Scope and Content
Title: Edwin H. Carpenter Collection on Hand
Date (inclusive): 1940-1988
Collection number: MS.1995.003
Creator: Carpenter, Edwin
2 boxes (1.4 linear feet)
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
Los Angeles, California 90018
Abstract: 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
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 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.
[Identification of item], Edwin H. Carpenter Collection on Hand
Presses, MS.1995.003, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University
of California, Los Angeles.
This collection was originally arranged and inventoried in the 1990s.
In 2009, Slight adjustments were made to the collection's arrangement
(such as putting certain miscellaneous folders into the proper series).
This final processing and the encoding of the finding aid were done by
Jamie Henricks in July, 2009.
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.
Scope and Content
This collection contains items collected by Edwin H. Carpenter about
hand printing presses located primarily in California. The items were
intended to be used to create a list or census of hand presses including
information about the origins of the press and technical specifications.
The materials include papers, photographs, and articles of various
types. Correspondence and press information originate from many of those
of the California press and printing community, such as Ernest Lindner,
Lew Allen, Jeff Craemer, Richard Hoffman, Paul Landacre, Muir Dawson,
Saul Marks, Ward Ritchie, and Roger Levenson. Items range in date from
1895 to 1988, but the bulk of the items date from the 1940s to 1970s.
This collection is arranged thematically into series. Series 4
through 9 include information about hand presses owned by individuals or
institutions, ordered alphabetically by model of press. The collection
was physically arranged and inventoried by a previous processor. Slight
adjustments were made later to the intellectual arrangement (such as
placing certain miscellaneous folders into the proper series in the
finding aid). A few folders were consolidated (box 2, folder 14 was
moved to box 2, folder 5; and box 2, 97 was moved to box 2, folder 79).
The collection is organized into the following series:
- Series 1. About Hand Presses, 1895, 1942-1978
- Series 2. Correspondence, 1956-1981
- Series 3. Artists' Representations of Presses
- Series 4. Acorn, 1959-1975
- Series 5. Albion, 1940-1988
- Series 6. Columbian, 1961-1979
- Series 7. Imperial and Lowe, ca. 1960-1970
- Series 8. Washington, 1949-1986
- Series 9. Other Presses, 1967-1980
- Series 10. Miscellaneous, 1924, 1947-1982
Edwin H. Carpenter collected information on a variety of topics and
individuals. They include
Browne and the Abbey Press
(MS.2007.016, collection held at the
Clark Library) and Lawrence Clark Powell (collection 374 at UCLA Young
Research Library Special Collections).
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
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