Scope and Content
Title: Zamorano Club Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1920-2000
Collection number: Press Coll. Archives Zamorano
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: Collection of materials created by and for
the Zamorano Club, including primarily printed books, pamphlets, and
other ephemera from meetings, talks, and dinners. Also includes minutes
from meetings, meeting announcements, and other club functional
Physical location: Clark Library
Language of Materials: 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], Zamorano Club Collection, Press Coll.
Zamorano Archive, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of
California, Los Angeles.
This collection was processed and described by Jamie Henricks in
July, 2009. The finding aid adheres to Describing Archives: a Content
The Zamorano Club is a Southern Californian organization for
bibliophiles and manuscript collectors. It was founded in 1928, and
sponsors lectures and publications on book-related topics. The Club was
named in honor of Agustín V. Zamorano (1798-1842), a provisional
governor of Alta California and the state's first printer. It is club
tradition to present keepsakes to Club members at meetings, resulting in
a variety of printed mementos ranging from pamphlets to small books;
sometimes the items are reproductions of historical documents.
The Zamorano Club has had its meetings at various places since its
founding, including the University Club, the Treasure Room within USC's
Doheny Library, and other locations. As of January 2009, the club
resides at the Women's City Club of Pasadena. In May 1991, coincident
with the move from USC, it was decided to put the Club's book collection
in storage at Occidental College Library. Subsequently the Board of
Governors decided to dispose of the collection, and the books were
accordingly sold at Pacific Book Auction Galleries (sale 180, 15
February 1999). The proceeds from the sale were placed in the Club's
Early members include A. Gaylord Beaman (insurance), Garner A.
Beckett (cement manufacturer), William W. Clary (attorney), Arthur M.
Ellis (attorney), W. Irving Way (bookman), Robert O. Schad (Curator of
Rare Books, Henry E. Huntington Library), and Robert E. Cowan (Librarian
of William Andrews Clark Library). Lawrence Clark Powell (former UCLA
University Librarian), Ward Ritchie (a fine press printer), and others
have been members of the Zamorano Club as well.
Scope and Content
This collection contains materials created by and for the Zamorano Club:
including primarily printed books, pamphlets, and other ephemeral
keepsakes from meetings, talks, and dinners. Many of the keepsakes
originate from biennial joint meetings of the Zamorano Club (Southern
California) with the Roxburghe Club (Northern California). The
collection also includes bound volumes of minutes from meetings, meeting
announcements, and other club functional records. The items range in
date from 1920 to 2000.
The collection is arranged in original order according to processing
done in the past. When appropriate, folders are ordered chronologically,
such as printed ephemera arranged by printing date.
The Clark Library holds other material related to the Zamorano Club,
in addition to materials created by or related to printers, publishers
and figures associated with the Club. Much of these items are cataloged
and can be searched via the
UCLA Library's online
Archival material related to or produced by presses
and printers is described at the
page at the Online Archive of California
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Genres and Forms