Guide to the Edmund B. Thompson / Hawthorn House Collection

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University of California, Santa Barbara
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Guide to the Edmund B. Thompson / Hawthorn House Collection, ca. 1920s-1984

Collection number: Printers Mss 19

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    D. Tambo
    Date Completed:
    22 December 2003
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2003 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Edmund B. Thompson / Hawthorn House Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1920s-1984
Collection Number: Printers Mss 19
Extent: .8 linear feet (2 document boxes)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Edmund B. Thompson / Hawthorn House Collection. Printers Mss 19. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund B. Thompson, ca. 1965-1977, and Hobart O. Skofield, ca. 1970s-1984.

Biography

Edmund B. Thompson (1897-1974) began his career with William Edwin Rudge in the 1920s. In 1929 he joined Peter Beilenson as a partner in the Walpole Printing Office (New Rochelle) but in 1932, suffering from poor health, he moved to the quiet of Windham, Connecticut where he set up Hawthorn House in his home. There he and his wife set type by hand, printing for others and publishing Thompson's own works such as A Printer's Common-place Book (1937).

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains material relating to Edmund B. Thompson and his printing career, mainly at his Hawthorn House (Windham, Connecticut). Included are checklists, correspondence, photographs, and printing specimens (mainly by Hawthorn House).
Additional copies of Hawthorn House imprints have been cataloged separately and can be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.
Related Thompson/Hawthorn House material also may be found in the Hobart Oliver Skofield Collection (Printers Mss 1).

Collection Contents

Box 1: 1

Biographical/Historical, n.d.

Box 1: 2 - 4

Checklists, ca. 1960s-1984

Box 1: 5 - 8

Correspondence

Box 1: 5 - 7

EBT - to/from Hobart O. Skofield, 1928 - 1973

Box 1: 8

Mrs. EBT [Jess] - to/from Hobart O. Skofield, 1974 - 1977

Box 2: 1

The Log - Willimantic State Teachers College, 1939

Abstract: [printed by Hawthorn House; photocopy]
Box 2: 2

Meriden Gravure - facsimile of the 1809 A Specimen of Metal Ornaments, reproduced as a keepsake, n.d.

Box 2: 3

Peter Pauper Press - Prospectus and "Beautiful Books" announcement, n.d.

Box 2: 4 - 6

Printing Specimens, ca. 1920s-1940s

Abstract: [announcements, bookplates, chapbooks, Christmas greetings, invitations, keepsakes, lists, prospectuses, and other examples of printing, mainly by Edmund B. Thompson]
Box 2: 7

Rudge - Prospectus for Adventures in Americana, 1927

Box 2: 8

Type Founding in the United States - typescript essay, n.d.

Box 2: 9

Walpole Society - printed sheets for the Walpole Society Notebook (1939 meeting) and other printed ephemera, ca. 1930s-1940

Box 2: 10

Photographs - mainly black/white prints of Hawthorn House, 1937