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Finding Aid for the Letters to Edmund Evans, ca. 1855-1910
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Letters to Edmund Evans,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1855-1910
    Collection number: 865
    Creator: Evans, Edmund, 1826-1905
    Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Edmund Evans (1826-1905) was a color engraver. After his death, the business was carried on by his sons Edmund, Wilfred and Herbert. The collection consists of letters to Edmund Evans, mostly in his capacity as a wood-engraver and color printer, letters to his son, Edmund Wilfred Evans, and one small black album containing fragments of autographs of various people.
    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.
    Language: English.

    Administrative 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.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Myers & Company, 1964, purchase.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Letters to Edmund Evans (Collection 865). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Evans was born February 23, 1826 in Southwark, London, England; at 13 years old, he became reading boy at Samuel Bentley's, printers in Shoe Lane; in 1840 he was apprenticed to wood-engraver Ebenezer Landells; started business as wood-engraver, first on Fleet St. and later on Racquet Court; became known as color engraver, printing The Poems of Oliver Goldsmith (1858) and A Chronicle of England (1864); color-printed children's books by Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, and Kate Greenaway; retired in 1892 to Ventnor; died in 1905; after his death, the business was carried on by his sons Edmund, Wilfred and Herbert.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of letters to Edmund Evans, mostly in his capacity as a wood-engraver and color printer. Also includes letters to his son, Edmund Wilfred Evans, who carried on his father's work with another son, Herbert, after Evans' death. Correspondents include: Kate Greenaway, Walter Crane, Birket Foster, H.K. Browne, Joseph Pennell, and John Tenniel. Also includes one small black album containing fragments of autographs of various people.

    Expanded Scope and Content Note

    The correspondence consists of letters to Evans mostly in his capacity as wood-engraver and color printer, with some letters addressed to his son Edmund Wilfred Evans. As a whole, the letters are concerned with business matters, but many of them contain personal and social messages to Evans and his family. Most of the correspondents are authors, illustrators, engravers, and printers as well as personal friends and acquaintances. Also included is one small black album containing fragments of autographs of various people.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Evans, Edmund, 1826-1905--Correspondence.
    Wood-engravers--England--Correspondence.
    Color printing--England--Correspondence.