Guide to the Rather Press Collection, 1968-1996

Processed by Hülya Reshad; machine-readable finding aid created by James Lake
Sanoian Special Collections Library
California State University, Fresno
5200 North Barton Avenue M/S ML 34
Fresno, California 93740-8014
Phone: (559) 278-2595
Fax: (559) 278-6952
Email: specialc@listserv.csufresno.edu
URL: http://www.lib.csufresno.edu/SubjectResources/SpecialCollections
© 1998
California State University, Fresno. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Rather Press Collection, 1968-1996

Sanoian Special Collections Library



Henry Madden Library

Fresno, California

Contact Information:

  • Sanoian Special Collections Library
  • California State University, Fresno
  • 5200 North Barton Avenue M/S ML 34
  • Fresno, California 93740-8014
  • Phone: (559) 278-2595
  • Fax: (559) 278-6952
  • Email: specialc@listserv.csufresno.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.csufresno.edu/SubjectResources/SpecialCollections
Processed by:
Hülya Reshad
Date Completed:
1998
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1998 California State University, Fresno. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Rather Press Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1968-1996
Creator: Rather Press
Extent: 1 linear foot
Repository: Henry Madden Library (California State University, Fresno).

Sanoian Special Collections Library.
Fresno, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Acquisition

The collection was donated by Dr. Roger K. Larson in 1997.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Rather Press Collection, Sanoian Special Collections Library, California State University, Fresno.

Background

The Rather Press was founded by Clif Rather in 1967 as a therapeutic hobby after a stroke paralyzed his left side. His wife, Lois Rather began to write material for him to print and the partnership of this private press began. The Rathers did all of the work required in producing and marketing their limited-edition books, sold at cost regardless of the time and labor involved. After Clif Rather died in 1987, Lois continued writing and printing until her own death in 1996.

Scope and Content

The Rather Press collection measures 1 linear foot and dates from 1968 to 1996. The bibliographies list everything published by The Rather Press in chronological order, regardless of format. The first bibliography, covering the years 1968 to 1978, is extensively annotated and illustrated. The history was written by Roger K. Larson, personal friend of the Rathers and donor of the collection. One of the manuscripts, "One Life," is Lois Rather's unpublished autobiography. The newspaper clipping describes the history of The Rather Press and the lives of the Rathers. There are also three miniature books and numerous pamphlets and limerick calendars that Lois Rather created every year.
All of The Rather Press books have been cataloged and are housed in the Colver Collection.

Container List

Box Box 1

Bibliographies and history, 1978, 1989

 

Birthday, Christmas and note cards, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977-1983, 1991 and undated

 

Book announcements, 1970, 1975, 1977 and undated

 

Calendars

 

1970-1979

 

1980-1989

 

1990-1996

 

Manuscripts

 

"J. Ross Browne, Adventurer," 1978

 

"One Life," 1986

 

Miniature books (3), [1975, 1976]

 

Newspaper clipping, 1976

 

Pamphlets

 

1968-1969

 

1970-1974

 

1975-1979

 

1987-1988

 

1989

 

1990

 

1991

 

1992-1993

 

1994

 

1995-1996

 

Undated