This collection contains items collected by
Edwin H. Carpenter about hand printing presses located primarily in
California intended to be used to create a list or census of hand
presses. Correspondence, photographs, and press information originate
from many of those of the California press and printing
Edwin H. Carpenter was born in Iowa, August 21, 1915. He enlisted in
the Army in Los Angeles on July 11, 1941, eventually becoming a warrant
officer. He later became a Western American bibliographer at the
Huntington Library in San Marino, California. He was interested in hand
printing presses, especially in California and the western United
States. This collection contains information collected about hand
presses, primarily in California. The information appears to have been
intended to create a census of hand presses in the West. It is unclear
whether an official list was published, but handwritten and typed drafts
are included in the collection. The work of inquiring about presses and
their owners was undertaken by Edwin Carpenter and Roger Levenson.
Carpenter did publish a book entitled "Printers and Publishers in
Southern California 1850-1876" (La Siesta Press: 1964). He died in Los
Angeles on January 12, 1995.
2 boxes (1.4 linear feet)
Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial
Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts or printed items 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.
Collection is open for research.