Finding Aid for the Richard J. Hoffman Collection 1932-1989

Processed by Jamie Henricks.
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Richard J. Hoffman Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1932-1989
Collection number: Press coll. Archives Hoffman
Creator: Hoffman, Richard J. 1912-1989
Extent: 5 boxes (1.7 linear feet)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: This collection contains material created and printed by Richard J. Hoffman for various individuals, institutions, and clubs. Items are mostly printed ephemera including Christmas cards, invitations, announcements, memorials, and certificates for various events.
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 materials: 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], Richard J. Hoffman Collection, Press coll. Archives Hoffman, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Acquisition Information

Part of this collection originated in accession MS.1988.001. These items were purchased by the Clark in 1988.

Processing History

This collection was processed and described by Jamie Henricks in July, 2009. The finding aid adheres to Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS).

Biography

Richard J. Hoffman was born in Los Angeles on July 25, 1912. He graduated from Garfield High School in 1928, and from Los Angeles Junior College in 1932. Hoffman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Los Angeles State College in 1947, and went on to receive a Master of Science in advanced education from USC.
Hoffman worked as a printer from high school on. He taught starting in 1943 at Los Angeles City College and had his own printing office for many years in which he wrote, designed, and printed many of his own books. He married Ruth Janet Lofthouse on March 24, 1934 and went on to have three children and seven grandchildren. After teaching for many years, he retired from his job as a professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He died in Los Angeles on September 26, 1989.
He was a member of various associations and clubs, including the Columbian 415 Chappel (as a founding father), the Comma Club, Los Angeles (as a founding member), the International Typographical Union, Phi Delta Kappa, the Rounce & Coffin Club Los Angeles, the Typophiles of New York, and the Zamorano Club of Los Angeles.
He received many awards including the John Paul II Medal in a papal visit, state assembly recognitions, the International Graphic Arts Education Association President's medal (1958), Phi Delta Kappan of the year (1977), a scholarship for perpetuating printing technology education, and many others.

Scope and Content

This collection contains material created and printed by Richard J. Hoffman, a printer in Southern California who printed many items for various individuals, institutions, and clubs (including Los Angeles Junior College, California State University at Los Angeles, the Rounce and Coffin Club, and the Roxburghe and Zamorano Clubs). Items consist largely of printed ephemera including Christmas cards, invitations, announcements, memorials, and certificates for various events.
Boxes 2 and 3 below originated in Clark accession MS.1988.001.

Arrangement

The collection was arranged previously by another individual. The order was preserved except in the case of box 5, where booklets were put into chronological order.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Printers--California--20th century
Private presses--California--20th century
Small presses--California--20th century

Genres and Forms

Ephemera--California--20th century


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Christmas Greetings 1937-1938

Scope and Content Note

Includes two copies of a large printing of "Jest 'fore Christmas" by Eugene Field, and one small copy of "Christmas Carol" by Phillips Brooks as Christmas greetings from the Hoffman family.
Box 1, Folder 2

Christmas Cards and Birth Announcement 1940-1949

Scope and Content Note

Includes various Christmas cards from the Hoffman family as well as a birth announcement for Hilary Janet Hoffman.
Box 1, Folder 3

Christmas Cards and Letters 1950-1959

Scope and Content Note

Includes Christmas cards and a few letters about the family sent with the cards.
Box 1, Folder 4

Christmas Cards 1961-1967

Box 1, Folder 5

Christmas Cards 1971-1976, 1979

Box 1, Folder 6

Christmas Cards 1980-1984, 1987-1988

Box 1, Folder 7

Cora I. Upp (piano teacher) recital announcements and programs 1946-1969

Box 1, Folder 8

Rounce & Coffin and Zamorano Club Ephemera 1944, 1946, 1965, 1971-1988

Box 1, Folder 9

Letterhead Stationery

Scope and Content Note

Includes letterhead for various individuals and companies, including Mary Hoffman.
Box 2, Folder 1-2

Undated Ephemera

Scope and Content Note

Includes pieces of printed material of all sizes, including but not limited to announcements, invitations, programs, advertisements, certificates, and postcards.
Box 2, Folder 3

Printed Ephemera 1933-1939

Box 2, Folder 4

Printed Ephemera 1948

Box 2, Folder 5-8

Printed Ephemera 1950-1979

Box 3, Folder 1-2

Printed Ephemera 1980-1989

Box 3, Folder 3

Los Angeles Junior College newspapers 1932-1937

Scope and Content Note

Includes numbers 1 and 3 (1932 and 1934) of the Los Angeles Junior College Campus Spectator, two copies of supplement 5 to volume 6, number 35, and an "EXTRA!" edition of the Campus Spectator announcing the birth of Judith Anne Hoffman.

Note

The "EXTRA!" item is located in the "H" drawer, which can be found in the oversized item map drawers.
Box 3, Folder 4

"Metal Flowers" by D.B. Updike 1959

Box 3, Folder 5

"The Ideal Book or Book Beautiful" by Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson 1963

Note

Note in the back reads: "The Ideal Book or Book Beautiful was printed as a project by some members of the Senior Graphic Arts Class at Los Angeles State College. Professor Richard J. Hoffman suggested the text and also contributed most generously of his time and knowledge. Participating members of the class were: Terry Cowgill, Robert. L. Kish, Richard B. Odemar, Donald Roland, Fred L. Williams. This edition was limited to one hundred numbered copies, of which this is number 80."
Box 4, Folder 1

"Richard J. Hoffman 1912-1989" 1989

Scope and Content Note

Includes short pieces of personal biographical information, education, employment, memberships, offices held, awards, professional activities, church affiliations, and speaking engagements. Also includes books about, major articles about, books written and designed by, and books printed and designed by Richard J. Hoffman.
Box 4, Folder 2

Southern California Printing Teachers Yearbook, volume 1 1933

Scope and Content Note

Includes collected examples of items printed by schools in Southern California as well as small articles about teaching printing, and costs of providing materials.
Box 4, Folder 3

Two items printed by the Los Angeles State College graphic arts students. 1960

Box 4, Folder 4

Letters about the creation of the Richard J. Hoffman Scholarship for the Perpetuation of Printing Education Technology at California State University, Los Angeles

Box 4, Folder 5

Pamphlets about fine presses by Tyrus G. Harmsen

Scope and Content Note

Includes Grant Dahlstrom (Castle Press), The Plantin Press, and the Ward Ritchie Press.
Box 4, Folder 6

"Small Renaissance: Southern California Style" by Jacob Zeitlin 1972

Note

First read as a lecture at the Huntington Library in 1955, first printed in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, v. 50, 1st quarter, 1956, and reprinted in 1972 by Richard Hoffman for the author.
Box 4, Folder 7

"Pain: Historical Perspectives" by Edwin M. Todd 1984

Box 4, Folder 8

"Remembering Ed Castagna" by Lawrence Clark Powell 1984

Note

This item is a keepsake from a joint meeting of the Zamorano and Roxburghe clubs.
Box 4, Folder 9

"A Tale of Two Books" by Ward Ritchie 1986

Note

This item is a keepsake from a joint meeting of the Zamorano and Roxburghe clubs.
Box 4, Folder 10

"Next to Mother's Milk..." by Lawrence Clark Powell 1987

Note

A reprint of an Engelhard Lecture on the Book at the Library of Congress, April 8, 1986.
Box 4, Folder 11

Printed Ephemera 1948-1983

Scope and Content Note

Includes booklets from an exhibit on Hugo Steiner-Prag, a program from the inauguration of California State College at Los Angeles President Franklyn Arthur Johnson, a print of a talk at the Zamorano Club "Billington on Nevins", a 1981 Hoffman family Christmas letter, a memorial print for Andrew Horn, and a few other items.
Box 4, Folder 12

Printed Ephemera

Scope and Content Note

Undated printed ephemera, including stationery, invitations, greeting cards, and other items.
Box 4, Folder 13-17

Printed Ephemera 1940-1989

Scope and Content Note

Includes a memorial for Gregg Anderson (1949), a program for the naming of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at California State College at Los Angeles (1964), an invitation to the golden wedding anniversary party for the Hoffmans (1984), invitations to events, announcements of retirements, memorials, and birthdays, and other printed ephemera.
Box 4, Folder 18

Items related to an exhibition at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library about Richard J. Hoffman 1978

Scope and Content Note

Items related to a retrospective exhibition at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library to showcase his more than fifty years of printing. Includes an invitation to the reception for the exhibit, a keepsake quotation print, and photocopies of the guest book from the reception.
Box 4, Folder 19

Announcement for Richard J. Hoffman's memorial service 1989

Box 5, Folder 1

Printed Ephemera 1976, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Includes a printed keepsake from the Zamorano Club ("The Beginnings of Journalism in Southern California" by Carey S. Bliss) and a program from the dinner honoring Richard J. Hoffman on his retirement.
Box 5, Folder 2

"Printer's Life is Happily Typecast" by Susan Surges 1981

Note

A newspaper article printed twice (September 6 and 10, 1981) from the Los Angeles Times. The articles are located in the "H" drawer, which can be found in the oversized item map drawers.
Box 5, Folder 3

Miscellaneous Ephemera 1980

Scope and Content Note

Includes an oversized Zamorano Club keepsake and a University of Southern California sample certificate for the Albert S. Raubenheimer Distinguished Faculty Award.

Note

These items are located in the "H" drawer, which can be found in the oversized item map drawers.
Box 5, Folder 4

Printed booklets 1935-1984

Scope and Content Note

Includes a variety of small booklets printed by Richard J. Hoffman for individuals, clubs, and classes at Los Angeles Junior College. There are 26 different items; some have duplicate copies.
Map Drawer "H"

Oversized printed ephemera.

Scope and Content Note

  • Ashurst, Henry Fountain. "A Speech in the United States Senate." 1955. 3 copies.
  • "Call for Books 39th Western Books Exhibition 1980".
  • [A Christmas message from the Hoffmans.]
  • Churchyard, Thomas. "A description and playne discourse of paper..."
  • Cleland, T.M. "A First Letter - T.M. Cleland to Will Bradley." 2 copies.
  • Davis, Robert H. "I am the Printing Press..." Broadside. 1978.
  • Donne, John. "All Mankinde is of One Author..."
  • [A facsimile reproduction of the Declaration of Independence.] 1976. 2 copies.
  • "Fourteenth Western Books Exhibition -- 1955 Award of Merit" certificate.
  • Hart, James D. "A Page from McTeague by Frank Norris..." 2 copies.
  • Hoffman, Richard. "Rags Make Paper..." 1971.
  • [Hugo Steiner-Prag Memorial Exhibition Brochure.] 1948. 2 copies.
  • "I believe in the United States of America without reservation." 1988.
  • "The Journalist's Creed." 15 copies.
  • "Leonardo - The Desire to Know." 4 copies.
  • "Letter from John White Geary to his brother Edward Geary."
  • "Los Angeles Corral Westerners." 1986.
  • Meynell, Sir Francis. "But your flowers!" Broadside. 1987.
  • Moxon, Joseph. "The Waygoose."
  • "The Old Gordsedd Prayer." Broadside.
  • [Portrait of Richard Hoffman with Class.] November 1948.
  • St. Francis of Assissi. [Prayer written September 13, 1981.]
  • "Up Up & Away with Ready Gates California's First Balloonist." 2 copies.
  • "Alpha-Psi Chapter Epsilon Pi Tau Initiation and Installation Program."
  • [Announcement of a lecture by Lawrence Clark Powell entitled "The Language of the Heart." February 20, 1957.]
  • Donne, John. "All mankinde is of one Author, and is one volume..." 2 copies.
  • "I believe in the United States of America without reservation..." 1961.
  • [Memorial Exhibition announcement for Hugo Steiner-Prag.]
  • Milton, John. "A Reopagitica." [An excerpt from a speech, 1644.]
  • Purcell, Henry. "Why so serious, why so grave..." 1954.
  • "Resolutions of Commendation for Clifford G. Dobson." 1973.
  • "Resolutions of Appreciation to the University of Colorado."
  • White, William Allen. "Daily, thousands of citizens..."

Note

These items are located in the "H" drawer, which can be found in the oversized item map drawers. Information may also be found in the drawer contents page located inside the "H" drawer.