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He was active in fandom beginning in the 1940s, publishing his own fanzines as well as contributing to many others. He was Fan Guest of Honor and Toastmaster at numerous conventions. His first Worldcon was Denvention 1 in 1941, which makes him a member of Second Fandom.
His fanzine and fanworks collection is now at the University of Iowa's Special Collection Department, and was acquired as part of the Fan Culture Preservation Project.
For a 2011 interview with him, see Transformative Works and Cultures Interview with Rusty Hevelin.
- Hevelin Collection- The University of Iowa Libraries, Archived version, Hevelin Collection Announcement, April 11, 2012
- Hevelin Collection, Archived version, Hevelin Collection Tumblr
- Science Fiction Fans Raise $1,955 To Support Hevelin Collection Digitization, Archived version, (July 28, 2013)
- Science fiction fanzines to be digitized as part of major UI initiative, Archived version, (October 17, 2014)