Scope and Content
Title: Robert Gibbings Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1919-1989
Collection number: Press Coll. Archives Gibbings
Creator: Gibbings, Robert,
4.6 linear feet
(3 boxes, 1 shelf of bound volumes)
University of California, Los Angeles.
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence,
artwork, bound manuscripts, ephemera, photographs and other materials by
Robert Gibbings and related to his work.
Physical location: Clark Library
Language of Material: Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.
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 Clark Librarian.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews
Clark Memorial Library, UCLA 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], Robert Gibbings Collection, Press Coll.
Archives Gibbings, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of
California, Los Angeles.
This collection, compiled over time by Joseph Kelly Vodrey, was
purchased by the Clark Library in 1986 from Zeitlin & Ver Brugge.
This collection was previously processed and described in a
paper-based finding aid in the 1980s. From January to February 2010
portions of this collection were processed and this finding aid was
written by Ashley Johnston.
Robert Gibbings (1889-1958) was an Irish author and artist best known
for his wood engravings. He bought and ran the Golden Cockerel Press in
Berkshire, England from 1924-1933, when the stresses of the Great Depression
forced him to sell the press. During and after World War II he wrote and
illustrated several books on the landscape and natural history of
various rivers (among them, 'Sweet Thames Run Softly', 'Going Down the
Seine' and 'Lovely is the Lee') which resonated with readers concerned
about the effect of war on the changing countrysides.
Scope and Content
This collection contains correspondence to and from Robert Gibbings's
friends and colleagues, including Eric Gill, as well as ephemera and
photographs related to his work. Artworks in this collection include
copper engravings, wood engravings and drawings in pencil. Bound
manuscripts include original paste-ups, notebooks, and early or
unpublished drafts of books. There is also correspondence between Joseph
Kelly Vodrey and booksellers regarding the compilation of this
The collection is organized into the following series:
- Series 1. Correspondence and Ephemera, 1919-1989. 1 box (.42
- Series 2. Artworks and Proofs, 1921-1959. 1 oversize box (1.67
- Series 3. Bound Manuscripts, 1924-1958. 1 shelf of bound volumes
(2.5 linear feet)
Additional books by Robert Gibbings are held in the William Andrews
Clark Memorial Library's Press Collection and can be found through the
UCLA library catalog.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Joseph Kelly, 1905-1975.