Finding Aid for the Maxwell Hunley Rare Books records, 1952-1967

Partially processed by Lilace Hatayama, 1986. Later fully processed by Helen McManus in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2008; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Maxwell Hunley Rare Books records
Date (inclusive): 1952-1967
Collection number: 1481
Creator: Maxwell Hunley Rare Books
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: This collection consists of the records of the firm Maxwell Hunley Rare Books, Beverly Hills, CA. The collection includes correspondence, both business and personal; records of customers' collecting interests; invoices of sales and of Hunley's purchases from other dealers; and other business records. The bulk of the papers date from 1963-1967.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Processing Note

Partially processed by Lilace Hatayama, 1986. Fully processed by Helen McManus in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2008.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Maxwell Hunley Rare Books records (Collection Number 1481). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Maxwell Hunley Rare Books was an antiquarian bookselling firm located on Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. Hunley specialized in Americana and modern first editions. He maintained jovial relationships with his customers and friends, as evidenced in both his business and personal correspondence. In 2002 the Zamorano Club published an interview with Hunley, in limited edition, entitled A true and authentic account of the life of the distinguished bibliophile and bookseller Maxwell Hunley, Esq.: as heard from his own lips.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of papers from the firm Maxwell Hunley Rare Books, primarily covering the years 1963-1967. It includes correspondence, both business and personal; records of customers' collecting interests; invoices of sales and of Hunley's purchases from other dealers; and other business records.

Organization and Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically by subject. Where possible, items within each file are arranged in chronological order, with undated materials in alphabetical order at the back of the file.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Maxwell Hunley Rare Books--Archives.
Antiquarian booksellers--California, Southern--Archival resources.
Hunley, Maxwell.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Book dealer catalogs and advertisements 1963-1967

Box 1, Folder 2

Business licenses and property assessment 1964-1965

Box 1, Folder 3

Catalog requests 1964 January 8-1967 November 24

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence: Business 1963 November 21-1967 October 15

Scope and Content Note

Subject matter of this correspondence includes: reasons for returning books sent out on approval; correspondence with other booksellers; controversies and problems encountered by booksellers, libraries and individuals.
Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence: Personal 1964 November 13-1967 November 18

Box 1, Folder 6

Customer orders 1963 December 2-1967 October 17

Box 1, Folder 7

Mailing lists and memberships 1952-1965

Scope and Content Note

Includes material on the following organizations: Antiquarian Booksellers Association, The Book Club of California, Denver Westerners, Manuscript Society.
Box 1, Folder 8

Notes on customers' collecting interests undated

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten notes on scraps of paper including the customer's name, contact information, and collecting interests.
Box 1, Folder 9

Office supplies 1964 September 18-1966 August 17

Scope and Content Note

Includes a manual for the Olympia SG1 Super Deluxe typewriter.
Box 1, Folder 10

Purchase invoices and 2 shipping records 1963 October 24-1967 May 15

Scope and Content Note

Records of Hunley's purchases from other booksellers and libraries.
Box 1, Folder 11

Sales: Invoices 1963 October 24-1967 May 29

Box 1, Folder 12

Sales: Books from Mrs Elva Karshner 1964

Scope and Content Note

Records of sales from a list of "books from Mrs Elva Karshner."
Box 1, Folder 13

Sales: Other records 1963 July 31-1967 November 14

Scope and Content Note

Includes a sales book labeled "Fair 1965", check stubs from customer payments, handwritten calculations, and notes on customers' store credit.
Box 1, Folder 14

Want lists and requests from various individuals and organizations 1964 May 1- 1967 November 30

Scope and Content Note

Requests for specific books, primarily in the form of letters of enquiry from customers.
Box 1, Folder 15

Miscellaneous clippings, notes, and papers ca. 1963-1966

Scope and Content Note

Includes a bookplate from the House of Lords Library.