Scope and Content
Title: Rampant Lions Press Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1961-2001
Collection number: Press coll. Archives Rampant Lions
Creator: Rampant Lions
(.4 linear feet)
University of California, Los Angeles.
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90018
Abstract: This collection contains items related to the
Rampant Lions Press and its owners Will and Sebastian Carter. Materials
include those printed by and about the Rampant Lions Press, including
books in print pamphlets, lecture announcements, book prospectuses, and
other printed ephemera.
Physical location: This collection is stored at the Southern Regional Library Facility. Please contact Clark Library staff at least 2 weeks
in advance if you would like to view the materials in this collection.
Language of Material: Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial
Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts or printed items must be submitted in writing to the Clark
Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William
Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items
and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright
holder, which must also be obtained.
[Identification of item], Rampant Lions Press Collection, Press coll.
Archives Rampant Lions, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University
of California, Los Angeles.
Items in the collection were accumulated over time by John Bidwell
during his employment as a librarian at the William Andrews Clark
Library. Correspondence to Grant and Helen Dahlstrom was a gift of Helen
Dahlstrom in June, 1984. 3 items, including correspondence and ephemera
from the collection of Jacob Zeitlin were a gift of Josephine Ver Brugge
Zeitlin in November, 1987 (MS.1988.003).
Processed by Jamie Henricks, November 2009
William Nicholas Carter (generally known as Will Carter) was born in
Slough, Berkshire (England) on September 24, 1912. Carter was foremost a
printer, but also designed letters and did his own carving. He founded
the Rampant Lions Press in 1924 after visiting the Oxford University
Press. Will Carter published his first book in 1936, and officially
turned the Rampant Lions Press into a business in 1949 in Cambridge
following a stint in the Navy during World War II. He married Barbara
Digby in 1939, and the couple had four children (one boy and three
Will Carter's son, Sebastian, joined him in the press during the
1960s and eventually took over in 1991. He toured the United States on
multiple occasions, including 1961 and 1967, and lectured at UCLA. He
was made an Officer of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in
1989. Will died in Cambridge on March 17, 2001. The Rampant Lions Press
officially closed in 2008.
Scope and Content
This collection contains items related to the Rampant Lions Press and
its owners Will and Sebastian Carter. The collection is comprised of
materials printed by and about the Rampant Lions Press, including
pamphlets advertising books in print, lecture announcements,
prospectuses for books for sale, and copies of page proofs for a book
about Will Carter, and other printed ephemera. There is also a small
amount of correspondence to John Bidwell and Grant and Helen Dahlstrom.
The collection arrived with no order imposed on it; all items were
loose. Materials were grouped thematically with like items together and
are are arranged in chronological order when possible.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Genres and Forms