The Adrian Wilson Papers, 1884-1993, document Wilson's personal and
professional life as a fine art printer. Despite a lack of formal training, Wilson founded a
respected fine press, The Press at Tuscany Alley, and his work is well documented in this
collection. Included are client files, designs, and mockups. In addition to the Papers, The
Bancroft Library holds a significant collection of Wilson's published works and ephemera
that have been cataloged separately within the library's general collection. The Papers give
great insight into Wilson as an individual, and include personal correspondence and
journals. Family papers extend to Wilson's parents, Adrian P. and Christine Wilson and the
papers of his wife, Joyce Lancaster.
Adrian Wilson was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on July 1, 1923 to Dutch immigrants, Adrian
P., a horticulturist at the University, and Christine Wilson. When Adrian was seven years
old, Adrian P. Wilson moved the family to Amherst, Massachusetts, where he worked at Smith
Number of containers: 16 boxes, 20 cartons, 15 oversize boxes, 4 oversize folders, 3
Linear feet: 35
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U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of
University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and
publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials
protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of
the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited
without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively
with the user.
Collection is open for research.