Finding Aid for the Clyde Browne and the Abbey Press
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Title: Clyde Browne and the Abbey Press
Date (inclusive): 1918-1988
Collection number: MS.2007.016
Collector: Carpenter, Edwin
Abstract: Items related to, written by or about Clyde Browne,
the printer and proprietor at the Abbey Press.
1 box (.5 linear feet)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Physical location: Clark Library.
Language of materials: 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 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], Clyde Browne and the Abbey Press
Collection, MS.2007.016, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library,
University of California, Los Angeles.
Acquired in February 2007, along with a collection of printed books and
ephemera printed by Clyde Browne. These books are cataloged individually
under the call number "Press coll. Browne" and can be found via the
UCLA Library online catalog.
The majority of this collection was formerly in the possession of
Edwin H. Carpenter.
Clyde Browne established the Abbey Press and was a printer in the Los
Angeles area for approximately forty years until his death in 1942.
Browne was born in 1872 in Old Hickory, Ohio. After moving around the
Midwest and California, he worked at many newspapers in the San
Francisco Bay area. In 1902 or 1903, Browne moved to Los Angeles, where
he worked at the Los Angeles Examiner for four years. In 1909, he set up
his own print shop, and by 1910 had established the firm of Browne and
Cartwright with Alexander Cartwright. Soon after, he helped Occidental
College and the University of Southern California start their own school
Beginning in 1915, Browne started building what would eventually
become the Abbey San Encino, where he did most of his printing. The
Abbey was finished in July of 1924. Browne printed his own work
(including poems, books, and ephemera) as well as for others, including
Occidental College. Various printers rented studio space from Browne,
including Ward Ritchie, House Olson, and Scott Haselton. Lawrence Clark
Powell also rented one of Browne's studios before becoming the University
Librarian at UCLA and director of the William Andrews Clark Memorial
In the 1920s and 1930s, Browne was active with the Sea Scouts (a
division of the Boy Scouts of America). He later was the chairman of the
Democratic Party Committee in the 54th district, and ran for the State
Assembly. After Clyde Browne's death on July 1, 1942, his son closed the
press and sold most of the equipment. As of the 1980s, the Abbey was
owned by Browne's grandson, Severin.
Scope and Content
This collection contains items related to, written by or about Clyde Browne,
the printer and proprietor at the Abbey Press. The majority of the items are newspaper
clippings or other articles, but materials also include photographs,
pamphlets, letters, a half-tone printing block, and examples of items
printed by the Abbey Press. Items range in date from 1918 to 1988, but
the bulk of the printed materials are found in the range of 1918 to
The collection is arranged in original order, with the exception of a
few folders titled "miscellaneous" broken into multiple folders at
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
David William, 1908-
Genres and Forms
Box 1, Folder 1
Half-Tone Block showing Clyde Browne on the patio of the Abbey San
Physical Description: Metal on wood block, 4.25" x 5.5"
Box 1, Folder 2
Newspaper Article -- "The House that Browne Built", by Lannie
Box 1, Folder 3
Newspaper Articles -- about Jackson Browne
May 22, 1983,
October 2, 1988,
November 6, 1988
Musician Jackson Browne is the grandson of Clyde Browne.
Box 1, Folder 4
"Jackson Browne: the story of a holdout" by Rich
A bound book about Jackson Browne, grandson of Clyde
Box 1, Folder 5
Farragut Sea Scout Troop
Includes newspaper clippings about the Sea Scout Troop, a
letter of recommendation from Browne about one of the troop members, and
a pen illustration of the troop's boat "Harmony."
Box 1, Folder 6
Box 1, Folder 7
John Swingle and Abbey San Encino Exhibit
November 8, 1975
Includes handwritten notes and description cards about an
exhibit about or at the Abbey San Encino.
Box 1, Folder 8
David W. Davies -- photocopied manuscript and letters
Includes photocopy of a manuscript entitled "Clyde Browne and
the Abbey Press" and letters about the manuscript between Davies and
Box 1, Folder 9
Research notes about Clyde Browne
Includes copies of newspaper articles about the life of Clyde
Browne, questions to direct the collector's research, statements from
conversations about Clyde Browne by colleagues, and bibliographic
records of books by or printed by Clyde Browne. Statements are available
from Mr. Aultman, Edwin Carpenter, Mrs. Mabel Carruthers, Dr.
Carruthers, Grant Dahlstrom, John Harris, and Scott B. Haselton.
Box 1, Folder 10
Journal of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America --
vol. 1, no. 12
Includes an article by Scott Haselton titled "An Editor's
Dream" with a description of the Abbey San Encino and a picture of Clyde
Box 1, Folder 11
"The Bugle" - vol. 1, nos. 1-6; vol. 2, no. 1
Initial issues of "The Bugle" printed by the Boy Scouts of
America in Los Angeles. There is an article about Browne in the first
issue, and there may be others. There are also articles about the Sea
Box 1, Folder 12
Articles about Clyde Browne and the Abbey San Encino
Various articles about Clyde Browne and the Abbey San Encino
from multiple types of publications, including a campaign pamphlet, a
Cal State LA newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, Sunset magazine, and the
Occidental College Alumnus.
Box 1, Folder 13
Occidental College Sabretooth
Second to last page at the bottom reads "This book is from the
press of Clyde Browne, Master Printer."
Box 1, Folder 14
Ephemera printed by the Abbey Press
Miscellaneous cards, pamphlets, and other items printed by
Clyde Browne at the Abbey Press.
Box 1, Folder 15
Martha Baird piano recital
November 14, 1930
Scope and Content Note
A printed notice about the recital, an article about the event, and a
letter to Ed Carpenter about the papers.
Box 1, Folder 16
January 5th and December 8th, 1932
Two letters written about Robert Nash by Clyde Browne, relating
to Sea Scout activities.
Box 1, Folder 17
Drafts of two Boy Scout programs, and "The Roadrunner."
Box 1, Folder 18
Pages from "Cloisters of California"
Pages from the second edition of "Cloisters of California," by
Clyde Browne. The book appears complete at 133 pages, but is