Scope and Content
Title: Roger Levenson and the Tamalpais Press
Date (inclusive): 1955-1994
Collection number: Press coll. Tamalpais
Levenson, Roger 1914-
Extent: 12 boxes (6.5 linear
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: Papers of Tamalpais Press and its founder Roger
Levenson, dating from 1955-1994, including correspondence, job files, proofs
and related ephemera.
Physical Location: Clark Library
Language of materials: Collection materials in
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 Librarian. Permission for publication is
given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library 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], Roger Levenson and the Tamalpais Press
Archive, Press coll. Tamalpais, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library,
University of California, Los Angeles.
The Tamalpais Press/Roger Levenson Archive was purchased from Sidney
Berger, an associate of Roger Levenson's. Some materials were collected
independentlyby the Clark Library as a part of their collection of California
fine press materials..
The Tamalpais Press, founded by Roger Levenson, was a fine printing
press located in Berkeley, California that was in operation from circa 1955
until 1976. Printing was done on an 1857 Albion handpress as well as a
seventeenth century press (both of which were donated to the Bancroft Library
at the University of California, Berkeley). The Tamalpais Press printed a wide
range of materials from books to event posters and programs to business cards
and invitations. The books printed by the press focused mostly on California
Roger Levenson was born in Bangor, Maine on 10 October 1914 and learned
printing while an undergraduate at the University of Maine. After serving in
Hawaii during World War II, Roger settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where
he spent the rest of his life. He founded and operated the Tamalpais Press from
circa 1955 until 1976 when he retired. In addition to running the Tamalpais
Press, Roger was a teacher and lecturer, most notably at the University of
California, Berekeley where he taught a course for twelve years on "The History
of the Book." He died of cancer on 29 May 1994.
Scope and Content
This collection contains materials associated with the Tamalpais Press,
including proofs for books, printed matter, and correspondence to and from the
owner of the press, Roger Levenson, covering the years 1953 until 1994.
The collection is organized into the following series:
- Series 1. Proofs, 1955/1994
- Series 2. Correspondence, 1960-1984
- Series 2. Roger Levenson Files, 1956/1964
- Series 3. Roger Levenson Files, 1955/1964
- Series 4. Miscellany, Circa 1955/1994
- Series 5. The Clark Library Collection, Circa 1955/1976
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.