Archives' Log

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Title: Archives' Log
Publisher: Star Trek Archives (San Francisco, CA)
Editor(s): Judith Aho, Evelyn Aguilar
Type: fiction, articles, newsletter
Date(s): May 1974-?
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
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Archives' Log is a Star Trek: TOS newsletter of the Star Trek Archives, a fan club out of San Francisco. Like some newsletters of that era, earlier issues were published without the required pre-1989 copyright notices, possibly placing the fanzine in the public domain.

covers of issues Vol.2 No.5-6: Vol.2 No.7: Vol.2 No.8: Vol.2 No.9: Vol.3, No.1-2: Vol.3 No.3-4

Issue v.1 n.1

Archives' Log v.1 n.1 was published in May 1974.

Issue v.1 n.2

Archives' Log v.1 n.2 was published in June 1974.

Issue v.1 n.3

Archives' Log v.1 n.3 was published in July 1974. The front cover is by K. Giblin.

  • The Trouble With Trekkies by Art Canfil
  • Helping Star Trek in the Future by Steve Lampen (article)
  • James Doohan Interview (part one) by Steve Lampen
  • Reply to Letter by Katherine Gates (article)
  • What's In a Name? by Steve Lampen (article)

Issue v.1 n.4

Archives' Log v.1 n.4 was published in August 1974. The front cover is by K. Giblin.

  • ed. Evelyn Aguilar,
  • Technical Manual by F.J. Schnaubelt (article)
  • Dream House by Steve Lampen (Very early and rare RPF -- In the story, Shatner, Doohan and Kelley are involved in tense negotiations over whether to appear in the new Star Trek movie. They wake up on the Starship Enterprise in the year 2241. After encountering a Klingon battle cruiser, the terrified actors are more than willing to accept the roles. Reprinted in v.2 n.2/3)
  • The View from Vulcan by (article)
  • The Klingon Language by S. Sarris (article)
  • second part of the James Doohan interview

Issue v.1 n.5

Archives' Log v.1 n.5 was published in September 1974 and contains 9 pages. The front cover is by K. Giblin.

Issue v.1 n.6

Archives' Log v.1 n.6 was published in October 1974 and contains 14 pages. The front cover is by K. Giblin.

cover of v.1 n.6
  • The Capellan Star System by D. Carroll (article)
  • The Klingon Language by S. Sarris (article)

Issue v.1 n.7

Archives' Log v.1 n.7 was published in November 1974 and contains 14 pages. The front cover is by K. Giblin.

  • Farther Jokes by "Korax" (article)
  • Star Trek in Wax by Judith Aho (article)
  • The Klingon Language by S. Sarris (article)

Issue v.1 n.8

Archives' Log v.1 n.8 was published in December 1974 and contains 15 pages. The front cover is by K. Giblin.

cover of v.1 n.8
  • club news and Star Trek in the news (1)
  • First Annual Red Hour Festival by C. Weiss (a very long progress report covering many details; all club members were required to volunteer at the con, the con was expected to bring in $4000-$6000 dollars ($600 to pay off the club debt, and $2000 for the club's bank account), and this con's success was also imperative for the success of Project Communicator) [1] (3)
  • The Essential Sulu by D.J. Wheeler (fiction, written from Dr. McCoy's point of view) (5) (reprinted in Star Trek Adventure)
  • Blood Composition of the Residents of Epsilon Eridani 7 (Vulcans) Homo Eridani Saraki by Katherine Gates (article) (8)
  • Booklet of General Plans (a description and review of the Star Fleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph Schnaubelt (10)
  • The Klingon Language by Professor S. Sarris (article) (11)
  • more news (Some tidbits: "Project Communicator has received the waiver from the Writers Guild for use of Star Trek material on our project to adapt Star Trek sound tracks for use by the visually handicapped. We are awaiting word from the Directors Guild, then we will go out to the actors and hopefully we will not require any further waivers, except from, of course, Paramount." And "STA held a garage sale on November 23 and 24. Our goal was to raise enough money to pay for the $200 we would need to rent the films from Paramount for our Red Hour Festival in February. At the end of two days, we had taken in $228.93. This will pay for our films and shipping costs." And "We need wood to build the booths for the carnival area at the festival. Please start looking for wood. Perhaps you have some around your basement or garage you can spare, or if you are passing some on the street or along areas that are being torn down, see if you can get some wood. Once again, we don't want you to carry it on the bus if it is too large.")

Issue v.2 n.1

Archives' Log v.2 n.1 was published in January 1975 and contains 10 pages.

cover of issue v.2 n.1, uncredited
  • club and Star Trek news (1)
  • The Klingons (article about the Klingon's home planet) (3)
  • a long letter from D.C. Fontana is reprinted; it is chatty and informs fans of what she has been up to professionally and personally (some belly dancing!) (5)
  • The Star Trek Story by George Costenbader (article) (6)
  • The Essential Sulu by D.J. Wheeler (part two/conclusion) of a story that appears in an earlier issue) (8)
  • a plea by Art Canfil for club members to be active and imaginative

Issue v.2 n.2/3

Archives' Log v.2 n.2/3 was published in February/March 1975 and contains 30 pages.

from v.2 n.2/3, uncredited art
cover of v.2 n.2/3
  • Trivia Questions (6)
  • this issue has the third part of an interview with James Doohan, the first part was in the past July issue, the second was in the past August issue (4)
  • The View from Vulcan (article about Spock's home planet) by Dick Carroll (8)
  • Mr. Oday and Mr. Spock (fiction) by D.J. Wheeler (10) (reprinted in Star Trek Adventure)
  • Since Star Trek (an article about what the actor has been doing since Star Trek ended) by Walter Koenig (appears to be original to this zine) (15)
  • The Klingons by Sandy Sarris (article about the Klingon religion and language) (16)
  • Dream House (very early and rare RPF) by Steve Lampen (reprinted from the August 1974 issue -- In the story, Shatner, Doohan and Kelley are involved in tense negotiations over whether to appear in the new Star Trek movie. They wake up on the Starship Enterprise in the year 2241. After encountering a Klingon battle cruiser, the terrified actors are more than willing to accept the roles.) (19)
  • Progress of Social Psychiatric Experiment on Board the U.S.S. Enterprise by Art Canfil (a tongue-in-cheek "article" about the different kinds of personalities on board the Enterprise) (22)
  • What's in a Name by Steve Lampen (reprinted from the previous July issue, article about the different guest actors on the show and their roles) (24)
  • Visions of Paradise (article about the science of the episode "This Side of Paradise) by Dick Carroll (25)
  • Three Heads Spoiled the Broth!!! (article about the special effects in Star Trek) by Steve Lampen (reprinted from the August 1974 issue) (27)
  • three full pages of portraits of Walter Koenig/Chekov, James Doohan/Scotty, and George Takei/Sulu (artist uncredited)
  • a portrait of T'Pring and a short bio of the actress who portrayed her
  • this issue has the first part of a talk (second is in the next issue) given by Gene Roddenberry at Standford on January 28th -- the opening paragraph:
    ... we arrived around 6:15 which was very fortunate as the auditorium was filled by (7:00 p.m. for the 8:00 speech. Angry people were poinding on the doors to get in and really got frantic when they could hear the blooper reel being shown. After the blooper reel, Mr Roddenberry was introduced. About 20 minutes into his speech, he was interrupted by the announcement that someone had called in a bomb threat. You guessed it - the auditorium had to be completely cleared so that it could be searched. We stood out in the courtyard for about an hour and it was cold out there. Returning to the auditorium, we found that there had not been a bomb after all, just one of those angry door bangers trying to get even. Mr. Roddenberry returned and finished his speech. We then saw "The Cage", which as you all know, was the original pilot for Star Trek starring Jeffrey Hunter. This has been shown at conventions before, but none of us there had ever seen it. It was quite interesting, for instance there is a scene where Pike says he does not women on the bridge and in answer to a dagger look by #1 tells her that "she's different." Although we did not see a color print, it was great to see the original pilot in one piece.

Reactions and Reviews: v.2 n.2/3

The Log has an extensive interview with Bruce Hyde, which was done while he was at the Eureka Theatre. A very, very extensively researched and nicely writ ten article called "Wolf Ripper" by Albert Hillard-Hughes is included. It begins and ends with the Star Trek episode "Wolf in the Fold", and takes us on a very interesting path through the lore of Jack the Ripper. Franz Joseph, as United Federation Representative of Star Fleet Command, sends memos on replacement of personnel in Starfleet (and slaps Kirk's hand for losing so many crewmen all over the place. And why does Kirk keep asking for all those female yeomen. Tsk! The reproduction really brings out the excellent cover of "Gem", by John McLaughlin. A nicely done zine, well worth the price. The LOG has taken a leap forward in appearance with this issue (mostly due to a new editorial assistant, Evelyn the Editor tells me)! A good, sharp, neatly typed, 2-column reduced format, with much better layout work. I'm very impressed — ARCHIVES' LOG is now the best-looking amateur Star Trek fan publication, bar none! [2]

Issue v.2 n.4

Archives' Log v.2 n.4 was published in April 1975 and contains 20 pages.

back of v.2 n.4, a photo montage from The Red Hour Festival
cover of v.2 n.4, illustration of an Andorian by Carol Witham (the credit was handwritten in a margin on page #13)
  • Horta Eggs (club and Star Trek news) (1)
  • an article by Judy Aho about Equicon/Filmcon (2)
  • a short blurb about Sacramento STAR's film/costume show at Sacramento City College on April 12; Walter Koenig and George Takei were to be Guests of Honor (3)
  • Star Trek word find puzzle by Carol Witham (3)
  • The Trouble with Trivia by Steve Lampen and Bill Deen (8)
  • Bones Wins Out (fiction) by Katherine Gates Runkle (10)
  • a copy of a March 1975 letter by Save the Star Trek Cast giving an update on the fan campaign to pressure the movie's creators to keep the original cast (14)
  • answers to the trivia test (15)
  • a con report of sorts -- a fan's description of Gene Roddenberry's appearance at Stanford (this is the second part/conclusion, the first appeared in the previous issue) (16)
  • there is a con report for The Red Hour Festival, see that page (18)
  • two con reports by Rod March -- the 4th Annual International Star Trek Convention by Al Schuster (Jan 10-12) in New York, and the Star Trek convention held at the Commodore Hotel (Feb 14-17). He much preferred the second one:
    The Star Trek Convention, held at the Commodore Hotel February 14-17 was, by comparison, well worth attending. This convention was organized by a group of people who left Al Shuster's organization last year, headed by Devra Langstrom. Special guests included - Gene Roddenberry, Majel Barrett, William Shatner, George Takei, William Ware Theiss, Robert Lansing, David Gerrold, Jeff Maynard, Isaac Asimov, and Hal Clement. From the start, this convention was more neatly run than Schuster's. There was less crowding, especially in the dealers' rooms and art rooms, although this convention, too, had a habit of scheduling only one interesting activity at a time. Again, there was no way to see the major guests, except on stage, along with 8,000 other fans (I happened to run into William Shatner outside the convention in New York, but he was unfortunately too busy to talk). The highlight of this convention was Gene Roddenberry's talk, and the panel discussion between Roddenberry Shatner, Barrett, Takei, Asimov, Gerrold, and Lansing... In closing, The Star Trek Convention stood out as a worthwhile experience, when compared to the 4th International Convention, but neither of them can compare to the excellence of Equicon 74.

Issue v.2 n.5/6

Archives' Log v.2 n.5/6 was published in May/June 1975 and contains 26 pages. It has been scanned online here.

From the editor:
Star Trek Archives has Just weathered a crisis, during which two officers and several members resigned from the organization. The very fact that this issue of the Log is in your hands proves that the Archives is now strong enough to withstand such a problem. The needs of the membership and efforts such as Project Communicator are more important than personalities.

It is time for all members, regardless of their personal opinions, to close ranks and once again move Star Trek Archives ahead. We must, we can, and we will do so.

cover of v.2 n.5/6, Ruth Shirley
  • News About the Second Red Hour Festival ("Star Trek Archives' SECOND ANNUAL RED HOUR FESTIVAL Is scheduled for May 15 and 16, 1976 at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. We have few details now, but this will be a Festival to even exceed in quality our First Annual event. We plan to have one of the three TOP BILLED stars of the Star Trek show, plus special guests, our famed Shore Leave Planet Carnival Midway and films hosted by local TV personality Bob Wilkins.")
  • Letter from Gene Roddenberry (3)
  • Horta's Eggs (club and Star Trek news) (4)
  • The Cesspool of Space (fiction by Bruce Henderson) (5)
    Just about any of the reasons responsible for the low quality scripts of the original Star Trek's third season are inherent in the animated show. One of the causes which have been brought to light, was thinly disguised messages. Now with only half an hour to work with, things are really laid bare. Another problem was the overuse of Earth parallels. The difficulties that spawned this Problem in the live program are not found in the cartoon so the staff has carefully avoided it. The cartoon has also avoided over emotionalizing Spock, among other syndromes. However, animation has it's own problems, namely childishness... The Star Trek cartoon has it's good points and it's bad. As an action/adventure science fiction program it fails at many points. As an example of Star Trek the half-hour format has pretty much crushed any chance of excess. But as a Saturday morning cartoon it is one, no THE, best example on the air. With all the advantages animation has to offer to a format like Star Trek's, and the great writers who have contributed, I feel the Star Trek staff could have done better than they have thus far. What do you think? Use the opinions I assumed you had at the beginning of this article, and the opinion I have presented and make your own decision.
  • Analysis: Animated Star Trek by Bill Norton (6)
  • Safety First (fiction by Bruce Henderson) (11)
  • What If (12)
  • Star Trek Trivia Quiz (12)
  • Chekov: A Story of Sutt (13) (reprinted inStar Trek Adventure)
  • Archive's Maze (puzzle) by Rafe Needlem (28)

Issue v.2 n.7

Archives' Log v.2 n.7 was published in July 1975 and contains 28 pages. The front cover is by D. McCarthy. Interior illos by B. Frank and F. Torrano.

  • Mr. Oday and Mr. Spock by D.J. Wheeler (reprinted in Star Trek Adventure)
  • Uhura's Friend by D.J. Wheeler (reprinted in Star Trek Adventure)
  • Galactic Thoughts About Star Trek by Gloria Oberste (article)
  • Scotty and the Children by D.J. Wheeler (reprinted in Star Trek Adventure and also in The Best of...)
  • Wires and Coils by A. Corelli

Issue v.2 n.8

Archives' Log v.2 n.8 was published in August 1975 and contains 20 pages.

At some recent point, the zine got an "advisory board" -- members at this point were Bjo Trimble, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Billy West, and Bob Wilkins.

back cover of v.2 n.8, D. Bishop
cover of v.2 n.8, D. Bishop, a fine illo of a Gorn
  • What is Star Trek Archives (1)
  • Executive Board of S.T.A. (1)
  • Library Presentation (1) ("On September 26, 1975, a presentation of STAR TREK slides and films was made at an East Bay library by Sandy Sarris. A report about this will be made at a regular STA meeting.")
  • Constituional Convention (3)
    Star Trek Archives is currently iw the process of obtaining status as a non profit organization. In order to do this, we must have a constitution and by-laws. Certain sections must be included as required by law. It was for this reason the Archives held-a Constitution meeting on September 23. The purpose of the meeting was to go over proposed constitutions which the Archives would follow. All members were invited to come and express their ideas and views with the condition that no $tar Trek episode would be seen that evening. That evening less than ten members showed up during the course of the meeting. We went through the proposals and left the meeting with the final draft to. be ratified by you, the MEMBERS. The point I want to impress upon you is that this is your club. It's everybody's Star Trek Archives, not just a handful of member's. The Archives cannot and will not function or grow without every member's help and cooperation. All members who can come to the meetings should and must support this Archives. After all, each member paid his or hers dues to get in to it, and therefore they have a voice in the matters of the Archives.
  • Red Hour Project (3)
  • STA Library (3) (Three internal scrapbooks have been added to the library, one is the S.T.A. Logbook and contains all issues of Archives' Log, one deals with miscellaneous and full length articles on Star Trek and the people involved in the series, and "one contains the Constitutions S.T.A. Activities past, present and future; S.T.A. Paraphenalia, where it can be obtained; correspondence; logs from other organizations; and Si-Fi articles other than Star Trek"
  • Condition Yellow (4) (about the resignation of a staff member)
  • What If? by John C. Deely (4)
  • Chairperson's Report by Dave Walda (2)
  • Visit from Doohan and Takei by Rita Fattaruso (7)
  • The Klingons (article) by Sandy Sarris (8)
  • Tholian Web (puzzle) (21)
  • The New Arrival (fiction) by Carol Ann Sweeney (12)
  • Ralph and Irving (19)
  • Horta's Eggs (news) (20)
  • Space: The Final Frontier, a con report by Anita Corelli (20)
    A unique convention, SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER, was held on October 5, 1975 at DeAnza College in Cupertino. Both George Takei and Arlene Martell were there to speak and. sign, autographs in what the Archives Log Committee found to be a very relaxing atmosphere. George and Arlene took the time to talk and pose for pictures with individual fans both during the convention and after 6 o'clock, the official close-up time. The hucksters were missing, but instead attendees got a peek at what is going on in the galaxy right now. John Dobson spoke on "Structure of the Universe" and Dick Preston on "NASA Plan for Space Cities"
  • back cover, front cover, other art by D. Bishop, other art by Bonita Frank, Frank Torrano, and Dierdre McCarthy. Supply could not keep up with demand for the printed program "Spaces The Final Frontier #1" which sold for $1.00 plus postage. SASE to TERMAN'S STAR TREK.

Issue v.2 n.9

Archives' Log v.2 n.9 was published in September 1975 and contains 18 pages. The advisory board: Bjo Trimble and Bob Wilkins.

back cover of v.2 n.9, Jonesy Parrinello
front cover of v.2 n.9, Jonesy Parrinello

Issue v.2 n.10

Archives' Log v.2 n.10 was published in October 1975.

Issue v.2 n.11

Archives' Log v.2 n.11 was published in November 1975.

Issue v.2 n.12

Archives' Log v.2 n.12 was published in December 1975.

Issue v.3 n.1/2

Archives' Log v.3 n.1/2 was published in January/February 1976 and contains 30 pages. The art is by Jonesy Parrinello (front cover), Linda Whitten, and Michael Vincent.

cover of v.3 n.1/2, Jonesy Parrinello

Reactions and Reviews: v.3 n.1/2

A wide variety of material can be found within the pages of ARCHIVE'S LOG. From Star Trek to Science Fiction, to hard science. The basis is still quite Star Trek, as can be seen by looking at the lovely cover by Jonesy Parrinello, In fact, while layout has improved little oyer earlier issues, the increaaing contributions by professional illustrator Jonesy have classed-up ARCHIVE'S LOG quite a bit. The major feature of this issue is the lengthy "Shakespeare in Outer Space" by A, Hilliard-Hughes. This is a sophisticated study of the film "Forbidden Planet" comparing it to Bill Shakespeare's "The Tempest." The piece is very competent in terms of keeping the reader from getthg lost even though he may not be familiar with either the film or the play. ARCHIVE'S LOG is an enjoyable and regular little fanzine. I look forward to each new issue. [3]

Issue v.3 n.3/4

Archives' Log v.3 n.3/4 was published in March/April 1976 and contains 40 pages. The froth cover is by J. McLaughlin. Interior illos are by A. Frevele.

cover of v.3 n.3/4

Reactions and Reviews: v.3 n.3/4

This zine has a pleasant, professional-style layout. It is illustrated mostly by photos from ST and has only one fan-drawn interior illo and cartoon strip. The cover is a nice drawing of Gem done by John McLaughlin. There are four major pieces in this issue: two stories and two articles. The first story is a Spock-saves-the-day tale by Steve Schenkofsky; he has a good handling of dialog and movement in the story, but motivation is a little poorly done. In this story, the Enterprise is sent after yet another 'villainous' thingamaob in space that has done in yet another Federation starship. The Enterprise fails to deter or destroy the ship. Then Spock, failing to even mention the telepathic information he has received from the lone alien in the ship, steals a shuttle from the Enterprise to go into the alien ship to put things to right. The reasoning (that only a man who can control his emotions can fix the situation) does not excuse Spock's behavior. The other story is a the-big-E-is-for-real story called 'Return of the Frontier' by Art Canfil It's unusual in that the crew of the Enterprise is cloned from the actors who played in ST and the Enterprise is built by the group who carried out the cloning! The writing is about on par with the other story. Also, AL has an interview with Bruce Hyde (Kevin Reilly in ST) which covers some of his background in acting... about his feelings about work and people on ST, and how he got into the ST con merry-go-round. And, lastly, there is an article on including 'Wolf in the Fold.' In the intro to AL it is said that part of AL's purpose is to 'promote artistic and literary creativity.' There certainly is talent connected with this zine. And it's a zine that many ST fans would enjoy. [4]


  1. Ultimately, it wasn't money and stature that sunk this project, but Paramount's refusal to give permission.
  2. from Stardate #9
  3. from Stardate #8
  4. from The Halkan Council #20/21
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