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Finding Aid for the Edwin H. Carpenter Collection on Hand Presses bulk 1940-1988
MS.1995.003  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edwin H. Carpenter Collection on Hand Presses,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1988
    Collection number: MS.1995.003
    Creator: Carpenter, Edwin H. 1915-1995
    Extent: 2 boxes (1.4 linear feet)
    Repository: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
    Los Angeles, California 90018
    Abstract: This collection contains items collected by Edwin H. Carpenter about hand printing presses located primarily in California intended to be used to create a list or census of hand presses. Correspondence, photographs, and press information originate from many of those of the California press and printing community.
    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

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edwin H. Carpenter Collection on Hand Presses, MS.1995.003, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Processing History

    This collection was originally arranged and inventoried in the 1990s. In 2009, Slight adjustments were made to the collection's arrangement (such as putting certain miscellaneous folders into the proper series). This final processing and the encoding of the finding aid were done by Jamie Henricks in July, 2009.

    Biography

    Edwin H. Carpenter was born in Iowa, August 21, 1915. He enlisted in the Army in Los Angeles on July 11, 1941, eventually becoming a warrant officer. He later became a Western American bibliographer at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. He was interested in hand printing presses, especially in California and the western United States. This collection contains information collected about hand presses, primarily in California. The information appears to have been intended to create a census of hand presses in the West. It is unclear whether an official list was published, but handwritten and typed drafts are included in the collection. The work of inquiring about presses and their owners was undertaken by Edwin Carpenter and Roger Levenson. Carpenter did publish a book entitled "Printers and Publishers in Southern California 1850-1876" (La Siesta Press: 1964). He died in Los Angeles on January 12, 1995.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains items collected by Edwin H. Carpenter about hand printing presses located primarily in California. The items were intended to be used to create a list or census of hand presses including information about the origins of the press and technical specifications. The materials include papers, photographs, and articles of various types. Correspondence and press information originate from many of those of the California press and printing community, such as Ernest Lindner, Lew Allen, Jeff Craemer, Richard Hoffman, Paul Landacre, Muir Dawson, Saul Marks, Ward Ritchie, and Roger Levenson. Items range in date from 1895 to 1988, but the bulk of the items date from the 1940s to 1970s.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged thematically into series. Series 4 through 9 include information about hand presses owned by individuals or institutions, ordered alphabetically by model of press. The collection was physically arranged and inventoried by a previous processor. Slight adjustments were made later to the intellectual arrangement (such as placing certain miscellaneous folders into the proper series in the finding aid). A few folders were consolidated (box 2, folder 14 was moved to box 2, folder 5; and box 2, 97 was moved to box 2, folder 79).
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. About Hand Presses, 1895, 1942-1978
    • Series 2. Correspondence, 1956-1981
    • Series 3. Artists' Representations of Presses
    • Series 4. Acorn, 1959-1975
    • Series 5. Albion, 1940-1988
    • Series 6. Columbian, 1961-1979
    • Series 7. Imperial and Lowe, ca. 1960-1970
    • Series 8. Washington, 1949-1986
    • Series 9. Other Presses, 1967-1980
    • Series 10. Miscellaneous, 1924, 1947-1982

    Related Material

    Edwin H. Carpenter collected information on a variety of topics and individuals. They include Clyde Browne and the Abbey Press   (MS.2007.016, collection held at the Clark Library) and Lawrence Clark Powell (collection 374 at UCLA Young Research Library Special Collections).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Levenson, Roger, 1914-
    Bibliographers--California--20th century
    Hand presses--California
    Librarians--California--20th century
    Printers--California--20th century

    Genres and Forms

    Correspondence--California--20th century
    Photographs--California--20th century