The Finding Aid of the Edwards H. Metcalf Papers 0062

Finding aid prepared by Jamie Henricks (2012), Jessica Geiser (2012), Victoria Collie (2013), and Katie Richardson (2013)
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA, 90263-4786
(310) 506-4434
October 2013

Title: Edwards H. Metcalf Papers next hit
Identifier/Call Number: 0062
Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet (1 box)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1987-1992
Date (inclusive): 1938-2002
Abstract: Edwards H. Metcalf was a collector, a Pepperdine University Board member, and a T.E. Lawrence enthusiast. He chaired the T.E. Lawrence Symposium in 1988 at Pepperdine University, which gave scholars the chance to discuss the life and works of T.E. Lawrence. The collection contains planning materials and documents from the symposium, as well as book collection records belonging to Metcalf.
Location note: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Creator: Metcalf, Edwards H. (Edwards Huntington)

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Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], previous hit Edwards H. Metcalf papers , Collection no. 0062, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were collected from University Archives files and audiovisual collections.

Historical note

Edwards Huntington Metcalf was a Pepperdine University Board member, a T.E. Lawrence enthusiast and collector, and grandson of Henry Edwards Huntington (a railroad tycoon and founder of the Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens located on his San Marino estate). He was an owner of multiple small businesses as well as president of the Huntington Land Company. He frequently donated to the Huntington Library, and also had his own collection of rare books (primarily related to T.E. Lawrence).
Metcalf was born November 4, 1911, to parents John and Elizabeth Metcalf. The family lived in Northern California, and Edwards was the second of four children (Mary, Edward, John, and Lawrence). He married Jane King (April 24, 1910-May 27, 1994) and they lived in San Marino, California for many years. Metcalf also served in the Navy during the Korean War. He died in Sierra Madre, California on April 2, 2001, and he and Jane were buried in Riverside National Cemetery (a military cemetery in Riverside, California).
In 1986, he donated nearly 500 books and pamphlets from his T.E. Lawrence collection to Pepperdine's Payson Library. In order to celebrate this new collection, as well as the centennial of Lawrence's birth, Pepperdine invited the foremost scholars and authors on Lawrence to give talks and participate in discussions on the famous soldier and author. The T.E. Lawrence Symposium was an event produced by Pepperdine University and held on May 20th and 21st, 1988. The symposium was initiated and chaired by Metcalf.

Scope and Content

The collection contains records related to the T.E. Lawrence Symposium held by Pepperdine University from May 20 to 21, 1988, which was chaired by Edwards H. Metcalf. Materials include planning documents, clippings of publicity for the event, drafts of official materials, correspondence, brochures, programs, articles, photographs, slides, audio and video of the event. Also included in the collection are materials related to Edwards H. Metcalf, including correspondence and records produced by Metcalf related to his rare book and T.E. Lawrence collections.


The collection is organized into the following series: 1. T.E. Lawrence Symposium; 2. Edwards H. Metcalf Book Collection Records. Within each series the folders are arranged alphabetically.

Related Archival Materials

T.E. Lawrence works and related materials donated by Edwards H. Metcalf to the Pepperdine Library can be found in Special Collections under the Metcalf Collection of Books on T.E. Lawrence. (

Processing Information note

The collection was arranged and described by Jessica Geiser and Jamie Henricks in September, 2012. The finding aid was updated by Victoria Collie, Special Collections and University Archives Intern, under the supervision of Katie Richardson in October 2013.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Lawrence, T. E. (Thomas Edward), 1888-1935
Metcalf, Edwards H. (Edwards Huntington)
Pepperdine University.
Young, M. Norvel (Matt Norvel), 1915-
Lectures and lecturing--California, Southern
Universities and colleges--California--Malibu--History

Box 1, Folder 1 - 20

Series 1: T.E. Lawrence Symposium Bulk, 1988-1989 1938-1989

Scope and Content

The series contains documents related to the T.E. Lawrence Symposium held at Pepperdine University. Materials include planning documents such as memorandums, budgets, agendas, notes, clippings of publicity for the event and drafts of official materials; mailing lists of potential participants; correspondence with event sponsors, speakers and participants; reservation and order forms sent in by participants; brochures, programs, and name tags for the symposium; articles and reviews of books on Lawrence; and photographs, slides, audio and video of the event. Materials in the series span from 1938 to 1989, with the bulk of materials ranging from 1988 to 1989.
Box 1, Folder 1

Articles About T.E. Lawrence 1938-1987

Box 1, Folder 2

Book Reviews on T.E. Lawrence 1967-1985

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence 1988-1989

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence and Articles - Shohig Sherry Terzian 1988-1989

Box 1, Folder 5

Mailing List Notes and Correspondence 1988

Box 1, Folder 6

Mailing List (Official) 1988

Box 1, Folder 7

Not a Suitable Hobby for an Airman - T.E. Lawrence as Publisher Brochure (Orchard Books) undated

Box 1, Folder 8

Publicity 1988

Box 1, Folder 9

Returned Reservation Forms 1988

Box 1, Folder 10

Sponsor Information 1988

Box 1, Folder 11

T.E. Lawrence Symposium Audiocassettes 1988

Physical Description: (11 audiocassettes)
Box 1, Folder 12

T.E. Lawrence Symposium Brochure 1988

Box 1, Folder 13

T.E. Lawrence Symposium Name Tags (Blank) 1988

Box 1, Folder 14

T.E. Lawrence Symposium - Photographs and Slides 1988

Box 1, Folder 15

T.E. Lawrence Symposium Planning Documents 1988-1989

Box 1, Folder 16

T.E. Lawrence Symposium Proceedings and Poster Returned Order Forms 1988-1989

Box 1, Folder 17

T.E. Lawrence Symposium Program 1988

Box 1, Folder 18 - 19

T.E. Lawrence Symposium Video 1988

Physical Description: (4 VHS tapes)
Box 1, Folder 20

Travel Information 1988

Box 1, Folder 21 - 29

Series 2: Edwards H. Metcalf Book Collection Records 1974-2002

Scope and Content

The series contains mostly items produced by Edwards H. Metcalf related to Pepperdine and the T.E. Lawrence Symposium. Materials include items Metcalf sent to Pepperdine President, M. Norvel Young; records kept by Metcalf on the location and price of rare editions of the works of T.E. Lawrence; Metcalf's records of books sold from his personal collection; and records of rare books purchased by Metcalf from Dawson's Book Shop in Los Angeles, California. Also included in the series is an essay by Roland A. Schank, which details his friendship with Metcalf and provides some background information on Metcalf's life and book collection. Materials in the series span from 1974 to 2002.
Box 1, Folder 21

A Book Collecting Friendship with Edwards Huntington Metcalf by Roland A. Schank 2002

Box 1, Folder 22 - 24

Clippings of Book Dealer Catalog Records Related to T.E. Lawrence compiled by Edwards Metcalf undated

Box 1, Folder 25

Clippings of Metcalf Book Donation to Pepperdine 1987-1988

Box 1, Folder 26

Correspondence 1987-1988

Box 1, Folder 27

Edwards Metcalf Purchase Records from Dawson's Book Shop 1974-1990

Box 1, Folder 28 - 29

Edwards Metcalf Book Sales Records 1992