder, 2 August 1937

Letter, Katherine Konderson, to Otto Binder, notes the popularity of his story, "Conquest of Life," in Thrilling Wonder Stories, and his pen name, "Giles," 29 October 1937

Letter, Katherine Konderson, to Otto Binder, 12 December 1937

Letter, Katherine Konderson, to Otto Binder, 27 February 1938

Letter, Otto Binder to Katherine Konderson, February 1938

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Correspondence and Miscellaneous, June 1936-Nov. 1952, undated.

Book Publishers (List, with addresses), Undated Binder Application letter, editorial position, Undated

Rich ( Richard Frank) to Otto Binder, with hand lists of stories on verso, labeled "Colab,""E," and "O.", 23 June 1936

Len (West) to Otto Binder, 3 leaves, 7 October 1939

Eleanor to Otto Binder, Undated

"Square Yourself Club" to Otto Binder, Undated

"Eando" to Sam (Moskowitz), recommending he consider Jack Binder as an artist for his new magazine, 9 October 1952

Address list, Magazines, Undated

Sam Moskowitz to Otto Binder, with reply typed on original, noting payment of $101.25 for the story "The Time Capsule." Otto notes it is the first sale since 1942, with one exception, 12 November 1952 "Eando" to Sam Moskowitz, thanking him for his critique of a submission, and submitting another story, 18 October 1952

Earl to Otto Binder, on "Ripley! The Jovian Journey," a submission to Palmer, and inquiring about "The Valley of Ancients," a submission to Argosy.12 May 1938

Earl to Otto Binder, 2 leaves, notes on the magazine publishing situation, especially at "Z. D." with Palmer, 20 August 1938

Earl to Otto Binder, with suggestions on future submissions to Palmer.20 October 1938

Earl to Otto Binder, suggesting more stories, including a longer submission.2 November 1938

Earl to Otto Binder, noting Otto is a favorite at "Z. D.," requesting a story for "Fantastic," and noting the popularity of the "Adam Link" stories, May 1939

Earl to Otto Binder, 2 June 1939

Earl to Otto Binder, brief comments on submissions and "Marvel" magazine, 17 June 1938

Earl to Otto Binder, noting "an amazing shortage of material," and an admonition to "send him all you can," 1 July 1939

Earl to Otto Binder,"It is obvious that as second World War is coming," with comments on the state of the country, 2 October 1939

Earl to Otto Binder, 20 October 1939

Earl to Otto Binder, on the coming war, canceling an agent agreement between them, 6 November 1939

Earl to Otto Binder, noting his enjoyment of "The Little People," 4 January 1940

Earl to Otto Binder, 8 February 1940

Earl to Otto Binder, 5 March 1940

Resume card, Otto Binder,

Undated Otto Binder ( "Eando") to Sam (Moskowitz), submitting "Prison Moon," noting his writing plans, and describing "writing science-fiction for the comics," 4 October 1952


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