Scope and Content
Title: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Horn Printing Chappel Files.
Identifier/Call Number: University Archives Record Series 704
UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material:
3.2 linear ft.
Record Series 704 contains records about the activities of UCLA's Horn Printing Chappel, which include the history of the
Chappel, activities, related coursework within the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and relevant lecture
series. Records and printing work of Professor Andrew H. Horn, his colleague Professor Diana M. Thomas, and their students
University of California, Los Angeles. Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
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Copyright of portions of this collection has been assigned to The Regents of the University of California. The UCLA University
Archives can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish
or quote must be submitted in writing to the UCLA University Archivist.
The Horn Printing Chappel Files were preliminarily processed in 2001 by University Archives Staff. The files were reprocessed
in 2011 by Katharine A. Lawrie. Reprocessing of the files included weeding of duplicates and unrelated materials, organization
into topical and chronological classifications, and rehousing of materials into archival folders and boxes. Files removed
included personal and professional papers of Andrew H. Horn, professional papers of Diana M. Thomas, and papers relating to
the non-printing history and activities of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS).
[Identification of item], Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Horn Printing Chappel Files (University Archives
Record Series 704). UCLA Library Special Collections, University Archives.
Horn Printing Chappel founder Professor Andrew H. Horn came to UCLA in 1959 to assist in the formation of a School of Library
Service (SLS). His personal interest in the art of letterpress lead to the acquisition of printing presses for the University,
which were established in the SLS and physically located in the basement of Powell Library (a.k.a. College Library). An Albion
Press was the first printing press acquired for the school in 1961, enabling printing activities. Horn instituted classes
in the art of printing, and with his students, the University Library, and the Department of English, founded a printing chappel
(or society) in 1964. A lecture series, "Typography and the Graphic Arts," was established to supplement these interests.
The Chappel (sometimes referred to as the CLU Chappel, and renamed in honor of Professor Horn upon his retirement) continued
with its printing activities as UCLA acquired ten more printing presses, and further developed printing activities. Professor
Horn went on to serve as Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (formerly the SLS) from 1966-1975,
and continued to teach bibliographic and printing classes through 1980. Upon his retirement, some of his responsibilities
fell to colleague Diana Thomas, who continued to teach printing and bibliographic course work into the 1990's.
In 1992, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science moved to a new location that did not provide space for the
Horn Printing Chappel. From 1992-1994, the presses were dispersed and the Chappel effectively disbanded. During the distribution
of Chappel supplies, some presses and a large collection of type were stored at the Clark Library in Los Angeles, others were
placed in the custody of Professor Diana M. Thomas, and one remained in use at the Center for Bibliographic Studies at UC
Riverside. The presses and accompanying type would remain out of use for many years.
In 2009, the Horn Press was revived by Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Professor Johanna Drucker, who
provided the Press with use of her own Vandercook Proof Press and type collection. The Press remains in active use by both
students and alumni. Current records of the revived Horn Press are held by the organization.
Scope and Content
Record Series 704 contains UCLA's Horn Printing Chappel files, with materials about student and professional printing activities
at UCLA, as well as the related teaching materials of Andrew H. Horn and Diana M. Thomas. Records relate specifically to:
press inauguration, activities, and dissolution; acquisition and use of printing presses owned and operated by the Chappel;
specialized supplies used in the printing process; related academic courses; publications generated by the press; and special
presentations related to bibliographic and printing topics. Among the many media found in the collection are: photographs,
slides, an oral cassette tape, and a 3.5" floppy disk. More than seventy unique booklets from the press, sample supplies,
and extensive information regarding various presses and the printing trade in general further accentuate the collection.
Abbreviations found in the Collection include:
SLS: School of Library Service
GSLIS: Graduate School of Library Science
GSEIS: Graduate School of Education and Information Science
UC: University of California
ALA: American Library Association
LAPL: Los Angeles Public Library
A.H.H.: Andrew H. Horn
A. Horn: Andrew H. Horn
D. Thomas: Diana M. Thomas
The collection is organized into the following series:
Series 1. Horn Printing Chappel History, 1962-1992.
Series 2. Horn Printing Chappel Presses, 1961-1981.
Series 3. Horn Printing Chappel Supplies, 1963-1991.
Series 4. Printing Work, 1962-1994.
Series 5. Related Course Work, 1976-1994.
Series 6. Lecture Series, 1975-1987.
This is an active record series; additional University records are expected to be added.