Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Finding Aid for the Jake Zeitlin Papers, ca. 1926-1987
334  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (478.15 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
 
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jake Zeitlin Papers
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1926-1987
    Collection number: 334
    Creator: Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-
    Extent: 778 boxes (389 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Jacob Israel Zeitlin (1902-1987) was a bookseller, poet and book reviewer in Ft. Worth, Texas before moving to Los Angeles (1925). He was employed by the Holmes Book Company and the book departments of the May Company and Bullock's before opening his first shop (1927) which he relocated in 1929 and 1948. He sold rare books, prints, and paintings, lectured widely on subjects related to rare books and the history of science, and represented many collectors of the history of science. Zeitlin was also instrumental in bringing many collections to UCLA, including the Grunewald Graphic Arts Collection, and he personally donated several manuscript collections to the Department of Special Collections. The collection consists of correspondence, financial records, ephemera and catalogs related to Zeitlin's various bookshops and publishing enterprises, as well as personal correspondence with literary figures and other friends.
    Language: English
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Gift of Jake Zeitlin, 1955-87.
    • Gift of Joel Zeitlin, 1987-88.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Geneva Gano, with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2004, in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT).

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jake Zeitlin Papers (Collection 334). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Jacob Israel Zeitlin was born on November 4, 1902, in Racine, Wisconsin; worked as a bookseller, poet and book reviewer in Ft. Worth, Texas; moved to Los Angeles in 1925; began career in bookselling when employed by Holmes Book Company and the book departments of the May Company and Bullock's; published his first book of poems and began as an independent bookseller in 1927; opened his first shop, designed by Lloyd Wright, in 1927; Wright designed a more elaborate shop in 1929 that became a meeting place for the city's intellectuals; Zeitlin and friends published Opinion, a influential but short-lived magazine; he ran Primavera Press from 1929-33 in collaboration with Lawrence Clark Powell, Carey McWilliams, Phil Townsend Hanna, and Ward Ritchie; Zeitlin was one of the founders of the Rounce & Coffin Club in 1931; in collaboration with his wife, Josephine Ver Brugge, moved his shop into a large red barn on La Cienega Blvd. in 1948, selling rare books, prints, and paintings; lectured widely on subjects related to rare books and the history of science, and represented many collectors of the history of science; was instrumental in bringing many collections to UCLA, including the Grunewald Graphic Arts Collection, and he personally donated several manuscript collections to the Department of Special Collections; received Doctor of Letters from Occidental College in 1981; died in August 1987.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, financial records, ephemera and catalogs related to Zeitlin's various bookshops and publishing enterprises, as well as personal correspondence with literary figures and other friends.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Zeitlin, Jake, 1902- --Archives.
    Jake Zeitlin Books (Firm: Los Angeles, Calif.)--Archives.
    Zeitlin & Ver Brugge (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Archives.
    Antiquarian booksellers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Intellectuals--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.