This collection contains correspondence, email, fliers, articles, stories, business cards, and other material on Fred Patten, who is a historian of science fiction, manga, anime, and furry fandom. Mostly contains correspondence and exchanges which he had with others.
Patten, a lifetime fan and collector of science fiction, donated to UC Riverside almost 900 boxes of comic books, records, tapes, anime and other memorabilia for incorporation into the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2007. At the time, the total extent of the Patten gift was estimated at 82,000 items, making it one of the biggest single collections gifted to the University Library in its history. Additional materials have been donated by Mr. Patten and his heirs subsequently.
The Fred Patten Papers document his activities as a collector and a member of science fiction fandom.