Finding Aid to the Roger Levenson and the Tamalpais Press Archive, 1955-1994

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Roger Levenson and the Tamalpais Press Archive,
Date (inclusive): 1955-1994
Collection number: Press coll. Tamalpais
Creator: Levenson, Roger 1914-
Extent: 12 boxes (6.5 linear feet)
Repository: 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: 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 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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Roger Levenson and the Tamalpais Press Archive, Press coll. Tamalpais, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Acquisition Information

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..

Biographical Note

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 history subjects.
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

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
Tamalpais Press


Container List

 

Series 1. Proofs 1955/1994

Scope and Content Note

Contains proofs for books printed by the press.
Box 1, Folder 1-7

Charles A. Murdock Proofs Published in 1970/72

Scope and Content Note

Contains proofs for the book "Charles A. Murdock, Printer and Citizen of San Francisco: An Appraisal," by George L. Harding
Box 2, Folder 1

Shumate : Visit to Rincon Hill . . . Published in 1963

Scope and Content Note

Contains proofs for the publication "A Visit to Rincon Hill and South Park," by Albert Shumate
Box 2, Folder 2

Hittell : El Triunfo . . . P6375 No date on materials

Scope and Content Note

Contains proofs for the book "El Triunfo de la Cruz: The First Ship Built in the Californias," by Theodore H. Hittell.
Box 2, Folder 3

Hart : Fine Printing in Calif. P60112 Published in 1960

Scope and Content Note

Contains proofs for the book "Fine Printing in California," by James D. Hart.
Box 2, Folder 4

Hammond : Who Saw the Elephant? 1964 P6477 Published in 1964

Scope and Content Note

Contains the proofs for the children's book "Who Saw the Elephant?" by George P. Hammond.
Box 2, Folder 5

Lilienthal : A Wm Morris Press Goes West P6187 Published in 1961

Scope and Content Note

Contains proofs for "A William Morris Press Goes West," by Theodore M. Lilienthal.
Box 2, Folder 6

Grimshaw's Narrative, 1964 P6517 (P6485) 1964

Scope and Content Note

Contains proofs for "Grimshaw's Narrative," by William Robinson Grimshaw
Box 2, Folder 7

Shaffer : Fray Maturino Gilberti . . . (A6367, P6314 &C., &C. Published in 1962

Scope and Content Note

Contains proofs for "Fray Maturino Gilberti and His Books," by Ellen Shaffer.
Box 2, Folder 8

Ottley : A Few Favorite California Books, 1964 A6449 1964

Scope and Content Note

Contains a newspaper articel about "A Few Favorite California Books," by Allan R. Ottley. See Proofs Series, Box 3, Folder 1 for proofs of this title.
Box 2, Folder 9

A Directory of California Wine Growers and Wine Makers in 1860 Published in 1967

Scope and Content Note

Contains proofs for "A Directory of Wine Growers and Wine Makers in 1860," by Ernest P. Peninou and Sidney S. Greenleaf
Box 2, Folder 10

Yosemite in 1896 P62253 Published in 1962

Scope and Content Note

Contains proofs for the reprint of "Yosemite in 1896."
Box 3, Folder 1

Ottley : A Few Favorite California Books

Scope and Content Note

Contains proofs for the publication "A Few Favorite California Books" by Allan R. Ottley.
Box 3, Folder 2-5

Edward G. Kemble/Kemble Occasional Proofs

Box 4, Folder 1

Charles A. Murdock Proofs [Oversize]

Box 4, Folder 2

Charles A. Murdock Proofs [Oversize]

Box 4, Folder 3

Charles A. Murdock Proofs [Oversize]

Box 4, Folder 4

Charles A. Murdock [Oversize]

Box 4, Folder 5

Charles A. Murdock Proofs [Oversize]

Box 4, Folder 6

Kemble Occasional [Oversize]

 

Series 2. Correspondence 1960-1984

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence to and from Roger Levenson to various friends and colleagues. The majority of correspondence consists of letters and postcards written by Levenson to Edwin Carpenter of the Huntington Library, dating 1960-1984, though there are also copies of some letters written to Levenson from Carpenter during this same period. There is also some correspondence with Roby Wentz and Sid Berger.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in chronological order by correspondent.
Box 5, Folder 1-2

Correspondence to Edwin Carpenter 1960

Box 5, Folder 3-4

Correspondence to Edwin Carpenter 1961

Box 5, Folder 5-6

Correspondence to Edwin Carpenter 1962

Box 5, Folder 7-8

Correspondence to Edwin Carpenter 1963

Box 5, Folder 9-10

Correspondence to Edwin Carpenter 1964

Scope and Content Note

Includes one item written by Carpenter to RL.
Box 5, Folder 11-12

Correspondence to Edwin Carpenter 1965

Scope and Content Note

Includes several items written by Carpenter to RL.
Box 5, Folder 13

Correspondence to Edwin Carpenter 1966

Scope and Content Note

Includes several items written by Carpenter to RL.
Box 6, Folder 1

Correspondence to/from Edwin Carpenter 1967

Box 6, Folder 2

Correspondence to/from Edwin Carpenter 1968

Box 6, Folder 3

Correspondence to/from Edwin Carpenter 1969

Box 6, Folder 4

Correspondence to/from Edwin Carpenter 1970

Box 6, Folder 5

Correspondence to/from Edwin Carpenter 1971

Box 6, Folder 6

Correspondence to/from Edwin Carpenter 1972

Box 6, Folder 7

Correspondence to/from Edwin Carpenter 1973

Box 6, Folder 8

Correspondence to Edwin Carpenter 1974

Box 7, Folder 1

Correspondence to/from Edwin Carpenter 1975

Box 7, Folder 2

Correspondence to/from Edwin Carpenter 1976

Box 7, Folder 3

Correspondence to/from Edwin Carpenter 1977

Box 7, Folder 4

Corrspondence to/from Edwin Carpenter 1978/1984

Box 7, Folder 5

Correspondence to/from Roby Wentz 1956/1978

Box 7, Folder 6

Correspondence to/from Roby Wentz

Box 7, Folder 7

Letter to Edwin Carpenter from Tom [last name?]; letter from Edwin Carpenter to Roy [last name?]

Box 7, Folder 8

Correspondence to Sid Berger from Roger Levenson 1990

Box 7, Folder 9

Correspondence from Mrs. Marsha Evans [includes Roger Levenson obituary]

 

Series 3. Roger Levenson Files 1955/1964

Scope and Content Note

Each file contains items printed by the Tamalpais Press during the year indicated on the file.
Box 7, Folder 9

Levenson - 1955, 1956

Box 7, Folder 10

Levenson - 1957 1957

Box 7, Folder 11

Levenson - 1958

Box 7, Folder 12

Levenson - 1959 1959

Box 7, Folder 13

Levenson - 1960 1960

Box 7, Folder 14

Levenson - 1961 1961

Box 8, Folder 1

Levenson - 1962 1962

Box 8, Folder 2

Levenson - 1963 1963

Box 8, Folder 3

Levenson - 1964 1964

 

Series 4. Miscellany Circa 1955/1994

Scope and Content Note

Contains material printed by the Tamalpais Press including pamphlets, posters, invitations, announcements, business cards, programs, etc.
Box 8, Folder 4

Rolls Royce Owners Club - Northern California No date given

Box 8, Folder 5

California College of the Arts circa 1955/56

Box 8, Folder 6

Tamalpais Press Job Docket Form

Box 8, Folder 7

The Composers' Forum

Box 8, Folder 8

Invitations for a meeting of the Tamalpais Press

Box 8, Folder 9

Business Cards, Bookplates

Box 8, Folder 10

Stationery

Box 8, Folder 11

Camino, Cable, and Northern Railroad

Box 8, Folder 12

University of California, Berkeley

Box 8, Folder 13

California Historical Society

Box 9, Folder 1

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad

Box 9, Folder 2

Christmas Exhibition 1959 - UC Berkeley Library

Box 9, Folder 3

Joaquin Miller - Poet of the Sierra

Box 9, Folder 4

North Bay Food and Wine Society

Box 9, Folder 5

Dan Hoffner

Box 9, Folder 6

Antelope and Western Railroad

Box 9, Folder 7

Benjamin Franklin - Republican Printer

Box 9, Folder 8

Sacramento Book Collector's Club

Box 9, Folder 9

Berkeley Wine and Food Society

Box 9, Folder 10

Roxburghe Club

Box 9, Folder 11

Miscellaneous printing including materials for "A Visit to Rincon Hill," and the Roxburghe Club

Box 9, Folder 12

Alta California Bookstore Catalogs

Box 9, Folder 13

Hail Zamorano

Box 9, Folder 14

Tiburcio Vasquez

Box 9, Folder 15

The American Fantasies

Box 9, Folder 16

Eliza W. Farnham

Box 9, Folder 17

FIne Printing in California - James Hart

Box 9, Folder 18

The Kemble Occasional

Box 9, Folder 19

Shadrach E. Stevens Speculations

Box 9, Folder 20

George Laban Harding

Box 9, Folder 21

Before the Golden Spike

Box Map Drawer, Folder 22

Posters printed by the Tamalpais Press [This folder of oversized items is filed in the map drawer]

Box 10, Folder 1

Dr. Morse's History and other pamphlets

Box 10, Folder 2

Posters and other printed material

Box 10, Folder 3

Directory of California Wine Growers, Berkeley City Club Synchronized Swimmers, and other printed material

Box 10, Folder 4

Roxburghe Club and other printed material

Box 10, Folder 5

Invitations

Box 10, Folder 6

Photograph - Identity Unknown

Box 10, Folder 7

Christmas and other cards

Box 10, Folder 8

Pamphlet "Three Hundred Million Books : The Building of a Special Collection," and other printed materials

Box 10, Folder 9

Ship Ahoy, Ladies

Box 10, Folder 10

Various pamphlets and posters

Box 11, Folder 1

Roxburghe Club, small book "Gee Whiz," other printed material

Box 11, Folder 2

Business Cards

Box 11, Folder 3

Business Cards - Landsdowne Society and California Historical Society

Box 11, Folder 4

Business Cards, Bookplates

Box 11, Folder 5

Pamphlets, including Dan Hoffner and Benjamin Franklin

Box 11, Folder 6-7

Miscellaneous printed material including railroad materials, Sacramento Book Collector's Club Newsletter, food and wine societies, Roxburghe Club and Dan Hoffner.

Box 11, Folder 8

Miscellaneous printed material including Albert Elkus, music programs, religious invitations

Box 11, Folder 9

Newspaper article on Roger Levenson

 

Series 5. The Clark Library Collection Circa 1955/1976

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials printed by the Tamalpais Press collected by the Clark Library over the years.
Box 12

Miscellany

Scope and Content Note

Contains a variety of items including pamphlets, brochures, programs, posters, business cards, invitations, etc.