Scope and Content
Title: Heritage Book Shop Records
Collection number: MS.2007.015
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Materials written in English.
157.0 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1966-2007
This collection contains items related to the Heritage Book Shop, including sale and purchase invoices, inventories, daily
business files, catalogs, and artwork.
Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection.
Heritage Book Shop (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Access to this collection is restricted. Permission to view the collection must be obtained from Ben or Lou Weinstein. The
Clark Library will forward any requests to the Weinsteins for their approval.
Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. 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], Records of the Heritage Book Shop, MS.2007.015, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University
of California, Los Angeles.
Gift of Ben and Louis Weinstein, 2007.
The Heritage Book Shop was an antiquarian bookshop located in Los Angeles, founded and owned by brothers Ben and Louis Weinstein.
The shop started initially as B & J Merchandisers in early 1963 on Compton Boulevard in Compton, California, selling books,
clothes, tools, and other items. The bookshop moved to various rented locations early on, but by November of 1988 the brothers
moved the bookshop to a former mortuary on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.
The Weinsteins were active in the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and in the Antiquarian Booksellers
Association of America (ABAA). In addition to selling rare and antiquarian books, the Heritage Book Shop also sold autographed
letters, artwork and illustrations, and modern first editions. The bookshop entertained quite a few famous clients, including
those from the entertainment and music industries.
After 44 years in business, the Heritage Book Shop was closed in August of 2007. Ben Weinstein continues business in an office
at the Pacific Design Center under the Heritage Book Shop name. The entirety of the Heritage Book Shop reference collection
was donated to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA. The majority of their stock has been sold in a series of
auctions in New York by Bloomsbury Book Auctions.
Scope and Content
This collection contains papers and other items related to the Heritage Book Shop including invoices and inventories of items
bought and sold, files related to daily business of the bookshop (aside from book sales and purchases), and catalogs and artwork
related to books and other items for sale. Materials are primarily paper records, but the collection also includes photographic
negatives, VHS tapes, CD-ROMs, bound catalogs, and engraving plates. Not all folders are dated, but items range from the late
1960s to 2007.
Some folder titles within boxes may not correspond exactly to the titles listed in the finding aid, as there were occasionally
discrepancies in labeling folders. (For example, in boxes 74 through 79, folders are labeled as "invoices" or "invoices/book
descriptions" or "invoices/book descriptions/lists", but are simply titled "subject/author files" within the finding aid and
in other boxes.)
This collection is arranged into four series, each of which is divided into subseries.
- Series 1. Inventories
- Series 2. Invoices
- Series 3. Business Files
- Series 4. Catalogs and Art
Physical processing of this collection was begun by Pearl Yi in 2008. Processing was completed and this finding aid written
by Jamie Henricks in March 2009.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Antiquarian booksellers--California--20th century
Booksellers and bookselling--California--20th century.